Valentine fortune cookies

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
4 larges Egg whites
1 cup Superfine sugar
1 cup All-purpose flour; sift
1 pinch Salt
3 tablespoons Heavy cream
1 teaspoon Almond extract

Heat oven to 400~. Spray a cookie sheet liberally with cooking spray. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine egg whites and sugar and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add flour and salt and beat until combined. Add butter, heavy cream and almond extract and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.

Pour 1 tablespoon of batter onto half of the baking sheet and spread with the back of the spoon into a thin 5" circle; repeat on the other half of the sheet. Bake until the edges turn golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove baking sheet to a heat-resistant surface. Working as quickly as possible, slide a spatula (an offset spatula, available at specialty kitchen shops, works best) under one of the cookied. Lift it up and place it on a clean kitchen towel. Using your fingers, fold the cookie in half, pinching the top together to form a loose semicircle. Hold the cookie with your index finger inserted at each open end and slide your thumbs together along the bottom line. Press into the center while bending the 2 open ends together and down to form the shape of a fortune cookie. This whole process should take about 10 seconds. Once the cookie hardens, which begins to happen almost immediately, you cannot fold it into the shape. Place the cookie on the kitchen towel to cool and shape the second cookie. Repeat until all the batter is used up. To speed up the process, bake 4 cookies at a time, staggering 2 cookie sheets by 4 minutes to give you time to shape. To avoid wasting batter, try the shaping process with a circle of paper first.

Posted to EAT-L Digest 19 Mar 97 by Teasel <teasel@...> on Mar 19, 1997

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