A Very Happy New Year !! Phew I blinked it was 2018 and I blink again and we have reached 2019.
A lot has happened over this last year or rather I should say over the last year and a half ! Blogging took a back seat.
Little M came into our lives.....and everything around us changed. From Chocolate Mousse with Jack Daniels to making baby food like steamed carrots and khichdi..... suddenly cooking for me was a learning all over again !! From going for late night movies to sitting at home and enacting stories with muppets was fun in its own way. I realised motherhood took over completely when while working in the kitchen, rather than humming my favourite songs, I had 'wheels of the bus go round-n-round' stuck in my head !! Like really !! This was happening to me ??
I've had moments when I've wondered whoever said motherhood was a bliss was stoned on marijuana or was an outright sadist !!! But then again when the munchkin speaks a new word or learns a new step or discovers a new movement or giggles her most infectious giggle it all seems to just make all the sense in the world !!
We are now settling in, I'm now getting the hang (mind it only the hang) of the new role and getting back to being my old self again !! Thankfully for me, little M has a sweet tooth and loves her cakes and cookies (what more does a baker want !!!)
So nothing better than celebrating the new year with some home made cookies....
Whole Wheat Cookies
Whole Wheat flour -1 cup
Wheat Bran - 1/2 cup
Baking powder -1 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Cold unsalted butter -150 grams
Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Milk - 2 tbsp
1. Sieve together wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
2. Now add the brand and whisk the dry ingredients together.
3. Preheat the oven at 180 degree C for 10 minutes.
4. Grease baking tray with a little butter or oil.
5. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the wheat flour mix.
6. Mix well with your fingers until butter blends well with the flour and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This is a very important step. Add the sugar and vanilla essence and mix well with your fingers.
7. Now add milk (only as much as you need to make a dough) and make a smooth dough. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes.
8. Dust the rolling board with flour, then roll out the dough evenly, approximately half centimetre in thickness. Roll it into a rectangle and cut out equal sized squares using a knife.
9. Arrange them on the greased baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove when the aroma rises and the cookies look golden in colour.
10. When you remove them from the oven, they may appear a little soft. This is perfectly fine. Cool them on the wire rack and they will crisp up.
Enjoy with a hot cuppa tea or coffee or just dunk them in milk :-)
Happy Baking !!