Asian Heritage Month Blog Event:
The Fortune Cookie
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
A fortune cookie often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in North America is a cookie with a “fortune” inside: a piece of paper with words of wisdom or a vague prophecy.
You may be familiar with the popularity of adding “in bed” to your fortune for laughs. I’d rather add, “with a book” for mine.
Here are some of the real fortunes I have received that are my favourites:
You can also enjoy the “fortune” of making fortune cookies yourself with this Fortune Cookie Recipe:
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup superfine sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- non-stick cooking spray
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine egg whites and sugar, and beat on medium speed, about 30 seconds. Add flour and salt, and beat until combined. Add butter, heavy cream, and almond extract, and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.
3. Pour 1 tablespoon of batter onto half of the baking sheet, and spread with the back of a spoon into a thin 5-inch circle; repeat on the other half of the sheet. Bake until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown, about 8 minutes.
4. Transfer baking sheet to a heat-resistant surface. Working as quickly as possible, slide a spatula under one of the cookies. Lift it up, and place it on a clean kitchen towel.
5. Using your fingers, fold the cookie in half, pinching the top together to form a loose semicircle. Hold the cookie with your index fingers inserted at each open end, and slide your thumbs together along the bottom line. Press into the center of the cookie while bending the two open ends together and down to form the shape of a fortune cookie. This whole process should take about 10 seconds.
6. Once the cookie hardens, which begins to happen almost immediately, you cannot fold it. Place the fortune cookie on the kitchen towel to cool, and shape the second cookie. Repeat until all the batter is used up. To speed up the process, bake four cookies at a time, staggering two cookie sheets by 4 minutes to give you time to shape. To avoid wasting batter, practice folding with a circle of paper first.
7. Write your message on a long strip of sturdy art paper. Thread the fortune through the cookie when it has cooled.
To get your own virtual fortune from a fortune cookie, you can visit the Fortune Cookie Generator here.
To read more posts for the Asian Heritage Month Blog Event, you can visit here.
Do you enjoy receiving fortune cookies? Do you believe in them? What’s the best “fortune” you have ever received?