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Jam In!

I bought last week persimmons, but I waited too long and they became very ripe and not appetizing anymore… To don’t waste anything I made a jam with.

I was disappointed, instead of the bright orange colour’s fruit, the jam turned out a caramel-like colour… Never mind, I have a good home-made jam now !

The thing is I’m not used to eat jam anymore… I avoid to buy jam and I barely eat breakfast everyday (boohh !…). When I was a child a slice of bread with butter and dripping jam was the perfect ‘quatre heure’ (snack) ! And it took me years to loose this bad habit of nibbling…

So, what shall we do with this jam ? Lunettes à la confiture inspired me to make use of my jam (there’s still left…). I made a simpler version of those sablés you can find in bakeries in France. I just sandwiched a layer of jam between two thin sablés. It’s classic and not so fun as the bicolor ones I made previously; but I prefer the taste of these ones, slightly flavoured with lemon rind. Of course persimmon jam is an option, your favorite jam will be perfect too. Mine is orange marmalade and yours ?

Useless to say that I bend the rules this time and ate them in the afternoon, sipping a warm cup of tea !

Sablés with jam

125g flour
90g unsalted butter chopped
60g caster sugar
2 egg yolks
Half lemon rind, finely grated
1 pinch of salt

In the middle of flour add chopped butter and all the ingredients // Knead quickly to combine all the ingredients // Shape the dough in a ball shape, flour it all around, wrap it with a plastic film and store it in the fridge for 2 hours // Preheat oven to 190°C // Roll down the dough (around 3 to 4 mm thick) on a dusted flour surface // Cut shapes with a cookie cutter // Then place them on a baking tray covered with baking paper // Bake for 7 to 8 minutes // Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling tray // When they are cooled, spread jam on a sablé and top it with a second one.

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Apple of my eyes

I have been searching desperately for a specific origami box on the Net and complain to Paprika that I could not find the pattern. It’s not really a box actually, there is no lead. I like the design with triangular petals and double sided paper –like the one I bought last week. I did it once from a book we had in Paris -unfortunately we had to get rid of when we moved.

Of course, my natural eagerness, pushed me to go for an other option and I did a simple square box. Like a favor box. As soon as I did it, I felt a little bit puzzled. What could I put in ? Jewels ? Beads ? … No ! I imagine little sweets in !

Last night, Paprika did find out the pattern of THE box -I guess in 5 minutes, like usually ! – and send it to me by email to surprise me ! Isn’t it sweet ? I will be able to show you one soon.

Why sometimes, when I don’t know, should I keep it simple and I don’t ? ‘Même pas peur’ !… Instead of making plain cookies, I had in mind Fanny’s lovely sablés ! I liked the bi-color idea and decided to go for a cocoa version. It was fun to do it, but as you can see on the pictures, my sablés look like finger food ! They are only 3cm diameter. The reason is I divided proportions into two. I don’t have a couple of hungry children at home so I did not want to end up with 30 sablés !

Never mind, they are tiny, but edible and not too sweet, I prefer ! Just ready to offer !

Sources: Recipe from Fanny at Foodbeam
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