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Levain Bakery New York

paprkutr Apr 25, 2010 09:01 PM

I just saw the chocolate chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery in NYC. They looked marvelous. I am in LA and would like to try making them. If anyone has a recipe for them, I would greatly appreciate it. TIA

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: paprkutr Apr 25, 2010 09:46 PM

    well if you saw the cookies on "Best Thing I Ever Ate," then you already know the recipe is a closely guarded secret. many people have tried to recreate them, and there are copycat recipes floating around out there - of course since the bakery actually has many of the links to those recipes posted on their website, it's a pretty safe bet that none of them has quite cracked the code ;)


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      onigiri RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 27, 2010 02:58 PM

      I tried making the ones from Lisa Michele. I haven't had the original cookies, but this recipe was amazing. Everyone that tried them loved them and wanted the recipe.

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      Rippin200 RE: paprkutr Apr 26, 2010 08:28 AM

      I saw the same show this weekend. I work in Midtown and am making it a personal goal to try these things ASAP!

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        baloney RE: Rippin200 Apr 26, 2010 12:02 PM

        I'm an LA hound as well and just visited NY and I must say these cookies did live up to expectations. I couldn't resist and had a "bite" right outside the door and they were EXCELLENT, beautifully melty as advertised. I would love to have a similar recipe as well!

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        paprkutr RE: paprkutr Apr 26, 2010 05:58 PM

        Thanks, everyone, I was on the website, but it doesn't give the recipe for the ch/ch chip cookies. IF anyone has it, I know that there are a lot of people who would love to try them.

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: paprkutr Apr 26, 2010 08:05 PM

          in the meantime, you could try experimenting with one of the recipes by adding extra dark French cocoa to it - i'd be willing to bet the bakery uses the Callebaut product called Cacao Barry Plein Arome.

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            housewolf RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 27, 2010 12:33 AM

            I'm curous - what makes you think they use the Cocao Barry product?

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: housewolf Apr 27, 2010 02:44 PM

              actually, i was half-right. i knew they used Cacao Barry because a friend who works for Callebaut told me they supply their cocoa. but i just e-mailed him to confirm, and it turns out they actually use the Extra Brute. i assumed it was the Plein Arome because the color didn't appear to have the characteristic red tint of the Brute, but i guess i was mistaken!

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                chowser RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 27, 2010 04:04 PM

                They use cocoa in their chocolate chip cookies? Or other ones? The cookies look really good and I'd love to try them. I thought it was interesting, in the throwdown with Bobby Flay, that they said they didn't use vanilla. That's a key ingredient to me.

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: chowser Apr 27, 2010 04:37 PM

                  the cocoa is in the double chocolate chip ones they featured on Best Thing I Ever Ate - that's the recipe the OP wants to recreate.

                  re: the vanilla, i have a couple of thoughts on that. unfortunately i never had the pleasure of sampling the cookies back in my gluten-eating days, so i can't rely on my own palate to determine whether or not there really is some form of vanilla in there. it's been a really long time since i saw that Throwdown episode, so i can't recall exactly how this particular detail was revealed - did they say they don't use ANY form of vanilla, or just that they don't use vanilla extract or flavoring? there's always the possibility that they were technically telling the truth about that without revealing that they used fresh vanilla bean or something along those lines. or, quite honestly, it could be that they flat-out lied in the interest of protecting their recipe. they wouldn't be the first ones to do so! i wish i could eat one myself to see if i can identify any vanilla in there :(

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                    chowser RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 28, 2010 03:43 AM

                    It caught my attention because they said they didn't notice a difference w/ or w/out so they stopped using it.

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: chowser Apr 28, 2010 09:45 AM

                      thanks - i saw the episode so long ago that i couldn't remember! of course i *still* wish i could try the cookies for myself ;)

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