Croquants and Curried Shrimp

This week on French Fridays with Dorie we are finally making a dessert!  Dorie says “named for its texture (croquant means crunchy), the cookie is so crisp that there’s no way to eat it silently.”

Dorie gave a few suggestions on nuts and I went with hazelnuts and almonds.
This cookie had very few ingredients; nuts, sugar, egg whites and flour.  It made for an interesting looking dough.
These crunchy cookies are meringue-like in texture with the addition of nuts.  Definitely crunchy. My review, I should have cooked them a little longer.  My first batches were cooked but pale. My last batch was the darkest and most crunchy.  My book club liked them, members kept going back for more.  I took some to work and the nut lovers in the group loved them.

Inspired by my fellow Doristas, I made the curried mussels recipe with shrimp.  It was delicious and will be made again.  We made one mistake as I halved the recipe but put in all the cream.  It was a little too creamy but still good.

The fisherman’s hut
Mixed with little shrimp
Some crickets!
From The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery which I am currently reading.

These recipes are part of an international cooking group working our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. 

To see more Croquants go here.
To see more Curried Mussels or Shrimp go here.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Cakelaw says:

    Nice work on the croquants and the shrimp. Have a great weekend.


  2. Liz Berg says:

    Glad you enjoyed these! I think I'm lacking nut lovers in my social circle/family :)P.S. Loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog


  3. Nice work with catching up!


  4. I liked The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Glad you were able to adapt the mussels recipe & your cookie combo sounds good!


  5. Oh, that was a beautifully written book! Glad you liked the croquants and I totally agree that they're better when cooked longer.


  6. Kathy says:

    We loved these little cookies too! They were so perfect with my cup of tea!


  7. Nana says:

    Both of your recipes turned out well. The curried shrimps was great, wasn't it.We loved that recipe as well as this week's croquants.


  8. Diane Balch says:

    What a lucky book group to get such great cookies.


  9. Anonymous says:

    I used the same nut combo. Wasn't it good? These are perfect to serve to a book group. And the curried shrimp is a variation I want to try. (I'll admit that I did not enjoy The Elegance of the Hedgehog…)


  10. Anonymous says:

    I love these cookies and make them often. They always disappear, so I'm not surprised that happened at your book club! I like the combination of nuts you used.


  11. Diane, almonds and hazelnuts are such a nice mix of nuts to add to these lovely French croquants – your cookies look fabulous and so does your curried shrimp, great color with those spices – wonderful pictures and great make-up and sweet treats!Have a nice weekend,Andrea


  12. So fun that you took these to book club! They look like they turned out great!


  13. Guyla Mayo says:

    I think I will make these for book club in a couple of weeks! Your cookies look great Diane. The curried shrimp was good, wasn't it?


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