Hazelnut cookies | Hazelnut Spritzgeback – piped, gluten-free

Hazelnut cookies | Hazelnut Spritzgeback – piped, gluten-free
My daughter was home last month for Winter break and that is when these cookies first got done.  She bought me two small packs of lemon flavoured cookies and chocolate flavoured cookies, the vegan and gluten free kind.  I fell in love with the lemony cookies and finished them off the same day (10 in a pack). They were quite expensive and I realised we needed to come up with a homemade version to keep up with the appetite.  The shop bought ones could not be sustained in the long run. H also brought 2 packs of vegan butter and I decided to put it to good use.  Vegan butter is a rare thing to come by in India.  It took me three batches to perfect the recipe.  You can flavour it with spices of your choice.  I like cardamom, lemon, five spice and star anise in my cookies - separately of course. The cookies are extremely light, crisp and 'melt-in-mouth'.  H says 'such stuff' should be had with hot chocolate.  Hmm... sound suggestion, no? [caption id="attachment_6831" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hazelnut Cookies | Spritzgeback | GFCF | Vegan | tongueticklers.com[/caption] The cookie dough should be soft and supple, capable of being piped out of an ...

Bhuja hua kaju barfi | Roasted cashew barfi – an original recipe

Bhuja hua kaju barfi | Roasted cashew barfi – an original recipe One week-day, when I was in a hurry and time seemed to be ticking away a little faster, I knew I could not wait for the 'cashew barfi mix' in the wok to cook even a minute longer, and poured it onto a jelly pan a few minutes earlier than I should have.  I willed, but it wasn't enough to set the barfi in the next ten minutes, and I had to leave for work ...

Thengai barfi | Coconut candy squares

Thengai barfi | Coconut candy squares Tamil: Thengai barfi | Hindi: Nariyal or narial ki barfi | Marathi: Narali pak or copra pak | Gujarati: Koperapak | English translation: Coconut candy squares | A quick sweet made with just coconut scraping, sugar and cardamom powder. Till I came to Mumbai (then Bombay) I assumed coconut barfi was a South Indian preparation (thengai barfi) but soon found that it is a favourite in Maharashtra.  There is no proper translation in English but since ...