Monday, December 31, 2007
Kaju Katli N Orangy-Cashew Cookies
CASHEWY CASHEWY -KAJU KATLIS N ORANGY-KAAJU COOKIES
Kaju Katli is a sweet which is liked by most of us! My full family just loves it. When Pooja posted her easy recipe I had to give it a try, sooner or later--well later I did! Thanks Pooja...this recipe is a true winner. My hubby too liked this home made Katlis a lot.
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ghee
1 tsp milk
Grease a small thali/plate with ghee and keep aside.
Kajus are soaked in water for half an hour, drained and spread on a paper towel. In dry jar of a grinder, grind together the sugar and cashews. If there is difficulty in grinding, add only 1 tsp (not more) of milk and coarsely grind it. In a kadhai , take 1 tsp ghee, heat it, add this mixture.
Keep stirring on low or medium flame, till it bubbles and leaves sides of pan. (takes only 5-6 minutes). Transfer immediately onto the greased plate. Flatten it with aid of a spatula, spreading the mixture uniformly in the plate.
Allow to cool completely. Place the varq on it. Cut into shape of your choice. Refrigerate.
This will take one day to firm up. It will then look as above..firm to hold, not chewy at all, very very cashewy!!! Just like Katlis from a sweet vendor!!
The second recipe is from the best blog Shilpa of AR, whose maximum recipes I have tried and they always, without fail turn out best!
These cookies needed orange zest, for which I used orange soaked in warm water, it was easy job to peel off the orange part of skin only, which I later passed through my food processor to shred into more bits. It was fun while baking them, more fun to watch hubby and kids say hmmm-nice ones while eating it. These have only cashews as I didn't have pecans at the time of baking these. They have a mild orange flavour to it, with cashews to munch on and the rest of it just melting away in the mouth!!!!
(Please use accurate measures to obtain delicious cookies)
2 cups maida
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbspn orange zest (ie zest of 1 medium sized orange)
1 cup cashew (coarsely ground)
1 tsp salt
Sieve maida,baking powder and salt together. Keep aside. Coarsely grind the cashews, keep aside. With an electric beater, cream the sugar and butter. Keep beating on lowest settings, add egg, orange zest, flour mixture spoon by spoon. Finally add the cashews and mix well.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F(170 deg C for my oven). Make small lime sized balls.
Line the baking sheet with waxed paper/parchment paper. Place these pedhas with good space as they tend to spread triple the size. Bake for 15 minutes or till the sides turn golden brown, remove and cool on a wire rack.
If the middle part looks mushy, it will gradually firm up on cooling.
In a dry airtight jar, store these 30 yummy cookies !
Every time the jar is opened a nice aroma fills the place , reeling your senses!!!!
CELEBRATE THIS MERRY OCCASION WITH KAJU-KATLIS N COOKIES!!