Besides work, the major thing that took me away from The Sour Dough last year was my new found obsession, and it is an obsession, with golf. When I wasn't in the kitchen, I was at the golf course or driving range.
One of the funniest commercials I saw over the Christmas holiday was this ESPN Sports Center commercial:
If you don't know the reference, that is Arnold Palmer "playing through" in the ESPN cafeteria to make himself his namesake drink, The Arnold Palmer.
It gets even better. Apparently, after filming the commercial the staff of ESPN and Arnie went out to the back and The King proceeded to chip a ball into a glass filled with an Arnold Palmer.
Man, I wish I could hole out like that!
The wind is howling outside, making the 18 degrees feel like -3 below zero and, even if I wasn't recovering from the flu, I don't think golf is in my future any time soon here in Connecticut. But, to make it feel a little more like summer here is a flashback recipe from the end of the summer last year for my Arnold Palmer Cookies.
Arnold Palmer Cookies
1 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
1/4 C sifted confectioners sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
1/8 C lemonade, (Homemade is best but if you have to use store bought, try to get some that doesn't use high fructose corn syrup)
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 C AP flour, sifted
1/8 C finely ground black tea
Combine flour, salt and tea and set aside. Cream butter and sugars until the butter is light and fluffy. Add into the butter mixture, the lemon zest and lemonade. 1/4 cup at a time, add in flour mixture until the dough just comes together.
Form the dough plank on waxed paper, place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Dough can also be wrapped and frozen for up to 1 month.
Slice frozen dough in 1/4" slices, place on prepared or parchment paper lined cookie pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges are just starting to turn golden brown in pre-heated 350 degree oven.
Remove from oven, allow to cool on pan for 1-2 minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before glazing.
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp lemonade
1 Tbsp freshly brewed tea
Combine the ingredients together. You may need to add more liquid or sugar to get the glaze to the consistency you desire.
Make 2 dozen. These cookies freeze well, ship fantastic, and will stay fresh for one week in a sealed container.