A Spicy and Sweet Dessert

Author Dorie Greenspan invites us to her French table.
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/6 pound butter, room temperature, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • zest half of one orange
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch star anise
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • to taste:
  • honey
  • candied chestnuts
  • candied orange, lemon, apricot
  • toasted nuts
  • Cooking Directions

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, zest, cinnamon, clove and star anise. Whisk to break up any lumps. Add the butter to the dry ingredients and create a well. Set aside.

    In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla bean and the Grand Mariner. Pour the egg mixture into the well and slowly combine with the dry ingredients. Do not over-mix. Roll finished dough into a log shape, then tightly wrap in plastic and refridgerate overnight.

    Take a 1/8 piece of the dough and roll it into a 1/2 inch-thick log. Cut 1/4 inch pieces using a bench scraper. Store on a lightly floured cookie sheet. Continue this method with the rest of the dough.

    Fry at 350 degrees until golden brown.

    Once cool, toss with honey, chopped dried fruit and chestnuts. Garnish with preferred toasted nuts.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: eggs, flour, butter, baking powder, orange, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, grand marnier, vanilla bean

    Course: Dessert

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