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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Recipe: Pierres

I must apologize for the lack of Daily Dinner postings lately. Yes, I have been away, but the primary reason for the lack of food on my FOOD blog is the insufferable heat.

My house has no air conditioning. It was 95 degrees yesterday, and will be nearly 100 degrees today. The heat was supposed to break tonight, but now they say we must wait until Thursday. The windows in my kitchen do not open. Even a foodmomiac can not cook in this weather.

But.... I do have recipes. Starting right now, I will post a favorite recipe a day. These will not have photos (my camera is still dead). But, they are still good. And, they give me a free pass out of the hellish room that is my kitchen.

This recipe is from my Grandma Ana. She got it from a friend in the neighborhood when she lived in Chicago in the late forties / early fifties. The word "Pierre" means stone in French, but according to Grandma Ana, "She just used that name to make these sound exotic." These cake-like cookies are a family favorite.

1-1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup melted butter
4 eggs
1-1/3 cups sugar
2 cups chocolate chips (I use the mini ones)
2 teaspoons vanilla
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Melt butter. Beat eggs with sugar. Add gradually to flour mixture. Add butter. Add chocolate chips and vanilla. Butter a 9x12 Pyrex dish. Pour in batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The chips will all sink to the bottom - you want this to happen.
Sprinkle on powdered sugar while still warm. After it cools, invert and empty from the dish, and sprinkle with more powdered sugar. Cut into squares.
These will last for at least a week or two if kept in an airtight cookie tin.


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