Monday, March 1, 2010

A la Momofuku

I love David Chang. There is no other way to start this entry. He is a culinary genius and his cooking philosophy results in neurotic dishes that are bursting with big flavors and creativity. His Momofuku empire is taking off and he's become one of the most noted chefs in the country with his 3 restaurants: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssam bar, and Ko. Of course there's also the Milk Bar which is an amazing bakery. I've made a post about the Milk Bar previously, but now I'm updating on one of the most delicious cookies I've ever tried..that I made! Christina Tosi, the pastry chef for the bakery, came on the Martha Stewart show to make the blueberry & creme cookies and of course I had to make them for myself since this is my favorite thing to get from the Milk Bar.

The recipe was slightly more labor intensive than your average cookie, but so worth it. The only inconvenience was collecting the ingredients. It calls for 2 things that I've never worked with before: glucose and milk powder. Specialty bake stores will probably carry glucose, but I got mine from Amazon.com..they have everything!

Making the "creme" part of the cookies, milk crumbs.

Let them bake in the oven to dry out

Adding the melted white chocolate to the crumbs

You also need to use a European butter, they specified for Plugra, which has a higher butterfat content making it richer than American butter.

Adding the glucose, this stuff is so messy!


Used a standard ice-cream scoop to make larger cookies.


This great blog, Momofuku for 2, features other recipes. She did a post on her blueberry & creme cookies as well.

My dad surprised me by sending me a copy of Chang's cookbook when it came out. I haven't been ambitious enough to make anything (he's partial to a lot of weird and obscure ingredients..meat glue?!) but I love how it's written and the food looks great! I finally snagged a reservation at Ko for this weekend so hopefully I'll remember to bring my camera and take some photos there :)




18 comments:

  1. omg those cookies came out soo good!! i saw that segment on martha stewart and i really wanted to make these but of course i was too lazy to go out and buy milk powder! btw- where did you get your silpat? i want to get one but can't find one anywhere~ lovely photos as always <3

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  2. i love david chang (what a genius), your cookies look delicious!

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  3. My husband and I are similarly obsessed with Momofuku. We also have the cookbook, and made the pork butt for 8, even though it meant hunting down some obscure ingredients! Anybody who says they don't have the best noodles in town has no taste whatsoever. And I stop by Milk bar at least once a week. I'm dying to get the recipe for the Compost cookies. Ugh.
    xx
    Tiffany

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  4. I don't remember where I bought my silpat sheets, it's been a few years. You can just google for them!

    Or if you live by any specialty baking stores you should call and ask if they stock silpat.

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  5. those look amazing, you have so much more patience than i do: as soon as i read obscure ingredients in a recipe i flip the page and look for another, so lazy!

    http://fanfareforlibrarians.wordpress.com/

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  6. Momofuku pork buns!! So good :D the cookies so yummy too. I'll be saving the recipe.

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  7. oh my gosh, im in love with this post!

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  8. Those cookies looks so scrumptious! I think I need to get myself a silpat too. They sell them in stores at Sur La Table. Please keep sharing with us your beautiful clothes and food!!!

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  9. yummm. with three m's.

    any luck with the shoes?!

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  10. argh! my tummy's seriously lurking for food now. i wanna grab those cookies right of the screen like NOW!

    ANDWHATELSEISTHERE

    SHOP

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  11. Hi, I hope this doesn't sound too weird, but I use to follow your xanga and I remembered you said you use to work with Terry Richardson. How did you get such an amazing job? I know you're a great photographer, but I want to intern with him this summer even if it means just doing all the tedious tasks. Any tips on how to get my foot in the door?

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  12. It didn't turn out to be the experience that I wanted it to be because he and his staff (which was small at the time) were constantly going in and out of Europe. But I was lucky because I managed to get a quick response just by emailing the studio. I'm not sure if that'll fly now since it's been 3 years and his popularity has majorly increased but it doesn't hurt to try.

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  13. oh those cookies look amazing! i visit momofuku for cookies at least once each week, and have never thought about making my own. now i want to try this! i'm so glad you posted about it. ~joelle

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  14. momofuku is too, too good. trying to get someone to go with me to momofuku ko for the lunch tasting menu sometime. it's harder than it should be!!

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  15. I know, I've been a Terry Richardson fan since the first kiddie-porn looking photo I saw haha and now I just see him absolutely everywhere. Thanks for responding, I've always wondered how crazy/dangerous/weird it would be to work for him.

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  16. He's a super cool dude! And extremely nice.

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  17. The mounds of raw cookie dough on the silpat are making me want to leave work for an "emergency errand" and get a few cookies at the milk bar!

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