I didn’t think I would do it…but I did!! Baked another something because I was feeling lousy about not having pictures for my previous post!! That’s back to back baking!! I hope the euphoria remains!! For a baking dud like me, this is like having passed the board exams with a distinction!! The net results are far better than yesterday’s effort that I was crowing about in the previous post…..i feel like taking small steps towards climbing that mountain called baking which from childhood I was told is where the ogre lives!! I am a terrible procrastinator and most of the excuse I make for being so is that the task is very difficult and I will need all my ‘time and energy’ to tackle it. When you finally get down to doing it, you realize that it was made difficult by just your imagination….by no stretch of imagination am I trying to say that baking is easy…far from it…but its challenging enough not to take the fun out of it….and boy!! am i having fun or what…i just love the way the kitchen fills up with the lovely smells….and no i don’t rush to switch on the chimney for once….I have also discovered something…..unlike cooking (which you may slave over for hours together) baking is an absolute attention grabber!! The incredible “you made this” look is to die for!! and this time I altered a few things in the tart recipe from here. Only as much as I dared. The result is about 30-35 cookies.
the original recipe is from Tarla dalal’s cookbook called Eggless Desserts, it can also be found here.
1 cup butter (chilled but soft enough to cut into small squares)
2 cups maida (sifted)
3 tbsp oats
2 ½ tbsp powdered sugar
A pinch of salt
2 tspn cold water
Rub the maida into the butter with finger tips. Add the sugar, salt and oats and combine well. Add the 2 tspn cold water and make into a dough. Do not knead. Cover with clingfilm or foil and refrigerate for 20 mins. While the dough sits in the fridge, preheat oven to 200 degrees C. roll out the dough to about ¼ th of an inch thickness. Cut out into desired shapes. Prick with a fork. Place on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes till the edges are just turning golden brown. Cool thoroughly on a wire rack before storing in an air tight container…if they last this long that is….the aroma of fresh baked cookies and their buttery melt in your mouth texture wont allow them this far though…be warned!! Enjoy with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.