Délices du jour – Celebrating the sweetness of books at ASD MS/HS Library

Charity event ! – sort of. I baked three goodies to support our school library, enticing new and old faculty alike to attend a gracious afternoon presentation on the manifold services offered by our librarians. The house of Chezbonneau loves libraries. For friends who have visited our home, it’s a little like walking into a library itself.

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT ABOVE

  1. Trésors des Sept Nains (Treasures of the Seven Dwarfs) – Squares of light and dark brown sugar studded with dark French walnuts

  2. Roues de charrette (Wagon wheels) – Oatmeal cookies with raisins, coconut, toasted almonds

  3. Petits bananiers  (Little Banana Trees) – Small cakes of banana, coconut, and pecans
* All recipes are slight detours from those found in The Complete Magnolia Cookbook. Banana Bread with Coconut and Pecans, Walnut Brown Sugar Squares, Oatmeal Raisin Almond Cookies

M. le patissier de Chezbonneau has made all three of the above-mentioned recipes before. Each recipe was modified a bit in some small way. Each recipe called for light brown sugar. I substituted at least 1/4 cup of light brown sugar with dark brown sugar just to give the recipes a little more rustic depth. I did the same with the flour, using 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour in the mixture for the cookies and banana bread. I also altered the way the deserts were cooked for the  “Trésors des Sept Nains”. The squares should be baked in a single pan then cut afterwards. I cooked them in pan of 12 single squares. I reduced the bake time by almost 1/2 since the small squares cook through to the middle much faster. They turned out AWESOME ! – crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

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