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Barquettes (soft sponge biscuits with a jam centre)

A stapple of French kids 4 o’clock break (quatre heures), barquettes are yummy spongy biscuits shaped like little boats with some jam in the middle (a small boat in French is called a barque, hence the name of barquette). Most kids will lick the jam first and might then proceed with eating the sponge… or not. But one thing is sure, they LOVE it! So, now that I have a child of my own but can’t buy them in the shop, my only option is to make them myself and it’s actually very easy and much better than the industrial version…

Photo curtesy of www.coursesenfrance.com

Source: Flexipaninie

Ingredients

4 eggs
100g sugar
100g flour
Jam or any other filling you might fancy such as homemade Nutella

Method

  1. Preheat the oven at 180C.
  2. Separate the yolk from the whites and put the whites in the TM bowl. Place the butterfly whisk securely on the blades and whisk 3 min/speed 3.5, measuring cup OFF. When the whites have started to foam, add the sugar a little at a time.
  3. Program 20sec/speed 2 and pour the egg yolks through the hole in the lid while the blades are running.
  4. Programm 20sec/speed 2 and pour the flour through the hole.
  5. Remove the butterfly whisk and use the spatula to combine the bits of flour that have not been mixed in.
  6. Pour into silicone moulds of any shape you like (for easy unmoulding) or a small scone or muffin tray, well greased and floured will do the trick.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes (check for colouring) depending on the size. For my small heart shape, 8 minutes were enough.
  8. While still warm out of the oven, use a clean wine cork to press down the center to create a cavity so you can fill with jam later.
  9. Then, take them out of the mould and leave to cool on a grid.
  10. Fill them to your heart’s content and enjoy! They will keep well in a tightly closed box and are even better the next day…

 

Petits Beurre

These biscuits have been sold for a long time in France and are associated with the kids tea time or “Goûter”. I got the idea of making them from SorbetCitron, who had been looking for the perfect Petit Beurre recipe for a long time. She came across this kit with the cutter, stamp and recipe book to reproduce the biscuits from our childhood. She was very happy with the results so I bought the kit too and have been making these a couple of times already!

(Source: L’Atelier Petit Beurre, Ed Larousse)

For 50 biscuits

Ingredients

200g sugar
200g salted butter
125g water
2g salt (a pinch)
500g flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Place the sugar, butter, water and salt in the TM bowl and cook for 3 min/60C/speed 2
  2. Cool down the mixture by mixing 20 min/speed 2, Measuring cup OFF until the bowl is just luke warm to the touch
  3. Add the flour and baking powder and stir 30 sec/speed 3.
  4. If some flour is still not combined, stir it in with the spatula (being careful of the blades).
  5. The mixture should be quite thick but soft to the touch. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for 3 hours minimum to harden.
  6. Preheat the oven 180C.
  7. Flour your worktop and roll the biscuits to a very thin layer (2 to 3 mm)
  8. Using a cookie cutter of your choice, cut out shape and place them on a tray lined with baking parchment/silicone sheet
  9. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  10. Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.