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Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #19 - Molded Cookies

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Manu posted:
Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Absolutely gorgeous Manu!!! Just love this whole design . Thank you for such a detailed explanation about how you went about making this cookie! Even through such a detailed description I still found myself scratching my head trying to understand just how the copper molding works...obviously, this is totally unfamiliar to me but I'm enthralled by it. This project clearly took a lot of time, patience and ingenuity. While you were letting the dough rest, did you refrigerate it, freeze it or just leave it out at room temp? Just curious...most explanations of "dough resting" that I'm familiar with mean to leave it at room temp. Covered? Wrapped in a plastic wrap or towel? I'm totally fascinated by the process Manu!! Truly amazing creativity!! Love it

@Cookies Fantastique

The metal sheet is thin and it takes nothing to impress something, then while miming the act of coloring you make the drawing pop out. The modeling tools for fondant are just perfect, especially the ball tool. Then you keep turning the metal sheet to add details... Really, it is easier to do than to explain. And it takes the same time as drawing on paper. You can even erase mistakes with the ball tool.

Resting means leaving the dough out at room temperature without covering because the design has to set. Then everything depends on the humidity, like for the royal icing. This is the link I gave to Sil, it explains everything very well.

http://www.houseonthehill.net/...n-springerle-cookies

Thank you, Manu, for taking the time to answer my questions. Whenever I've let dough rest (e.g. I make my own pita bread and other bread products that need to rest) I cover them with a towel. So that's why the question popped up in my mind when you were explaining the process (I got the impression that you did indeed let the dough rest uncovered at room temp). Thanks for the link and the clarification of the molding process with fondant tools. I can better visualize how you accomplished the artwork. Truly beautiful and so creative

m5cake posted:

In Mexico the technique of molding metal sheets is call "repujado" and amazing pieces of art are created with it. Just like this amazing beautiful cookie.

 

Thank you, I am glad you liked it.  

Manu,  I can add nothing more to what has already been said about the beauty of this work. 

I've never seen anything like this. Your creativity is astounding.  Your ability to conceptualize and translate your ideas into something more than a humble cookie is extraordinary. 

 Pip

pip posted:

Manu,  I can add nothing more to what has already been said about the beauty of this work. 

I've never seen anything like this. Your creativity is astounding.  Your ability to conceptualize and translate your ideas into something more than a humble cookie is extraordinary. 

 Pip

Thank you, pip, for your kind words.

Manu, I'm blown away!!! The whole thing is amazing!! Thank you for the detailed instructions -- I totally want to do this with my kids!! Even your copper mold is gorgeous! Such an amazing job!! Way to go!! 

Manu!  This is absolutely BRILLIANT on so many levels!  You have done it AGAIN!  The final project is stunning, the copper mold is a work of art in its own right, and I adore the fact that you wee inspired by a previous Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge entry by @Chris (FlourSugarButter)

Bakerloo Station posted:

Manu!  This is absolutely BRILLIANT on so many levels!  You have done it AGAIN!  The final project is stunning, the copper mold is a work of art in its own right, and I adore the fact that you wee inspired by a previous Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge entry by @Chris (FlourSugarButter)

Thank you so much, Christine @Bakerloo Station. Ideas have always been a problem for me and I can't explain you how much your Challenges and @Julia M. Usher's Cookie Connection keep inspiring me!

Your Challenges are a great chance to brainstorm ideas, to be creative, to play with different materials and to apply art techniques on cookies. I see every challenge like an exchange. I could realize my idea thanks to @Chris (FlourSugarButter)'s entry, because Springerle dough was just perfect for these homemade molds.

It has been fun experimenting and creating my home made molds (like it had been fun creating home made stencils in a previous Challenge). That said, real molds (and real stencils) are a different story!!!

 

mulberry_t posted:

Manu, I'm blown away!!! The whole thing is amazing!! Thank you for the detailed instructions -- I totally want to do this with my kids!! Even your copper mold is gorgeous! Such an amazing job!! Way to go!! 

Thank you Kim, I am sure they will have fun as I did when I was a kid! Trace the basic design with a pencil and then just use the modeling tool for fondant on both sides. Any mistake can be erased with the ball tool.

Manu posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Manu, this is fun!!!   So the outome of Springerle Cookie dough is different from the cookie dough we use?   I usually do no t put baking powder which I am always afraid to change the shape.   The copper does not need to be in the oven?   Do we need to freeze dough before we put it into the oven?  

Oh, those might have been asked you already,  I go back and read all comments and Springerle Cookie page.  (Oh, I know I should have read them carefully first, you know, I just want to communicate with you, hahaha)

Yes Ryoko, this dough is really soft. Once the design has dried and you put the cookie in the oven it grows in the lower part and develops something called "feet"... it took me a while to understand this but I took a picture. 

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The mold doesn't need to be in the oven, because the dough has become crusty on the surface and the design is set. That's why it grows in the lower part. The molds are carved in wood or in rolling pins and they are beautiful and they are pressed onto the dough and the design has a sharpness like Chris' entry or have a look at @Teri Pringle Wood's "Beautiful Springerle". I remember there was a video here on Cookie Connection, showing that, but I couldn't find it anymore.

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@Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.

Two days later I found those videos I mentioned above by @Pryaniki&Cookies by Maria Leonova:

http://cookieconnection.juliau...-springerles-cookies

http://cookieconnection.juliau...ake-russian-pryaniki

Thank you, Manu.  Now I really know my dough is really stiff.   

Kat Rutledge-ibicci posted:

Oh How utterly Utterly Fabulous Manu!!! I love every little bit about this entry and am swooning right here after trying Springerle for the very first time myself.  I salute you!!

Thank you, Kat! I 've seen your Springerle and those molds are truly amazing!

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what a beautiful and brilliant entry Manu! incredibly creative with the copper sheeting embossing! and an excellent bit of photo staging and name promotion! this scores on so many levels!!!

virago posted:

what a beautiful and brilliant entry Manu! incredibly creative with the copper sheeting embossing! and an excellent bit of photo staging and name promotion! this scores on so many levels!!!

Thank you so much, Virago, these Challenges are so inspiring. At the moment I am trying to make a colored version of this idea... let's see...

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