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Momofuku Milk Bar Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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Featured Recipe: Corn Cookies
Yield 13 to 15 cookies
- 16 tablespoons or 2 sticks (225 g) butter, at room temperature
- 1-1/2 cups (300 g) sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1⁄3 cups (225 g) flour
- 1/4 cup (45 g) corn flour
- 2/3 cup (65 g) freeze-dried corn powder
- 3/4 teaspoon (3 g) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons (6 g) kosher salt
- Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg, and beat for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, corn flour, corn powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until the dough comes together, no longer than 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Using a 2 3/4-ounce ice cream scoop (or a 1⁄3-cup measure), portion out the dough onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Pat the tops of the cookie dough domes flat. Wrap the sheet pan tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 1 week. Do not bake your cookies from room temperature--they will not bake properly.
- Heat the oven to 350°F.
- Arrange the chilled dough a minimum of 4 inches apart on parchment- or Silpat-lined sheet pans. Bake for 18 minutes. The cookies will puff, crackle, and spread. After 18 minutes, they should be faintly browned on the edges yet still bright yellow in the center; give them an extra minute if not.
- Cool the cookies completely on the sheet pans before transferring to a plate or to an airtight container for storage. At room temp, the cookies will keep fresh for 5 days; in the freezer, they will keep for 1 month.
"This cookbook highlights all of the desserts that make Momofuku Milk Bar a successful New York City foodie destination…It covers baking wunderkind Christina Tosi's meteoric rise, with her trademark recipes for low-brow, high-brow sweet treats.”
“Chocolate-chocolate cookies, compost cookies, blueberries and cream cookies, banana cream pie, brownie pie, hot fudge sauce, chocolate cake. I can't stop baking from Momofuku Milk Bar…A crowd pleaser, obviously.”
—Los Angeles Times
"Whimsical desserts-from Compost Cookie to Crack Pie - by Manhattan pastry pro Christina Tosi create a 256-page Wonka World."
“It took just one recipe to fall in love with this book”
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I love how there are lots of textures in all of Christina’s recipes & great depth of flavor, not just sweet. I love how unusual and unique the recipes are – no boring snickerdoodles or devil’s food cake. I made the birthday cake & cereal milk ice cream for Father’s Day & what a hit! The cake seemed a little intimidating with 4 different components (the cake, the cake soak, the frosting, the cake crumb) but making it was very simple and not time-consuming as I envisioned. The cake is inspired by the funfetti cake mix but funfetti has nothing on this cake! This is my favorite cake I’ve ever had. No words describe how amazing it is & how impressive you’ll look showing up with a cake like this. It wasn’t even difficult to assemble. The cereal milk ice cream was very unusual but very delicious.
Although the finished recipes have a lot of components, every recipe is explained so clearly that they’re practically fool-proof. To those negatively reviewing because your cookies didn’t come out: I seriously doubt you followed instructions. I’ve made 2 different batches of cookies (blueberry and cream cookies & confetti cookies) & both turned out AMAZING. Did you follow her instructions & use King Arthur bread flour? Mix the fats for 10 minutes until it wasn’t streaky? Refrigerate for at least an hour and go straight into the oven? I had zero issues following the clearly-explained methods. Every recipe I’ve made so far has turned out amazingly well & I look forward to working through the entire book.
I’ve since made every single cake (some multiple times) and every ice cream recipe in this book. Any gathering or excuse I can find to make one of these cakes, I make one. Every single person rants and raves about how it’s the best cake they’ve ever had. I have a lot of books on ice cream, but Christina’s recipes are my absolute favorite. She uses gelatin instead of eggs, so you get a pure flavor of whatever the ice cream is (the graham ice cream is the best!).
Again, to anyone thinking the recipes are too complicated or time-consuming: they’re not! If she says cream the ingredients for 3 minutes, then set a timer for THREE minutes! I’m no professional baker but I can follow instructions, and every single recipe I’ve made (over half the recipes in this book!) have turned out PHENOMENAL. Just follow Christina’s very simple instructions & you’re set! You don’t have to make everything in the same day. Sure, the cakes have 4-5 components to them, but that’s what makes them the greatest cakes you’ll ever taste. The two frostings most of the cakes have means more complex flavor & then the crumb adds a nice textural component.
You can not only make some of the components in advance, but you can make the entire cake up to 2 weeks in advance! That’s what I love! You have to freeze the cake for a minimum of 5 hours to be able to remove the acetate, and you can keep it in the freezer up to 2 weeks! Normally, I would never freeze a fully assembled cake, but these turn out perfectly fresh – you can’t even tell it’s been frozen.
I’m also obsessed with the assembly of these cakes! You bake it in a sheet pan & cut the 3 layers out with a cake ring. You use acetate to create the perfect layers – so easy with Christina’s clear instructions but SO striking!!
This is 10000% my favorite cookbook EVER. I will definitely shed a tear when I’ve baked everything & I’m craving new recipes.
It is very important, however, that you read through the section where Tosi describes the ingredients and the techniques. I am guessing that most people who have had problems with the recipes did not do this. I made several batches of cookies before I realized what she calls "flour" is actually BREAD flour. The cookies with regular flour still turned out great, but they were very thin and crunchy. This did not stop a single person from going to town on them though.
Then I started using bread flour and everything came together. The cookies do not spread like crazy, they are crisped on the outside but chewy and soft in the middle.
So read about the ingredients so you can get the best results!!
I really do love this cookbook. The recipes are great but I also just love reading the stories and commentary. Some of the recipes call for some unique ingredients and have *a lot* of steps, but it's all pretty easy if you can plan everything out. For example, I start making the crack pie 2 days before I want it. I will make the oat cookie for the crust on day 1, finish making the pie and put it into the freezer on day 2, and then serve it on day 3. And it is SOOO worth it.
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