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Monday, 8 April 2013

"Bolinhas -- Tea Time Cookies"

Biscuits and cookies are an integral part of every kitchen cupboard. I cant imagine having tea without cookies on any day. I usually stock up on different flavoured cream biscuits and sweet & salt ones. So this time I thought of making some different ones at home. Todays recipe is of a Goan teatime cookie called Bolinhas. These cookies are absolutely flourless and light and chewy. They taste best with a cup of tea or a scoop of icecream on a sunny day. You can prepare a lot many and store in an airtight container for upto a week. 

" Bolinhas - Tea Time Cookies "

Ingredients : 

1/2 cup grated coconut 
3/4 cup fine semolina
1 egg
2 tbsp butter
less than 1 cup fine caster sugar
10-15 cashewnuts - chopped
1/2 tbsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp salt

  • Beat the egg till light and fluffy. Cream the butter.Add the egg,semolina,sugar,chopped cashews,cardamom powder and salt and mix well.
  • Set this mixture aside for atleast eight hours to ferment.
  • After eight hours add the coconut and mix well. 
  • Line a baking tray with butter or parchment paper. 
  • Bake small balls of the mixture and flatten slightly to shape like a cookie. Arrange on the baking tray.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180*C for around 15-20 minutes till light golden brown.
Note : For soft and fluffy bolinhas, it is important to ferment the batter for eight hours else they will get hard after baking. You can decorate them with cashewnuts on top before baking.

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