Thursday, 15 May 2014

My lovely guests- Whole Wheat Anzac Cookies

Today I am very happy because today I have a special guest here.. Yes, I started guest post and the first post from my lovely friend Rafeeda, this is exactly makes me real glad. Rafeeda who blogs at "The Big sweet tooth", is a multi talented lady she is a good cook, a lovely working mom, moreover she is a good writer.  Her every post begins with good intro, every day she will be having something to share with us, sometime is with valuable quotes or with cute conversations of her kids. I truly look up to her. Even though she is a busy working mom, she finds time to post recipes regularly and participating every event. When I decided to start guest post the first name came in my mind is her name because I really wished a good start and I was very much sure that she will never say No.

She is expert in baking so you must check her all cakes and cookies recipes. Here she shares one yummy Whole wheat cookies recipe. It looks crunchy and very yummy. From this recipe you will definitely get an idea about her baking talent. Thank you so much dear for this yummy recipe and thank you for your wishes and prayer

I forgot to say she is very good in biriyanis and nonveg preparation. I tried one of her chicken recipe Shinwari karahi it was really yummy my husband loved it. 



Let her talk:)
I am so glad to be here on my dearest friend, Resna’s space. She has already guest posted in my blog with her yummy Pidi Payasam and it was during this time I created a rapport with her. It always feels nice to meet people through blogs, who we may not know personally but just the interaction makes you feel that you have known them for ages. Her Pidi Payasam was her 100th blog post, and despite not being well during that time, she hastily finished her last few posts, so that she could have her 100th post as the guest post for my blog! Now this time, she wanted me to be the first guest to be featured on her blog, and seriously, I am feeling so honored that mine is the first name that came to her mind! JazakAllah khairan Resna… I am so overwhelmed… I only pray that Allah gives you barakah in whatever you undertake… 

Oh… forgot to introduce myself! My name is Rafeeda, and I blog at “The Big Sweet Tooth”. Just like Resna, I am also a working mother, and have two little daughters who ensure that the time I get with them is fully utilized! I take to cooking as a stress buster after a hectic day in traffic and work, and the joy I get from cooking and feeding is immense! I love Resna’s blog for all the “naadan vibhavangal” that she shares, and I have lost count of the bookmarks from her blog, really… hehe…

I was wondering what to give Resna and the choice was really difficult. After a lot of contemplation, I thought I would give her something baked, as I find she is slowly starting to try a little bit of baked stuff and thought, why not I contribute something to that list. Then I remembered those addictive cookies that I had baked some time ago. Normally I am lazy with baking cookies. I really do not know why! My girls are big fans of biscuits and it is something that is always there in our pantry. Whenever they want to munch on something, they always ask for biscuits. Still, it is a pity that I do not bake them much – making me a lazy ummi altogether!

The cookies that I am going to share with you are called Anzac cookies, which basically originated from Australia and New Zealand. If you would like to read more of the history of these cookies, then you can read them here. Filled with the goodness of oats and coconut, nothing can go wrong with this. They are crunchy and taste delicious when dunk in milk, even better than Oreo!!! What if they are made with wholewheat? Nothing can beat the health aspect then… These did not stay in my pantry for more than two days, the kids and the adults loved it so much that two days on the table for chai and they were wiped out! Off to how I made them…



Whole Wheat Anzac Cookies
Makes approximately 12 cookies
Recipe adapted from here

Ingredients:

120 gm instant oats
100 gm wholewheat flour
25 gm unsweetened dessicated coconut
75 gm sugar
100 gm butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp baking soda

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a cookie sheet and set aside.

Combine the oats, flour, coconut and sugar in a bowl.

Melt butter on low flame till lightly browned. Switch off the flame. Add the golden syrup and mix. Dilute the soda in 2 tbsp water and splash into the butter. You will start seeing bubbles coming.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine well. Take out scoops and put on the cookie sheet, giving 2 inch space between each cookies for expanding. Press slightly on the top.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes till golden brown. The cookie may still be soft when out of the oven but it tends to harden when cool.

Notes:

1. I ran out of dessicated coconut while making these, so added only what is mentioned above. If you love the coconut taste (which I do, being a Keralite!), you can add upto 75 gm.
2. You can use rolled oats instead of the instant oats.
3. The sweetness is really mild. Add more sugar if required, but not too much as the golden syrup is sweet as well.
4. If making small cookies, bake upto 15 minutes but if the size of cookies is bigger, then bake for another additional 3 minutes.


I hope Resna, you have liked this post as much as I loved doing this post for you. I sincerely appreciate your kind gesture and hope that my guest post as the first on your blog will lead you many more beautiful posts in the future. Wish you all the very best in your future blogging and life, dear…
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