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The Mad Scientist Bakes Again

The Pony Laboratory And Test Kitchen is in full swing tonight! A couple of weeks ago, while singing at rhobike's house, we were snacking on Fig Newmans (Paul Newman's gluten-free version of Fig Newtons), and we got onto the topic of how Fig Newtons came to be. Apparently, they are the last survivor of a whole family of cookies that were filled with fruit and named after various Boston suburbs -- Date Arlingtons, anyone? We kicked around a few of these names -- Guava Cambridges, Grape Somervilles, that sort of thing -- and somehow, the name "Cherry Naticks" lit up my brain and lcohen's brain. Clearly, Cherry Naticks had to be created.

On the way home, lcohen and I discussed the parameters of a hypothetical Cherry Natick. It had to be filled with cherry preserve, of course. It also really should be gluten-free, since some of the singers would really appreciate that. I also thought it would be nice for it to be dairy- and soy-free, so I could feed any hypothetical leftovers* to a friend of mine with those additional allergies, who always appreciates cookies designed for her.

And so I let my mad scientist side out to play! I found a recipe for hamantaschen that uses an almond-flour pastry dough, so I'm making a slight variation on that recipe. I wanted to try making it with goat butter (for the friend who can't eat cow dairy), but I couldn't find any, so I got this lactose- and soy-free vegan butterish spread that looks like it ought to do most of what dairy butter does. The dough was softer than I'd anticipated -- using the spread instead of goat or cow butter might have something to do with that -- so I decided to shape the Naticks as little pastry cups filled with cherry preserves that may or may not end up having powdered sugar sprinkled on them. They're in the oven now, and I guess I'll know in five minutes how the Great Cherry Natick Experiment will turn out . . .

*Actually, given the way singings can work, this may mean something more on the order of "holding a few back."


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Nov. 21st, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
we had sung "natick" shortly before the break and i know it's a boston suburb, and i love cherry-filled pastries--that's how it popped into my head. i may not be there to sample the first batch, but if i miss them, i long for reports!
Nov. 21st, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
Ah, you were the source of the name! I had forgotten exactly how it happened.
Nov. 23rd, 2013 07:26 am (UTC)
I have to admit, I LOL'd at your cooking failures. Sound like you had fun with it in any case. Did you ever get a batch to turn out okay?
Nov. 23rd, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
I did! The second batch was both edible and presentable, and people liked it, although there are a few more adjustments that I want to make to it.

Must remember to write a full post about that . . .
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