Sunday, 31 March 2013

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies and Shortbread Cookies. I used a traditional shortbread recipe, and then doubled the mixture to make a chocolate chip version. Shortbread are my favourite biscuit and they couldn't be easier to bake at home.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Plain Flour
2. Cornflour 
3. Butter
4. Caster Sugar
5. Milk Chocolate Chips

Bismillah, let's begin!

Place 8 ounces plain flour in a large bowl.

Add 4 ounces cornflour.

Stir to combine.

Add 8 ounces butter, in cubes.

Rub in with your fingertips.

Add 4 ounces caster sugar.

Stir to combine.

Place half of the mixture on to a surface.

Knead the mixture lightly until it forms a smooth dough. The warmth from your hands will bring the dough together.

Place the dough onto cling film.

Roll into a sausage shape, and wrap in the cling film. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to chill.

With the other half of the mixture ..

Add 1 bag milk chocolate chips.

Stir to combine.

Place onto a surface.

Knead lightly until it forms a smooth dough.

Place onto cling film.

Wrap in the cling film, and roll into a sausage shape. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3.
Slice the shortbread into slices.

Slice the chocolate chip shortbread into slices.

Place onto a lined baking tray.

Bake in a preheated oven at Gas Mark 3 for 35 minutes until pale golden brown.

Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

These buttery biscuits will become a firm family favourite.

They are also great packaged up as gifts for any occasion.


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Potato Hash

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for Potato Hash. I love potatoes so when I find any new way to cook them, I will try it. This dish is like a stir-fry and uses potatoes, peppers and onions. It makes a great side dish, and you could also have it at the weekend for a tasty breakfast.

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Potatoes
2. Onions
3. Butter
4. Olive Oil
5. Red Bell Pepper
6. Garlic
7. Fresh Parsley
8. Salt and Pepper

Bismillah, let's start!

Peel 5 potatoes

Slice them into small cubes.

In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 tablespoon butter.

Add the potatoes.

Stir the potatoes to make sure they are coated in oil and butter.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

While the potatoes cook, slice 1 red bell pepper into small cubes. 

Peel and slice 1 onion, into small cubes.

After 10 minutes, the potatoes should be cooked through.

Add the pepper and onion.

Stir to combine, and then flatten into one layer.

Let the potatoes, pepper and onion cook for about 15 minutes like this. Turn them occasionally so that they brown on all sides.

Finely slice 3 garlic cloves and a handful of fresh parsley. If you don't have parsley, you could use coriander or any other fresh herbs.

Add the garlic and parsley.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Stir to combine, and cook for another minute.

Serve straight away for a delicious breakfast treat!


Creamy Barfi Fudge

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

This recipe is for Creamy Barfi Fudge. Barfi is a traditional Pakistani sweet. Usually we buy it from shops, but I tried to make it at home. The taste was the same but the texture was a bit soft and more like a fudge - perfect to eat with a spoon!

A Simple List of Ingredients:

1. Sugar
2. Water
3. Butter
4. Cardamom Powder or Seeds
5. Milk Powder

Bismillah, let's start!

The measurement used for this recipe is a normal tea cup.

Take 3/4 cup sugar

Place the sugar into a pan.

Take 1/2 cup water.

Add the water to the sugar. Place the pan on a medium heat.

Add 2 ounces butter.

Bring to the boil.

Add 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder. I didn't have any so I used the seeds from 3 green cardamoms. You could crush the seeds if you want.

Add to the mixture in the pan.

Boil the mixture until a thick syrup forms.

Next, take 1 cup milk powder.

Add a little of the milk powder.

Stir to combine.

Add the rest of the milk powder.

Mix to combine.

Keep cooking it until it coats the back of a spoon.

Boil and stir the mixture continuously until it thickens and leaves the side of the pan to form a ball. 

Place the thick mixture into any dish.

Allow it to set for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.

Slice and enjoy with a cup of Pakistani tea!


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