Black olives have a briny sweetness that effortlessly straddles the line between sweet and savory.
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These Sablé aux Olives Noires from Pierre Hermé Pastries take a lovely sablé base and incorporate one of the most unexpected cookie add-ins ever: oil-cured black olives. It's an unlikely duo of sweet-buttery and salty-bitter that works in a way that's innovative and elegant.
David Leite, author of The New Portuguese Table is quick to point out that these Sweet Lemon and Black Olive Wafers are not typical of Portuguese cuisine. What they are is an inspired riff on a biscoito, a dunking cookie similar to biscotti. By adding olive-cured olives and lemon zest, Leite has created a flavor complexity with sweet-savory qualities that simple, home-baked cookies rarely attain.