BakeCamp LA is just around the corner, and one baker, in particular, has caught our attention with her unique creation. Meet Julie, a talented chef, chronicler of culinary vice, and the author behind the popular blog TwoBitTart.com. Julie is all set to showcase her delicious cookies, aptly named "Pecan Mocha Malties," at our Hollywood BakeCamp Oct 7th (Get TIckets).
In this blog post, we'll delve into Julie's cookie journey, explore her chosen recipe, and discover her tips for baking the perfect cookie.
Discovering the Perfect Recipe:
Julie's "Pecan Mocha Malties" are no ordinary cookies. These delectable treats feature a delightful combination of flavors, including pecan, coffee, malt, and bittersweet chocolate ganache. The inspiration for these cookies stemmed from Julie's love for the often-overlooked ingredient, malt. After experimenting with different variations, she stumbled upon the perfect balance of flavors. The soft, pecan and coffee-infused shortbread cookies, with their bittersweet chocolate ganache filling, create an irresistible combination that is both rich and satisfying.
Why the Chosen Recipe Stands Out:
Julie chose the "Pecan Mocha Malties" for BakeCamp LA because they offer a unique twist on the traditional sandwich cookie. With twice as many cookies to prepare, Julie embraced the challenge, determined to present a cookie that would stand out among the rest. The not-too-sweet nature of these cookies acts as a refreshing palate cleanser amidst the plethora of sugary treats at the event. Julie's recipe has received rave reviews, even from those who aren't typically fond of sweets or coffee.
Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Cookie:
Julie is a firm believer in one crucial cookie-making technique: chilling the dough overnight. By allowing the dough to rest in the refrigerator, the flavors have ample time to meld together, resulting in a more pronounced and complex flavor profile. This simple step elevates the taste and texture of the final product, ensuring a memorable cookie experience for all.
A Cookie-Related Memory:
Julie fondly reminisces about a particular cookie-related memory during her travels in New Mexico. In a small town called Chimayo, she stumbled upon a quaint café where she discovered biscochitos, the official state cookie. These simple, cinnamon-sugar-dusted cookies made with lard, which provides a unique texture, captured her heart and started her love affair not only with this unassuming cookie, but with New Mexico itself. The residents are quite proud of their biscochitos, the first officially-designated state cookie in the US. Since her first bite in Chimayo, she’s sampled dozens of biscochitos in cafes and local restaurants throughout New Mexico and has even developed her own version as well. This encounter highlighted the cultural significance and joy that can be found in cookies, evoking a sense of nostalgia and connection to the places we visit.
As BakeCamp LA approaches, anticipation for Julie's Pecan Mocha Malties continues to grow. With their unique flavor profile and impeccable balance of sweetness, these cookies are sure to be a hit among attendees. Julie's love for baking, combined with her culinary expertise, has brought forth a remarkable creation that showcases her passion for the craft. Make sure to visit Julie at BakeCamp LA and experience the magic of her Pecan Mocha Malties firsthand. For more mouthwatering recipes and stories, be sure to follow Julie on her blog, Two Bit Tart.
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