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Paul’s Fortune Cookies

Makes 12 

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp water

65g plain flour

1 ½ tsp cornflour

pinch of salt

100g caster sugar

 

For almond fortune cookies

1 tsp almond extract

150g white chocolate

50g blanched hazelnuts

 

For the orange fortune cookies

1 tsp orange extract

orange food colouring

 

Step 1 – Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat. Write fortunes on pieces of paper measuring approx. 6cm x 1cm.

Step 2 – Whisk the egg whites, vegetable oil and water together until frothy but not aerated.

Step 3 – Sieve the flour, cornflour and salt together in a bowl, then stir in the sugar.

Step 4 – Add the egg white mixture to the bowl and beat to a smooth batter. Try not to incorporate any air during the beating as you don’t want bubbles in the batter.

Step 5 – Divide the batter equally into two bowls.

Step 6 – For the almond fortune cookies, add the almond essence to one of the bowls, mix together then set aside.

Step 7 – For the orange fortune cookies, spoon 2-3 tbsp of batter from the second bowl into a disposable piping bag and set aside. Add the orange extract to the remaining batter with some orange food colouring . Mix well together until the batter is bright orange.

Step 8 – For the almond fortune cookies, place 2 tbsp of the almond batter on the silicone mat, spaced well apart. Using the back of a metal spoon, swirl the mixture to form two circles measuring 9-10cm. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the outer edge is light golden brown.

Step 9 – Remove from the oven and working very quickly, lift one cookie off the tray, place a fortune in the centre and while the cookie is still soft, fold it in half and pinch the semi-circular edges together to seal. Place the middle of the folded edge of the cookie over the rim of a glass and gently pull the corners down on the inside and outside of the glass, to form the classic fortune cookie shape. Place in a 12-hole muffin tin (as this helps to hold the shape) to cool and quickly shape the second fortune cookie.

Step 10 – Repeat twice more with the remaining almond batter making a total of 6 almond fortune cookies.

Step 11 – For the orange fortune cookies, place 2 tbsp of the orange batter on the silicone mat, spaced well apart. Using the back of a metal spoon, swirl the mixture to form two circles measuring 9-10cm. Snip the end off the piping bag and pipe 6 dots around the edge of the circle, 1cm in from the edge.

Step 12 – Place a cocktail stick in the middle of one of the white dots and drag the cocktail stick to the next dot, and then the next dot (like dot to dot), until you have been through all the dots to form a white pattern around the edge of the orange batter.

Step 13 – Bake and shape as above, making 6 in total.

Step 14 – To decorate the almond cookies, melt the white chocolate. Dip the end of the cookies in the chocolate, then sprinkle with the toasted, chopped hazelnuts.