Thursday, June 23, 2011

buttermilk love

i feel like it is racing me. finishing an entire carton is a small victory.
today i want victory. buttermilk cookies.

they're easy. they're light . they're cute. they're pretty popular.

edna lewis is cool. i can get down with her southern style.
i'd like to sit in a rocking chair on a porch with her somewhere and eat these cookies.

the original recipe includes a buttermilk glaze. i made a milky blueberry glaze. a sweet little punch to the delicate cookie. imperfect but dainty.
and pretty addicting. and as she says, easy to wash down with lemonade. it's sunday afternoon right? i think i'll spike mine. cheers, edna

Buttermilk Cookies with Lemon Zest
adapted from Gourmet, 2008 and Edna Lewis

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350. Butter some baking sheets or line with parchment. Whisk together flour, baking soda, zest, and salt. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer. Add eggs 1 at a time, then beat in vanilla. Alternate flour mix and buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour. Drop tablespoons of dough onto sheets and bake 1 sheet at a time for 12-15ish minutes. put on a drying rack to cool.
spoon the glaze on the cooled cookies. anxiously wait for the glaze to firm up a bit.

for the blueberry glaze, pulverize the blueberries in a bowl with a fork.
 then add a bunch of powdered sugar, splash of buttermilk, splash of cream, and touch of vanilla. 
then stir and stir to get the clumps out.
 purple yumness.

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