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What a bizarre title!… I heard that!

For those who are new to this blog, welcome! Also, I am a cat person. I am a cat lover. My husband and I are currently owned by three kitties.

(Like the name of this blog isn’t giving me away…)

Among those three is Texas. When I adopted him, he was so cute and small that I nicknamed him “my little shrimp.”

The little shrimp has grown up to be a beautiful kitty, and is now – today – 7.

Happy Birthday, Texas!

My dear Texas, you’ve been my most loyal, truthful and lovely friend ever. The most furry one too. My black pants know about that ;-) But who cares about black pants when one knows you! I don’t!

In honor of his birthday, I baked something related to kitties: cat’s tongue biscuits or “langues de chat.”

I tried cooking treats for our kitties before, but those were not always a success, so Texas will have his favorite food today and some new toys. You can never have enough nip toys, right? The humans are having cookies.

The “langues de chat” are very easy to bake and only require a little time if you want to put some chocolate on them like I did.

I used and adapted a recipe from the lovely book “La Cuisine des Fées” (“Faeries Cooking”).

For about 100 biscuits (I doubled the proportions from the original recipe, so you can divide in two), you will need:
–For the biscuits–
– 1 stick butter, softened
– 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
– 1 cup flour
– 2 egg whites
– some more butter
–For the chocolate–
– 3.5 oz good chocolate (57% cacao min.)

1. Pre-heat your oven to 400F.

2. Mix the sugar with the butter in a large bowl, until it looks creamy.

3. Add the egg whites. Beat. Sieve the flour and add it slowly to the mixture, while still beating. Mix until the batter is combined.

4. Put the additional butter (1 tbsp will do) in the microwave to melt it. On a cooking sheet, add some parchment paper. Using a brush, put a very thin layer of the melted butter on the parchment paper.

5. Using a pastry bag, create little sticks (about 1 inch long) of batter on your parchment paper.

6. Bake for 5-6 minutes. Let cool on the parchment paper.

Your cat’s tongues or langues de chat are ready to eat if you don’t want to add anything on them.

Now what if you want to add the chocolate? The recipe in the book says you should temper the chocolate. I was a little lazy on that one, I admit, and simply melted the chocolate, but if you want a better looking result, go for tempering!

So once you have either your tempered or melted chocolate, apply a thin layer on the bottom of each “tongue.”

Let the chocolate dry and solidify. Et voilà !