New Year Fortune Cookies

Happy impending New Year, friends!

Thanks to everyone for the shared sugar highs, cookie orders, food styling words of wisdom, and everything else that 2017 swept along with it!  I hope that my sometimes timely blog posts inspired you to get down and BAKE.  Whether you were a fan of Westworld and made some edible fan art, some DIY Pocky cookies that looked like sakura branches, or caramel apples fit for an evil queen, I hope that you created something that made you smile.

I’ve been hashing out some new goals for this year.  Here are some sweet and silly fortunes that I made for my gang.  Actually, they’re more like directives… because we all need a little boost to dye our hair millennial pink!  The almond tuile cookies are thin, chewy perfection, and a little bit of matcha chocolate goes a long way to add some sophisticated flavor.

I styled the cookies to look like the sails on festive little boats.  What fortunes would you write?

Living another year with fibromyalgia, I never know if I’ll have much energy on a given day or not.  While it’s a bummer, it’s helped me to not take any day for granted, and squeeze out as much productivity as possible when I can.

I was listening to a podcast interview of Terry Crews recently, and he shares his mindset of being optimistic about life’s seemingly impossible challenges instead of opting out.  The interview really uplifted me and was the perfect momentum to carry this pastry slingin’ and food stylin’ gal into the new year!

I hope that you’re motivated to make some silly fortunes for a kickass 2018!  Scroll down for the recipe.

Matcha Chocolate Fortune Cookies

Makes about 15 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cups superfine sugar (castor sugar)
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • ziplock bag

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisk sugar and egg whites together until just combined.
  3. Add melted butter, vanilla, water, and heavy cream and whisk.
  4. Add pinch of salt and slowly incorporate the flour.
  5. Add batter to a greased baking sheet in one tablespoon increments.  Use the back of a spoon to spread batter into a circle shape.  Allow space between each cookie; they will spread a lot!
  6. Bake for 6 minutes.
  7. Shape the cookies into a fortune cookie shape by folding in half once, and then in half again.  The batter becomes inflexible quickly, so you will have to work fast.  I baked about 5 cookies at a time.
  8. After shaping cookies, let them rest in a small cup so that they hold their shape.  Allow to dry.
  9. In a small sauce pan, melt the white chocolate chips over medium heat.  Add matcha powder.
  10. Mix well, and then transfer the matcha chocolate to a ziplock bag.  Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag’s bottom.
  11. Drizzle matcha chocolate over the dried fortune cookies.

Enjoy!  Tag your Hadley Go Lucky-inspired creations on Instagram with @hadleygolucky for the chance to be featured!

 

Thank You, and Stay Sweet!

As I take the initial plunge into starting my own custom pastry business, I am reminded over and over again why I got so excited about the business of pastry in the first place.  Every part of the pastry process makes me happy; the preliminary Prismacolor sketches that I make while hashing out a design, the meditative trance that takes over during the mixing, baking, and decorating, the careful photo shoots, and the crucial delivery of the finished product, a beautiful product that I was able to bring to life with a few kitchen ingredients.  I am charmed by the idea that I am bringing happiness to others and elevating their celebration to another level of perfection.  In pastry school I was taught to be precise and graceful, and I embody that in every treat that comes out of my oven.  It is so special to be present at someone’s special event, and I’m honored that you’ve chosen me.

As 2017 approaches, I am more motivated than ever to reach the pastry goals that I have set for myself.  I hope that you’ve been captivated by my posts…  I intend to give readers a glimpse of what life is like baking in both the professional and home kitchen.  In addition to documenting my cake orders, I’m excited to take my readers along on more pastry crawls through New York and Chicago, and to get them excited about the production and presentation of beautiful pastries.  Happy New Year!

Two of my cake orders are featured in this post.  One cake is comprised of three layers of matcha cake, two layers of white chocolate ganache, vivid matcha buttercream, matcha shortbread garnish, and raspberries.  The other is three layers of rich chocolate cake, two layers of semisweet chocolate ganache, orange buttercream, blood orange slices, and semisweet chocolate curls.