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Orange cookies

Delicious, easy, citrusy and so pretty orange slice tea cookies! The cookie itself is like a sugar and butter cookie, with the added texture and flavor of ground almonds. The oranges are cut into thin slices and cooked together with the cookies, sweetened with a pinch of sugar. The orange slices give it a very slight bitter note, as in orange marmalade.

I have few more things to tell you about today’s recipe, they are very simple but very rich cookies. It is a perfect recipe to use oranges in case you have many, since we are in full season. It is the typical recipe that you can bake on a Sunday afternoon to accompany that cup of tea that you offer to the guests. And you will look great investing very little effort.

And since I can’t tell you much about the recipe, I want to talk a little about photography, which is the second main topic of this blog. You may have already noticed that some of the photographs that I share today are somewhat different. Well, they are not photographs of me, specifically there are 2 that my husband has taken. And it seems that he has bitten the photography bug! In particular of macro photography.

Macrophotography is therefore a branch of photography in which the photographed subject is “big” in the photo, as big as in real life or bigger. For example, if the size of an ant in the photo is equal to or larger than its size in real life, that is a Macro photo. Although the objects can also be magnified and the details can be appreciated almost at a microscopic level depending on the optics used.

As good macro lenses are quite expensive, for the moment and to get started, sometimes I use my 50mm and sometimes the one in the kit. And as a cheap solution to increase the focal length use macro extender tubes. Macro extension tubes or rings are hollow cylinders that come in different sizes, and can be combined to achieve greater or lesser separation and thus achieve the required magnification.

It is true that the best image quality is not obtained with this solution, but it has managed to take some very attractive photos. Do not tell me that the detail of the interior of the orange or the bite of the cookie that I leave you below are not super interesting photographs. What I find most beautiful about them is that they offer us a vision of objects that is very different from what we are used to! If you are interested in getting started in this type of photography and you do not want to invest a lot of money in equipment, you can try the extension tubes. They are affordable and can be used with any lens, plus many still allow electronic control of the lens.

Sweet dreams,

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Orange cookies

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By Raquel Ramos Serves: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 15 min. Total Time: 30 min.

Delicious, easy, citrusy and so pretty orange slice tea cookies! The cookie itself is like a sugar and butter cookie, with the added texture and flavor of ground almonds. The oranges are cut into thin slices and cooked together with the cookies, sweetened with a pinch of sugar. The orange slices give it a very slight bitter note, as in orange marmalade.

Ingredients

  • 120g soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 220 g of ground almonds
  • 100 g white sugar
  • 230 g flour
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 egg yolk (to brush)
  • 4 oranges cut into thin slices
  • White sugar for dusting

Instructions

1

Wash the oranges well in hot water and dry them with a towel. Cut them into very thin slices (as thin as you can cut them and place them on kitchen paper to remove excess juice. Before placing on the cookies, turn them on the paper to dry the other side a bit.

2

In the bowl of the stand mixer, beat the softened butter with the egg until light and fluffy.

3

Add the ground almonds, sugar, flour and zest / orange juice and mix until the dough comes together.

4

Shape the dough into a ball and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

5

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

6

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is 1 cm thick. With a cookie cutter, cut round cookies slightly larger than the orange slices.

7

Using the bottom of a glass, press the centre of the cookie gently to create the cavity where the orange slice will go.

8

Brush the top of each cookie with the beaten egg yolk.

9

Put an orange slice in the slit you made in the top of each cookie.

10

Sprinkle with more sugar and bake for 12 - 14 minutes or until brown on top.

Notes

These cookies are best the day they are baked. They are still delicious as they stay longer, but the moisture from the orange will start to move onto the cookie and soften it a bit. You can avoid this a bit by not storing these cookies in an airtight container, but instead covering them loosely, to allow some of the moisture to escape.

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