"Les Petit Fours Glacés" is really very small, very sweet cakes, but I have chosen to place them among the sweets anyway. Below you’ll find the recipes for four different sorts and further down, recipes for the different kind of biscuits and creams used for petits fours. A petits four can be made from almost any candied fruit or sweet cream, often mixed with liqueur, cocoa or coffee. They usually have some sort of biscuits in the bottom and they may be covered in a glassing. So feel free to invent your own.
Biscuit Doughs For "Petits Fours"
Pound the almonds and sugar lumps in a mortar while adding cream and egg white in portions no larger than a teaspoon full. Keep up till you get a smooth but not sticky dough. Flatten to a 3 – 4 mm sheet with a rolling pin and bake in a hot oven for a short while. The biscuit sheet should still be soft when finished. Cut into shapes to fit the petits fours of your choice.
Beat the egg whites, add the flour sugar and salt, then sift in the flour and add the butter. Work the dough well and flatten it to a 3 – 4 mm thin sheet and cut into small squares. Bake in a medium hot oven until light yellow. roll the squares into "Cigarettes" while still soft. Leave to set.
Work it all into a smooth dough, flatten it to a 3 – 4 mm thick sheet and cut this into 5 mm wide strips. Bake them until light yellow in a medium hot oven. Roll the strips into flat spiral on a round toothpick while still soft. Remove the toothpick. Leave to set.
These are made from three different kinds of dough, Butter Dough, Half Butter Dough and a Soft Dough.
200 gram butter
Make a heap of the flour and pour the water, salt and vodka into the middle of it and work it into a loose dough. Roll it out into a thin sheet, spread out the butter on the sheet and fold it once. Roll it out again and fold once more. Leave to cool o for half an hour and repeat the process. Repeat six times for a really good result. Shape into desired shapes before baking in a medium hot oven.
Half Butter Dough
smoulder the butter into the flour and ad the milk, salt and sugar. Work into a smooth dough and bake in small different shaped cake tins.
Flan fill And Toppings