When I first saw this week's choice for Tuesdays with Dorie, I was somewhat dismayed.
Who is going to eat these in this household?
Maybe I'll pass.
But then, I stopped and had a very stern talking to myself.
Why are you participating in this baking group? Isn't one of the main reasons to push your boundaries, bake outside of the box, extend your comfort zone? Maybe bake something you wouldn't ordinarily choose and find that you like it?
So, that is what I did.
I finely shredded the carrots, using an attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. It makes quick, quick work when shredding or grating substantial amounts of vegetables.
Then I substituted currants for raisins. To me, currants are like dainty raisins. They're subtly present, but they don't smack you in the face.
The pecans were chopped and toasted, and just a smidgen of coconut was tossed in.
I couldn't decide which size of scoop to use, so I opted for the smaller one, and ended up with 5 dozen cookies, plus a few extras, which were immediately consumed for testing purposes. I also kept a watch on the baking times since these were smaller cookies, and removed them when they matched Dorie's description for doneness.
While I'm not a fan of carrot cake, I did find that I really liked these cookies. They were cake-like in texture, which I love, and the toasted pecans added a most delicious flavor. The carrots, coconut, and currants (the 3 Cs) contributed a moistness and some texture. I do like a bit of chew to my cookies; thin, flat ones leave me unsatisfied.
Thanks goes to Natalia of gatti fili e farina for pushing me out of my cookie comfort zone. These were a hit and will definitely be made again. Next time, though, I will add more ginger since it was barely noticeable. You can find the recipe on Natalia's blog.
Be sure and stop by the TWD blog and read about the other bakers' opinions.
P.S. The coconut*currant/raisin*cooked carrot-hating daughter actually said the cookies were tasty, although I doubt she will eat any more than the two she consumed. Good sport. Welcome home from Alaska.