Showing posts from October, 2011

Diwali Sweets

This diwali I have made a few resolutions;

No New clothes for me - closets overflowing
Few crackers - last year we said no more, but gau was disappointed so limited enjoyment better than starving
Regular traditional sweets as opposed to something fancy off the web;  My sweets last year were easily perishable.
Definitely bajji, ukkarai on diwali day.

I have not made my mom style sweets in a long while, the kind to fill cookie jars for 2 - 3 weeks.  So here goes my first attempt:

7-cup sweet
Payathamaavu/Ulundamaavu urundai
Panjiri (My sister special)

Savouries?  Not sure.  maybe ribbon pakoda.

A tale of two biscottis

What do you give to someone who has everything?  Perhaps your time, attention and effort?  Biscottis fit the bill exactly.  Now, I used to be the biscotti making queen in my MS days in UT Austin;  I had modified a recipe found in a cook book (this was way before food blogs became so prolific online), adding lemon and orange zests, fine semolina etc... But unfortunately, I have not written down the recipe anywhere so I have to start from scratch.  I went to joy of baking website and took their best biscotti recipe and ran into trouble immediately.  The batter wouldn't come together when I did everything described.  I had to rework the recipe to finally get something in the oven.  here is my modified recipe.

1 cup (145 grams) mixed nuts, I used almonds, cashews and walnuts1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder1/8 teaspoon salt2 cups (260 grams) organic chapathi flour3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar4 brown eggs (recipe called for 3)1/2 cup milk (recipe didnt call for …