Friday, January 23, 2009

SWEET NOTHINGS FORTUNE COOKIES (makes 24) Great for your loved ones for Valentines's Day.
1 1/4 tb. Unsalted butter
1 egg white
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tb. Unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. Chocolate extract
24 paper "Sweet Nothings" or Happy New year
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Place a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper on a baking pan - set aside.
3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter and set aside.
4. In a medium bowl and using an electric mixer combine egg white and sugar.Beat on medium speed until frothy, about 30 seconds.
5. Add flour, cocoa and salt, beat until combined. Add melted butter, creamvanilla extract and chocolate extract, beat until combined about 30 seconds.
6. Drop a heaping tsp. Of batter onto the prepared pan. Repeat with remainingbatter, spacing batter about 5 inches apart.
7. Using the back of the spoon, spread each dollop into a 4 inch circle.
8. Bake until the edges are darkened slightly, about 5 minutes.
9. Transfer pan to a heat-resistant surface.
10. Working quickly, slide an offset spatula under and cookie and flip it over.
11 .Roll the cookie into a loose tube, and insert a paper, or fortune in the middle so that one edge extends from the cookie.
12. Using your index finger make an indentation in the center of the tube, and thenpinch each end together to resemble a fortune cookie.
13. Repeat the rolling and folding process with the remaining cookies. Allow thecookies to cool. Store in a air-tight container for up to one week.

Silk Scarf Painting

On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.

Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!

On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.

Needle Felting A Penguin Program

On Thursday, December 3rd we met in the Local History Room where we learned how to needle felt a penguin.
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