I love to take baked goods to share when our wonderful indie bookstore, Paragraphs on Padre Blvd, hosts a book signing. I haven't been in my baking groove (as you can tell from the lack of posts) for some time. Last night and this morning, however, I was "on" and ready to bake! Both of these cookies have been blogged about before - but I decided to go ahead and re-post anyway! The Lemon Ricotta Cookie below was changed only by the utilization of Meyer Lemons this time around. Have to say I LOVE them. I made one tiny change to the glaze by zesting two lemons instead of one in the glaze. Meyer Lemon zest is much less tart (to my taste) than the usual lemons used in the past. They are a cake-like cookie which I find very appealing. I think they turned out great.
The other treat is a Vanilla Bean Madeleine. Also, the perfect joining of cookie and cake! Sometimes I make excellent Madeleines with no effort...and other times, like today, each batch was a struggle. Nonetheless, they turned out okay and taste quite yummy.
If you are a local, and want to try any of these treats, come by the Pat McGrath Avery signing and discussion of her book "Emergence - The John Bax Story". It's bound to be a good activity; an informative discussion of John Bax's life as a self-taught filmmaker who loved birds and captured incredible and beautiful scenes of birds in the wild. He spent many years of his life in South Texas so I can't wait to learn more! It is today, April 12, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Paragraphs is located at 5505 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX. Hope to see you there!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!