Well Happy Valentine’s Day friends. That ever so special day of chocolate, hearts and overpriced flowers. I’m doing a few chocolate posts for the month and this is no exception though today, I’ve holiday’d it up for you. I’ve made cookies and if you’re going to make cookies for Valentine’s Day, they have to be heart shaped. It’s a rule.
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Posted in chocolate, cookies, holidays, tagged chocolate linzer cookies, linzer cookies, raspberry ganache, raspberry ganache cookie filling, raspberry ganache linzer cookies, Valentine's Day chocolate desserts, valentine's day cookies, Valentine's Day desserts on February 14, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Linzertorte was one of those things that made me immensely happy in culinary school. I was tickled to finally be making all those old-school European pastries I’d pined for as a kid pouring over my mother’s cookbooks: Dobos Torte, Marjolaine, Opera Torte, Sacher Torte and yes, the linzer. Making my own, following the exacting instructions of a classically inclined chef, made me feel good about my seemingly off-the-cuff career change, from marketing to pastry. It also cemented a particular mindset I’d started to develop regarding classic pastries. Riffs and adaptations are welcome but one must know the classic, the original, first. You have to know history before you can rewrite it. With many things of this nature, I am a traditionalist and when it comes to linzer, I have a very defined set of parameters.
These days, I’m not too sure what to think about Valentine’s Day. When I was in grade school it was quite the big deal. We’d spend ridiculous amounts of time decorating empty Kleenex boxes with construction paper and doily doo-dads. I’d spend hours analyzing the meaning of each Scooby-doo Valentine before deciding who got what. Wouldn’t want to send the wrong message to that 3rd grade boy, now would you? (FYI, Scooby can convey some deep stuff whether you intend it or not.) Then I would spend just as much time pouring over each Valentine I received. If Billy sent me a Smurfette valentine, did that mean he liked me? Ugh, it was all so exhausting for a grade schooler.