This small-batch recipe we found at dessertfortwo.com is truly the perfect hing to make when you’re looking for “just a little sweet.” Astoundingly easy to make, with the sweet flavor of maple, which we from New England consider a springtime flavor; this des- sert is elegant enough to justify the xtra calories. The maple shortbread cookies are a perfect crunchy accompa- niment to the crème brûlèe, as well as being terribly addictive on their own. This is a terrific treat to surprise that special person in your life. Indulge and enjoy.—G.C. maple crème brûlèe
maple shortbread cookies
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) maple sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon maple flavor
1/3 cup (1 3/8 ounces) King arthur unbleached all-purpose
3 large egg yolks
1 cup ( 8 ounces) heavy cream
1/4 cup ( 2 3/4 ounces) maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) maple or
1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Have on hand
two 8-ounce custard cups or ramekins.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg
yolks, cream, maple syrup, flavoring, and
salt. Strain the mixture into the two ramekins. Place the ramekins in a loaf pan
or baking dish and place in the oven. Pour
boiling water into the pan until it reaches
halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake for 40 minutes for wide shallow
ramekins and 50 to 55 minutes for taller
ones. Remove from the oven and cool to
room temperature before putting in the
refrigerator to chill completely.
Beat the butter with the sugars, salt, vanilla, and maple flavor
until well blended. Beat in the flour to form a smooth dough.
The dough may be crumbly at first, but will come together as
it’s mixed. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap well, and chill for
about an hour. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a
baking sheet, or line with parchment. Sprinkle the dough and
your work surface lightly with flour. Roll the dough until it’s
a scant 1/4" thick. Cut cookies with a cookie cutter, place on
the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle with maple sugar.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until they’re lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let sit on the baking sheet for several
minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely. Yield: 6
nutrition information per serving (1 cookie, 22g): 106 calories, 1g protein, 13g carbohydrates,
6g fat, 0g fiber, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 15mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 8g sugars,
0mg vitamin C, 0mg iron, 9mg calcium. Weight Watchers pointsplus®: 3 points.
Just before serving, sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over each and heat under
the broiler or with a kitchen torch until
melted. Yield: 2 desserts.
nutrition information per serving (189g): 613 calories, 6g protein, 40g carbohydrates, 49g fat, 0g fiber, 29g saturated fat,
1g trans fat, 432mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 34g sugars,
1mg vitamin C, 1mg iron, 157mg calcium. Weight Watchers
pointsplus®: 17 points.