I’ve been mulling the flavor profile of one of my most beloved fantasy heroines– Cimorene, the princess from Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles— for quite some time. I wanted to capture the essence of Cimorene traipsing through forests, starting and stumbling upon gritty and fantastical adventures, and all with plenty of spunk and temper to spare!
I went with a shortbread, a cookie not too sweet, hard and sometimes brittle to hold, but one that immediately melts in your mouth. But of course, it wouldn’t be a proper homage to Cimorene if it were so predictable– raisins, pecans, and a dash of black pepper give some chew and punch. The cream in the ganache is steeped in ginger for hours for a prickly spicy chocolate covering.
Enjoy with Grand Crimson tea! Perhaps you’ll marathon the chronicles from the beginning or maybe pick up with Talking to Dragons and follow Daystar out into the Enchanted Forest.
Many thanks to Sithel for helping experiment and construct the recipe!