A bit of baking for a change.
The Old-Fashioned is one of my favourite cocktails. Its simplicity makes is very easy to transfer the concept to baking. It only containes bourbon, sugar and cocktail bitters.
Ingredients (for four 12 cm tartlet moulds):
- 250 g flour
- 125 g butter at room temperature
- 100 g sugar
- 1 egg
- 100 g butter
- 150 g powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Freshly grated zest of 2 untreated oranges
- 80 ml bourbon
- A few dashes of cocktail bitters (for example Angostura)
- Preparation: 20 minutes
- Baking: 30 to 35 minutes
Whisk the butter, sugar and the egg for the dough until creamy. Sift the flour on top and mix. Knead just until the dough becomes homogenous, then cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Divide the dough into four ball-shaped parts. Pat down each ball until the size is large enough for a tartlet mould. Line the moulds with the dough. Pre-bake the lined moulds for 15 to 20 minutes, then turn down the temperature to 150 degrees.
In a small saucepan heat butter and powdered sugar for the filling on low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk until it forms a creamy paste. It should not become very hot. Remove from the stove and mix in eggs, orange zest, bourbon and bitters. Make sure the butter an sugar paste is completely dissolved.
Pour the filling into the pre-baked moulds and continue to bake for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool down before serving. The filling will be fairly soft but noticeably boozy.