Cookie sandwich love child – DE MÂNĂ. Transylvanian food stories

Cookie sandwich love child

Black cherry jamBaking chocolate oreo cookies

Wow, so we launched De Mână just over a month ago now and we really are grateful for all the love and support we’ve received from everyone so far towards our new project. For those of you who aren’t so familiar with us, we have a super collection of some of the finest food & drink products from Transylvania. We work with only small producers who make all these treasures by hand in small batches but most importantly with the greatest love, which is what we want to share with you guys.

It’s been a strange month to launch a new business… But we are finding our feet and getting slightly more accustomed to a different way of life for the time being. We’re all about food and making good food accessible to all. We know it may be a different time for many out there who are working from home, isolating or home schooling and suddenly finding themselves taking care of all the family meals along with many shortages in the shops. We want to share with you some simple recipes that are easy to make at home and utilise some of our favourite De Mână products.

First up is our Jammy Dodger/ Oreo cross some kind of cookie sandwich love child… we have no better name for it than that :) These dark brown, cocoa rich sandwich cookies are filled with a sweet, glistening black cherry jam taking that classic chocolate cherry flavour combination to another level.

Just a little bit about the cherry jam... in the heart of Transylvania on the edge of Idicel forest, this jam is made in a cauldron like pan over a wood fire - this is the traditional way to make jam in Romania. The jam here, known as 'dulceața', is slightly less set than a typical English jam. The  jam philosophy is more about preserving the fruits as a whole (or smaller pieces of larger fruits) and surrounding them with a glossy, sweet, fruit sauce. You may liken it to somewhere between an English jam or a compote. Razvan who produces this range says the secret to the jam is 'fire management'. His jams are made from honest, traditional recipes, they beautifully encompass the wild fruits of a Transylvanian forest and varieties include black cherry, sour cherry, yellow cherry, bitter cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant and plum.

Biscuit recipe is adapted from Ottolenghi’s chocolate ‘O’ cookie recipe featured in SWEET. 

Chocolate and black cherry jam sandwich cookies  

MAKES 22 SANDWICH COOKIES

INGREDIENTS

190g butter/ margarine

130g caster sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

220g plain flour

75g Dutch-processed cocoa

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 jar black cherry jam

METHOD 

  1. Place butter, sugar & salt in bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment in place. Beat on a medium-high speed for around 3 minutes until light & fluffy.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder & bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low, then add dry ingredients in two batches until a dough forms.
  3. Tip onto a clean work surface & knead gently until smooth & uniform.
  4. Wrap the dough loosely in cling fill, press to form a disc, & refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm up.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160C Fan/ Gas Mark 4. Line two baking trays with baking paper & set aside.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge about 5 minutes before rolling, so that it has some flexibility.
  7. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough so that it is around 3mm thick - you can divide it in half before rolling if that’s easier. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut out 44 circles  - cut a smaller circle from the centre of half of the cookies & place them on the lined trays.
  8. Bake for 13-15 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through, until firm, then remove from the oven & set aside to cool on the trays.
  9. Once cool, sandwich the cookies with black cherry jam.
     

Shop our black cherry jam HERE

NB. You could use any of our cherry jams for the filling. Our fave is black cherry, but the end result would be just as beautiful with sour cherry, wild bitter cherry or sour cherry & walnut.


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