This week's Tuesdays with Dorie offering is the Linzer Sable, a wonderfully delicious cookie made with ground hazelnuts and filled with raspberry jam. I'm sure it's incredibly delicious.
I'm making an educated guess there, because my version turned out to be quite different from Dorie's ~ not because I didn't like her recipe, but because I was missing a few key ingredients (hazelnuts, jam) and decided to improvise.
I ground some walnuts with a couple of tablespoons flour (to keep it from turning into walnut butter) in my food processor and used that, and instead of filling my cookie sandwich with jam, I opted to go the ganache route.
Even there I made a minor variation: instead of the dark chocolate recommended by Dorie, I used semisweet, and I added several drops (to taste) of orange oil (not extract, but flavoring oil, by Oetker). The result was, I have to say, pretty amazing. That is, I was amazed that they came out so good for a cookie that had so many "make-do" substitutions!
To cut them out, I used my tiny little Christmas cutters, which are only about 1 1/2 inches long. This made the perfect size cookie sandwich for munching.
Thank you to Noskos of Living the Life for choosing this recipe . . . I am so delighted to have tried this ~ it's one for the regular rotation! If you want to make this yourself, you can find the recipe here or on pages 134-135 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. Don't forget to check out the TWD blogroll to see what everyone else made of these!