Pastries & Cookies
Eggless cookies, pies, tarts
There is nothing I find more soothing & relaxing than putting on my apron & head to the kitchen to bake a cookie or a cake or any fuss-free dessert. The excitement begins as I start mixing the ingredients to make a mixture of dreams! You create various shapes and sizes from the dough as desired and then oven does its job. My elation reaches its peak when I try & see through the oven glass to find they are turning out quite well. Choco chip cookies are may be the simplest out of all cookies recipes but the taste is nothing short of being heavenly, especially when served with a glass of milk.
And then in the end after all the efforts just looking at a perfectly baked dish created from scratch from my very own hands & the laughter among my family as they enjoy my creation is a wonderful feeling (sigh).
They were right when they said – “Baking can be therapeutic“.
These cookies hardly take long to prepare but the result is amazing! This is an easiest recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies I have come across.
`Pillow’ is the right word to name these cookies. For the outer layer is just that, soft and delicate with the delicious aroma of butter and vanilla. The `pillows` are sandwiched with soft raisins having a hint of freshly squeezed lemon that perfectly complement the butter-y-ness of the cookies.
All in all a perfect start off your home baking plans!
Nankatai, the all-time favorite Indian Cookies, said to have originated in Surat, are perfect at tea time!
Now you don`t have to shy away on the mention of cookies assuming they are time consuming or call for complicated techniques. This buttery cookie is a breeze to make and bake. Its a recipe you can always fall back on each time you crave for cookies. They are that easy to make. And they call for basic ingredients always stocked in your pantry – flour, sugar and of course desi ghee. There is no substitute for desi ghee (clarified butter) for this recipe. So please do not hunt for one, even if you are thinking of your diet chart and implications of ghee on it!! Some recipe are made with butter. But I personally feel it is ghee that brings out the Indian-ness of this cookie and makes it different from all other cookies.
I therefore recommend, ghee and only ghee for nan khatais. Certain pleasure in life are to be had just the way they are, no shortcuts or substitutes!
To be in tune with the warm and happy feeling ignited by the magical beauty of nature called for something warm for Sunday`s lunch. And the Apple tart was not far behind. Baking is ideal when the weather is cooler. For the kitchen, with the warmth from the oven is an ideal place to spend the cool morning with!
The end result here is worth all the time spent in mixing and chopping and waiting for the base to chill. Do not look for too many shortcuts to reduce the time to make a flaky and delicious apple tart but the entire process is actually a real stress buster! A nice way to relax one Sunday morning, with the slightly cool breeze suggesting a pleasant weather later in the day, and having this as a dessert to end a lavish Sunday meal….