These yeast-ed cookies are from Val d’Aosta, north western part of Italy. This is the first time I was baking yeast-ed cookies and was much loved at home. They are somewhere between a bread and cookie. They are caramelized on the outside and crunchy.
Adapted from bakingobsession.com. Since I didn't want to make a huge batch I halved the recipe. So here is how I did it
You need -
- Warm water, about 110 F – 1/2 cup
- Active dry yeast – 1 1/4 teaspoon
- All-purpose flour – 1 1/2 cups
- Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
- Unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes – 35 grams
- sugar for rolling the cookies – 1/3 cup
How to -
In bowl combine the yeast and water. Mix well and set aside.
In mixing bowl, add the flour and salt and mix well. Add in the butter and with clean hands combine the butter and flour. Once done the flour should look like fine crumbs. To this add the yeast mixture and gently mix till everything comes together and form a ball. Please make sure not to over kneed. You could use a processor to do this for you.
Once the dough has raisin , press it down to deflate. cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or to a maximum of 24 hours.
To form the cookies, place the dough on the work surface. roll to a square shape about 6 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into equal squares. Take each square and roll into a pencil think and 5’inch long using your palm. Spread the sugar on a plate and roll the dough to coat well.
Form a loop of the rolled dough by crossing over the edges. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper with 1 1/2 inches space between each cookie. Let it sit for 20 minutes until they slightly puff up. Bake them in pre-heated 160 C over for 20-25 mins or until they are light and the sugar has caramelized to a light golden crust.
Cool the cookies on wire rack before you store them in air tight containers.