Friday, June 22, 2012
French Fridays with Dorie - David' s Seaweed Sablés
Today" s recipe for the French Fridays with Dorie group are "David's Seaweed Sablés", a recipe that was given to Dorie by David Lebovitz.
Originally, David Lebovitz called them "Seaweed Cookies" ("Petites Galettes au fleur de sel aux algues") using French seaweed fleur de sel ("bright green seaweed flecked salt"). I was intrigued by this kind of salt and tried to find some in a number of different stores that are known to carry somewhat unusual foods, but to no avail, no such seasalt to be found anywhere. I then went to shop for Japanese roasted seaweed and found two kinds, black or a beautiful algae-green. After a quick consultation with the friendly "Sushi-Ladies" who were busy preparing the fresh sushi for the Japanese sushi counter (and very happy to oblige), I bought the green nori.
The sablés were very easy to prepare with butter, powdered sugar, egg, flour, fleur de sel and, of course, finely chopped green nori ( no easy task to finely chop roasted seaweed though...). After the dough had chilled, it was easier to cut into rounds or squares. Ten minutes or so for baking and they were done.
They did receive mixed reviews I must say. Some of the chosen taste testers liked them and the others just not, well, it must be one of those things that you either love or not...I found them to be fun to make, somehow it is a nice feeling to try something new, a recipe with ingredients that you know but would never have thought of using in a certain way. But they are not going to be my favorite savoury nibble that I will serve my guests or family in the future. I think if I feel like serving savoury biscuits, I will stick to my tried and true cheese crackers with aged Gouda cheese. But nevertheless, the recipe is worth trying and it is certainly different and I am sure that a lot of people will really enjoy the way the Seaweed Sablés taste.
To see how the other adventurous Doristas prepared these savoury biscuits, please click here.