Canary Islands Connection

Canary Islands Connection

Every December, I make you a promise in my head that, this! will be the 12 months that I reveal a recipe for classic sugar cookies, the kind that you can roll into any shape your heart desires and sprinkle, then ice, glitter and bauble in to the New Year which year was no different merrily. But then December arrives and my cooking dance card is absolutely bursting with offers to fill your internet quota with cocktails and party snacks and wrappable candies therefore, so many cookies. Cookies with chocolate and butter, cookies with puddles of mint; cookies with blackberries and hazelnuts or white chocolate and ginger and butterscotch, people. Is it any question that I usually lose sight of loftier baking goals every year when confronted with the chance of butterscotch-crunched cookies?
As you can tell probably, I’m having a great time. I briefly wondered when I handed in my manuscript what I would do with all of that leisure time for the five weeks it really is in the hands of some sainted copyeditor. I shouldn’t have worried, partly because I've among these, and because of butter also; I am actually biding my time with boxes and boxes of butter. My daily vista is whipped butter, faintly sparkled with granulated sugar clinging to a KitchenAid paddle before an avalanche of flour and spices puff their way up from the attached bowl. My freezer is definitely packed with layers upon layers of cookies between bedding of waxed paper in airtight containers, eagerly awaiting the party invitations which will arrive flooding in given that surely, for the first time in the history of my disorganized existence, I am prepared for them actually.
You’re inviting me to your vacation party, best? Okay, phew. I may bring these. They look really plain, don’t they? But they certainly are a tumble of butter and maple syrup, crackly ocean salt and a whiff of nutmeg. They will be the exact reason that I cannot provide myself to create ordinary glucose cookies, not really when cookies like this exist. There’s a complete lot of maple syrup in there, which is among my favorite things on earth and yet I have to retire my Maple Syrup Fanatic Golf club Card because evidently, I’ve been buying it all wrong. In school, a written report card filled with A’s (not that I ever noticed one) was vastly excellent than one cluttered with B’s and so, like most people, I assumed that Grade A maple syrup was the best you could get. I was so misled! Quality B is like maple syrup raised to the most maple syrup power (with mathematics summaries like this, my report cards should shock you much less) - it really is loud with the great, almost smoky sweetness of dark maple syrup and it creates these cookies work. Maple syrup has such a subtle flavor that it’s often lost in baked goods, no matter how much you use. Not really here. Here, it lingers and plays off of ocean nutmeg and salt in a slim, tender when warm, crisp when awesome, intensely buttery cookie. Oh, and I used generic, on sale, store brand butter. Could you think about what the fancier butters would do for this cookie? I’m almost afraid to find out.


Tenerife (/tɛnəˈriːf/; Spanish: ) is the largest and most populated island of the seven Canary Islands. It is also the most populated island of Spain, with a land area of 2,034.38 square kilometres (785 sq mi) and 898,680 inhabitants, 43 percent of the total population of the Canary Islands. Tenerife is the largest and most populous island of Macaronesia.

About five million tourists visit Tenerife each year, the most of any of the Canary Islands. It is one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain and the world. Tenerife hosts one of the world's largest carnivals and the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is working to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Served by two airports, Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport, Tenerife is the economic centre of the archipelago. The 1977 collision of two Boeing 747 passenger jets at Tenerife North Airport, resulting in 583 deaths, remains the deadliest aviation accident in world history.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island and the seat of the island council (cabildo insular). The city is capital of the autonomous community of Canary Islands (shared with Las Palmas), sharing governmental institutions such as Presidency and ministries. Between the 1833 territorial division of Spain and 1927, Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the sole capital of the Canary Islands. In 1927 the Crown ordered that the capital of the Canary Islands be shared, as it remains at present. Santa Cruz contains the modern Auditorio de Tenerife, the architectural symbol of the Canary Islands.

The island is home to the University of La Laguna; founded in 1792 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, it is the oldest university in the Canaries. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is the second to have been founded on the island, and is the third of the archipelago. The city of La Laguna was capital of the Canary Islands before Santa Cruz replaced it in 1833.

Teide National Park, a World Heritage Site in the center of the island, has Teide, the highest elevation of Spain, the highest of the islands of the Atlantic Ocean, and the third-largest volcano in the world from its base. Also located on the island, Macizo de Anaga since 2015 has been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It has the largest number of endemic species in Europe.
Toponymy

The island's indigenous people, the Guanches, referred to the island as Achinet or Chenet in their language (variant spellings are found in the literature). According to Pliny the Younger, Berber king Juba II sent an expedition to the Canary Islands and Madeira; he named the Canary Islands for the particularly ferocious dogs (canaria) on the island. Juba II and Ancient Romans referred to the island of Tenerife as Nivaria, derived from the Latin word nix (nsg.; gsg. nivis, npl. nives), meaning snow, referring to the snow-covered peak of the Teide volcano. Later maps dating to the 14th and 15th century, by mapmakers such as Bontier and Le Verrier, refer to the island as Isla del Infierno, literally meaning "Island of Hell," referring to the volcanic activity and eruptions of Mount Teide.

The Benahoaritas (natives of La Palma) are said to have named the island, deriving it from the words tene ("mountain") and ife ("white"). After colonisation, the Hispanisation of the name resulted in adding the letter "r" to unite both words, producing Tenerife.

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