Monday, February 13, 2012

Ginger-Almond Biscuits

I have been planning to bake Ginger biscuits for a while now..dont know why i have been putting it off..In blore, there's a famous bakery called Butter Sponge, where you would get amazing biscuits , the likes of Nankatai, Kesar, Cashew, Khaara & ginger biscuits! So every time, mom went to DVG road, i would get packets of all of them :).. after school, i would get two of my choice biscuit with bournvita. How i miss that now :(
When i saw Kalyani's Magic Mingle, i loved the idea of putting together something, using the magic ingredients! I decided to join the group & Kalyani was sweet enough to accommodate me this very month.. my magic ingredients being Ginger & Almonds!!! I love almonds, but not a great fan of ginger... but the minute i saw ginger, all i could think of ..was Ginger biscuits!! What better time to bake them :)
There are so many recipes of Ginger biscuits...there's cookies, snaps etc etc..seeing all of them, put together what ever  had in my pantry.. Result : Totally worth it! The magic worked :D




Ginger - Almond Biscuits




Biscuits of all shapes & sized ;)




Ingredients
1. All purpose flour/Maida - 1 cup
2. Almond powder - 1/2 cup (reduced 2tbsp)
3. Ginger powder - 1 tsp
4. Oats powder - 2 tbsp
5. Butter - 3/4 stick/ less than half cup
6. Liquid Jaggery - 1/2 cup
7. Light brown sugar - 1/3 cup + 2tbsp
8. Flax seeds powder - 1-1/2 tsp
9. Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
10. Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
11. Almonds chopped - 1/4 cup
12. Nutmeg powder - a pinch


Preparation Time!!
1. Sieve All purpose flour, baking powder & soda in a bowl
2. To this add oats & almond powder (i had this powder handy! I generally dry roast them separately & powdered them in a blender). Also add flax seeds powder & nutmeg powder
3. Add a little water ( 4-5 tbsp) to the jaggery and melt it. Then sieve the jaggery, to remove impurities or lumps & keep aside
4. Melt butter & slight whip. To this add sugar & liquid jaggery & whip well, till creamy
5. Then add this liquid little by little to the dry mixture and form a dough
6. The dough is sticky, so don't worry ( ya, i freaked & had a good mind to include more powder..but my good sense prevailed & i didn't :))
7. Wrap this sought in cling paper & refrigerate for half hour
7a. You could shape it in the form of a rectangular log or you could make small balls & slightly flatten them
8. Pre-heat over to 350F and line the biscuits in a tray with a little distance, giving them space to expand
9. Bake for 15 min or till sides turn brown. If you like, soft chewy biscuits, remove them by 12-13 minutes!
10. Cool & enjoy with a cup of tea :)


Pointers
1. They don't really fluff up, but they do expand, so space them up while you bake
2. Dont increase the nutmeg quantity, its quite strong & spoils the taste
3. They do taste different from your normal cookies/biscuits but its nice :)..you could skips oats, flax powder etc.. but they are healthy..so why skip right??


Serving : 15-20 big size cookies
Duration - 1hr + 10 minutes ( 1/2 hr refrigerate, 20 minutes of putting stuff together & 15 minutes of baking!)


Sending this to
1. Kalyani's Magic Mingle # 2
2. Vidhya's Love Lock with Sweets hosted by Killer on the Plate
3. Vardhini's Bake Fest #4 hosted by Tomato Blues
4. Vardhini's Sweet Luv
5. Radhika's 'Lets cook - Sweet Somethings'

6. Sumee's Bon Vivant Moments








































47 comments:

  1. The cookies look awesome, I've never tried this almond-ginger combo, bookmarked:)

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  2. Love these cookies! I like the addition of oats and flax seed!!

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  3. @hema : thanks hema! try them.. i am sure you will love it!
    @Harini : we have baked on similar lines, jus left a comment back.. urs look scrumptious!

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  4. wonderful and interesting combo, delicious biscuits..

    Happy Valentines Day !!

    Join the Just "4" Fun event :)

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    1. Thanks sobha :) & wish u a very happy valentine's day too!

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  5. Butter sponge was my fav place too!!! Love their khara biscuits. These cookies look so good. Anything ginger is good right.! Thanks for linking up.

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    1. U welcome sumee! Good to know u are from blore too... i love khara biscuits too :D

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  6. super ones...even I posted Ginger Almond biscuits..but surely this version has attracted me for healthy reason!lovely!!

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    1. thanks vaishali :)..ur ginger cookie slook fab too !

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  7. Nice combination of almonds and ginger.

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    1. Thanks kana :) whats cooking in urs?

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    1. I know for a change..esp wrt to baking :D

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  9. lovely one Rasya :) Thanks for joining us @ Magic Mingle.. the 'butter sponge' reference to Blr's bakery made me sooo nostalgic.. nice to know a fellow Bangalorean too !


    Kalyani
    Sizzling Tastebuds
    Event : Valentine Fest – Served with Love
    Event : Cook with Spices - Coriander

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    1. Same here! thrilled to find any bloreans & today got to know two of u!! Thanks for having me as a part of Magic mingle :)

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  10. awesome cookies with lovely flavor...

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    1. Thanks vimitha :)..love ur dishes too!

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  12. They are such wonderful biscuits!! I especially like the ginger flavor there...just too good. :) Glad to read about Bangalore...ohhh, I get so nostalgic hearing abt it!!
    Thanks for linking it to 'Cakes, Cookies and Desserts'.

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    1. don't tell me you are from blore too! it would be 3rd blorean for the day :D

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  13. very yummy n crispy looking cookies.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by :)..glad to find ur space!

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  14. I love almonds and ginger cookies separately, never had them together...this looks awesome, thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

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  15. WOW..I love this..Thanks for posting it Dear..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  16. Very flavorful biscuitys n lovely bake!!

    Happy Valentines day,dear!!

    Erivum Puliyum

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  17. Love the cookies and the interesting combination of ingredients.

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  18. @julie, aarthi, pumpkin farm & suma : thanks guys!

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  19. Hi Rasi, the cookies are so yummy..thanks for the recipe..your space is full of delicious recipes..happy to be your follower:-)

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    1. Thanks nithu :) its great hearing that from a seasoned blogger like u.. keep dropping by :)

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  20. Wow! looks so soft and crumbly... im sure tey taste gr8 as well :)

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  21. Very yummy biscuits..Thanks to Magic Mingle have founds another new and wonderful blog in yours.

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    1. I know.. isn't it great we get to know so many others :)

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  22. Ginger and almonds make a terrific combo in these cookies

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  23. I tried Ginger cookies but adding almonds really diff combo..loved the cookies............

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  24. Ginger must have added a lot of flavor to the cookies. Love it and thx for linking to the event.

    Vardhini
    Event: Sweet Luv
    Event: Strawberries

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    1. It surely did.. in fact it defines the biscuit :)

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  25. Wonderful combo and perfectly made biscuts !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

    Ongoing event CC-Dish For Loved Ones

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