Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eggless Saffron Cookies

On Diwali recently went to a an awesome infact super awesome Dried Fruits and nuts shop. Taking pictures was not allowed else, trust me I would have been glad to show you that store had every thing in dry form starting from Mango to kiwi to plums, apricots and what not. We bought w
Few things and found awesome qualityh Saffron there.

Just few strands were enough when I tested it during my Diwali sweets preparation . :) 
I have been wanting to try my hands using this saffron on something that would give a very strong flavour,colour and aroma.. And today, finally decided to make cookies.

Since my whole wheat flour stock was over, decided to do this batch with plain flour, but the cookies came so nice, that I plan to do them in WWF soon..:) 

These cookies were made with very few ingredients, with not much efforts and no artificial colouring or essence. I added little almond meal too which gave extra crunch to the cookies.

So, sharing my version of saffron Almond Cookies:

- 1.5 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup Almond Meal
- 1/2 cup clarified butter/ or regular unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp of milk ( milk should be warm)
- 1/4 tsp of saffron
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- crushed almond/pistachios for garnishing

1. Take a small bowl add milk and saffron and leave for at least 10 mints.
2. Post 10 mints. You need to stir the saffron strand in milk and ensure to crush the saffron strands completely using a spoon or best by using a mortar and pestle 
3. Now,  take a big bowl and cream together butter and sugar
4. Once done, add saffron and milk Mix to it.
5. Sieve in the dry ingredients ( flour,baking soda and baking powder). And, add the Almind meal too.
6. Now, using your hands mix everything together to form a nice dough.
7. Leave this dough to rest for at least 10-12 mints.
8. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees C.
9. Take small portions of the dough and form them in balls. 
10. Put the dough balls on the baking tray and garnish with pistachio/ almond and pres a little from top.
11. Bake in pre heated oven for 15+ mints. Or till,you see light golden colur on top.

Your yummy Saffron and Almond zcookies are ready to enjoy with your evening cup of tea/cofee or grab the, just like that...:)