Oddities (French Fridays with Dorie: Pierre Herme’s Olive Sables)

Odd combinations.

I like them.

Olives. Egg yolk.


That. Is an odd combination.

But it works.

Sometimes, the unexpected pairings are the most enjoyable.

These slice and bake cookies were a cinch to pull together - the long rest in the refrigerator only added to the ease of fitting them into my holiday baking schedule.

I did have one beef - the directions say to grate up the egg yolk and discard the egg white. What? The egg white is the best part of a hard boiled egg - why on earth would any one discard the white part????

I was befuddled. I was belligerent.

I didn't discard the egg white - I ate it.

You wouldn't think that egg yolks and olives would make for a good cookie.

But they do.

Even fussy little Miss "I won't eat olives" couldn't keep her hands off these. Score!

We served them as part of our Easter dinner buffet as a pre-meal nibble. Also appearing (post-dinner) were next week's financiers (sneak peek below) and TWD's Madeleines (appearing later this month).

I recently caved and bought a Couer a la Creme mold - which meant that a couer a la creme rounded out the dessert offerings (this one was way more successful than my first attempt - the dessert has more than redeemed itself in my eyes). I am so going to try this chocolate version that Mardi posted on next.

Runner Girl kicked off her track season this past weekend at Hamilton College - the 3rd oldest college in NY State (Columbia University & Union College are #1 & #2 - Go Union!).

It has been fun travelling around to all of the different colleges and universities to watch her run. There are so many beautiful, old campuses in Upstate NY.

Just walking around them leaves you feeling a little bit smarter.

Speaking of smarter, I have been reading some good books lately.

I just finished Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy (aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy).  It took me a little bit to get into it, but once I made it about 1/3 of the way through the first book I couldn't put the series down.

Another couple recent reads on the Kindle were two books by Erik Larson - Thunderstruck (historical narrative inter-twining the stories of Hawley Crippen and Marconi) and In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror & an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (historical narrative of American ambassador to Germany W. Dodd in the early part of WWII).

Last night, I started Consider the Fork: A History of how We Cook & Eat by Bee Wilson. Its a fun look at the development of culinary tools. I never really thought about how spoons and pots and all that stuff came into being.

I (heart) my library card. Just sayin'

Hey - good cookies and good reads - nothing odd about that combination!

Glass of milk, anyone?

Peace out.

This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. The recipe for Pierre Herme's Olive Sables can be found here.


  1. These were fab weren't they - weird ingredients, but fab. I love the little roses - so pretty. Have a great weekend.

  2. Our olive hating friends loved these ones too :) Who would have thought? Mind you, we've done seaweed ones before so this is not so out of the ordinary, right?

  3. I am blown away that you could get people to eat more than one of these.

  4. Who would have thought these ingredients would turn out such a wonderful cookie? We enjoyed them at our house!

  5. I ate the egg white too! The yolks are my favorite, but I love hard boiled eggs. Your Easter buffet sounds excellent. These are definitely perfect party food.

  6. I ate the egg white too. Also, grating an egg yolk was hard. I'm glad it worked so well in the cookie, because my poor fingers did not appreciate it at the time. Yours look great, and I love the little rosette financiers!

  7. This is a weird combo of ingredients but they work together! You are doing some highbrow reading! I just couldn't get into the Dragon Tattoo books:( I also love the library and use it religiously! The couer a la creme didn't excite me. Maybe I need to get a mold and try again. I didn't think it was bad it just didn't seem worth the effort. And I had NO liquid come out. None!

  8. I'm glad you liked these, Cher, but I'm in your daughter's camp - not a big fan of olives. I had intended to make these anyway, but time got away from me this week!

    I love college campuses! How fun.

    Have a great weekend!

  9. I must try these. Odd combinations, olives, right up my alley. Glad you ate the egg white. I confess to having to eat a whole hard boiled egg that disintegrated in my hand while I was trying to peel it! And thanks for sharing your reads. I just finished The Silver Linings Playbook. Excellent. Haven't seen the movie.

  10. Cher, your black olive sablés look wonderful, they have a nice color. As far as the sablés are concerned, we really enjoyed them tremendously and I liked them much better than the seaweed sablés that we made a while back. Your sneek peek of next week´s financiers tells me that you baked really cute little cakes!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. First off…I would never throw out the egg white..I ate mine, too!! Your sablés look fabulous…a perfect addition to the Easter table. I just took out the recipe for the financiers this morning. I love little tea cakes! Looking forward to making them.
    I think the campuses of the East Coast schools are beautiful! My daughter went to Cooper Union in Manhattan…a school with a gorgeous Great Hall and so much history!!
    Have a great week-end, Cher! Enjoy your reading!

  12. I have to admit that Dorie comes up with some strange combinations but, they usually
    work. ( Except for pumpkin and blue cheese.) These were tasty and we enjoyed them too.
    On to the financiers. Have a great weekend.

  13. I was impressed by this ingredient list! Turned out some smooth and tasty sables!

  14. I ate the egg white with some mayo while I put together this recipe. They look great Cher, and even better if your daughter liked them! Did you make financiers in rose shape? How interesting. Have a great weekend!

  15. Lucky Easter guests! Dorie does have some odd combos. I have a friend who can't understand why so many, and why I keep trying them. Because some of them work really well, like this one! I love my library too. The Millenium Trilogy was addictive, though oh so dark. I recently read "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" and have almost finished The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, both recommended by our own Mary Hirsch. Great reads! Keep on reading, and hope your snow melts soon. Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Yup, ate the egg white...much preferred over the yolk :) So glad you all enjoyed. And just look at your pretty finanacier!!

  17. My parents have taken to eating only the whites of hard-boiled eggs and feeding the yolks to the dog (the perils of aging). I was happy to take one of those yolks off their hands for this recipe.

    We loved these strange little sablés, too. As strangely addictive as the Millennium Trilogy!

  18. This recipe is so unique but with delicious results :D


  19. The secret's out - Doristas love the whites of eggs. I ate mine also. Frankly, I just don't like waste. Case in point - this morning I finished off two over, over ripe organic bananas because I thought of all the refugee children in Syria who would relish these bananas. Yeah, a bleeding heart. As you already know, although I didn't like the seaweed sablés, I really enjoyed these. Next time, oilier olives and sea salt topping per Mardi. Thanks for book recs. I read Book I but guess I need to go on to 2 and 3. Read Larson's Beasts and Chicago Devil's but had never heard of Thunderstruck. Am reading "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed and reading through Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home Cookbook. Love your book suggestions. I also always thought that hanging out at higher institutions made you smarter.

  20. What a great post, Cher. I also ate the rest of the egg yolk and all the egg white when I made mine. :) I loved hearing about what you have been reading and have wondered about that series of books. Your cookies look terrific and I am glad that they were a hit. It looks like so much fun visiting all the college campuses and seeing your daughter run.

  21. Discard the egg white?! Blasphemy. You did the only logical thing. I'd forgotten about the olive sables. Not particularly interested in the seaweed version, but olives....

  22. Love the book suggestions in your comments- interesting that we Doristas have similar reading preferences.


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