It is just 26 days to D-day. January 1 2010 is Duck Day and I’m counting days to my arrival on Podchef Island to help the @podchef himself, farmer, chef and food guru Neal Foley, kill, cook, cure and eat a few dozen meaty Rouen ducks. Someone declared December as ‘all-duck, all the time’ month. So as December’s kitchen becomes more and more infused with the scent of duck, I took a break from savory to sweet with these melt in your mouth shortbread cookies.
In the spirit of Ashley Rodriquez’ great post on bacon fat shortbread cookies here, ‘nothing goes to waste’ in the Kitchen at Camont. So with a bit of tweaking from Ashleys’ recipe and an inspirational nod to my sweet guru David Lebovitz easy jam tart use of cornmeal (after all ducks take to corn like… ) I baked up a first batch of these crumbling rich, nutty-flavored shortbreads. Duckys.
Here’s the recipe for a few dozen Duckys
70 gr duck fat
70 gr butter
50 gr white sugar
50 gr brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon white armagnac- (or rum)
200 gr white flour
80 gr fine cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
I melted the duck fat and butter together with the sugar until it formed a broken caramel.
Then measured all dry ingredients into a large bowl, poured in fat/sugar mix, broke in the eggs with the armagnac then stirred like mad.
Next, I divdied the dough in half, formed two rolls, wrapped them in parchment and stuck them in the frigo until I was ready to bake.
Cut the rolls into thick slices. Place on cookie sheet. Bake in a hot oven (400’F) for 15 minutes or until slighty toasted. Quack! Quick, make coffee or tea!