I do not like baking that much. I think it is because of the restrictions imposed by working with exact measures and quantities. Not being able to improvise in the kitchen kills my mojo a bit, I need to feel free to add or subtract a little of this or a little of that, and I need to be able to do it whenever I feel like. When it comes to baking, the whole Farmer’s Philosophy that “The Scale Is In The Hand” does not really apply much! But I have kids, and they expect me to bake, they demand cookies, they don’t care witnessing their father succumbing to childish rants when a recipe fails: “Babbo, don’t worry, you can try again, we’ll help”!
Recently Evelina got into coffee. She is 11 years old going 20 and she started smelling emancipation and a little more freedom in the things of daily life: she runs errands on the avenue, hangs with kids on the stoop, and started requesting me to cook new things for her quickly growing discerning palate. We did some math together and came out with the idea of making cookies with her new favorite ingredient, coffee. We agreed that she could choose the flavor and I would choose the base dough for it: a nice buttery shortbread with a hint of salt.
Here is the result, a luxurious Coffee Shortbread that works well basically at any moment of the day, from a breakfast treat to a great accompaniment to your after dinner shot of Rum. Enjoy!