First attempt Petit Fours
Since the time I set my eyes on Petit Fours, it was love at first sight. It’s a delightful French dessert originated in 18th Century, made and served in bite size pieces. This is the dessert I have always wanted to make but was scared to. I kept thinking it must be too difficult, it looks too dainty, I won’t be able to pull it off. Finally, I gathered up some courage and decided to approach Petit Fours one step at a time. If I could do the first step, then I will move forward with the next one. It turns out, if you follow the instructions, it’s not all that difficult. I am by no means saying it’s easy but at least I am not scared to try it again. I would just give one advice though. When you are making these, make sure no toddlers are on a mission to empty every single cabinet in sight and no first graders are trying to get your help with their homework. It will be a mess and everyone will end up crying. Yes, I said, Everyone.
That said, give it try and let me know how it goes for you. There are literally hundreds of ways you can make and decorate Petit Fours. As and when I try different versions of this love of mine, I will be posting those.
All Purpose Flour 1 1/3 cup
Butter 1/4 cup softened
Shortening 1/4 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Milk 2/3 cup
Egg Whites 3
Baking Powder 2 tsp
Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
Confectioners Sugar 2 pounds
Water 2/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp
Orange Blossom Water 1 Tbsp or any other extract of your choice
For dipping :
Wilton’s Candy Melt – 2 bags of your choice color
Preheat over at 350 F. Grease a 9 inch square or similar sized pan and set aside.Combine Flour and baking powder and set aside.
In a stand mixer, mix Butter and shortening until well mixed. Add Vanilla extract and beat. Once well combined, add Sugar and beat at medium to high speed. Then start adding Flour mixture alternating with milk. Beat egg separately in another bowl and fold it into the prepared batter. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for about 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Still with me?
Cut small squares as per your liking.
To prepare Glaze, add all ingredients in a stand mixer bowl and beat until well blended. Keep all cake pieces on a cooling rack and keep another tray underneath to catch the left over glaze from pouring. Pour over your cake pieces to make sure all sides and tops are covered. You can re-use the glaze that collects in the tray underneath. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Prepare candy melt as per instructions on the package and using either fork or a skewer, dip each petit four into candy melt and ensure even coating. Let it cool so the candy can harden.
I used Royal icing to make the design on top. You can use that make any other design of your choice.
Recipe inspired by Taste of Home.