One of my first chats on emerging out of cocoon of anonymous blogger was Nisa Homey. You do know Nisa right? She blogs at Cooking is Easy that she says” happened in March 2010” and she does make it look easy!!
Let me tell you a bit about her, as she is my guest in this series today!
Nisa is pronounced as Nisha which is means night. She is a law graduate but a stay at home mom to her very cute kids Nidhi and Cheriyan and of course here very supportive husband. Nisa was born and brought up in the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum. She now lives in Calicut (Kozhikode), Kerala.
Nisa is passionate about cooking and believes that cooking should be easy and fun. Fun part she believes can come when you know the exact details of a recipe. Nisa claims that she does not have the patience to read a long recipe (so also me Nisa I just skip, skip and skip into a mess) so Nisa makes her recipes as simple as possible. The best part is she has a pictorial. 😉
To quote Nisa,” I hate to make cakes with expensive imported chocolate…so my cookies and cakes are mostly with Cadbury’s cocoa powder. I mostly cook with the spices that are available locally. …I am wary of expensive chocolate…I think food should be accessible….”
What you see at Nisa place is mostly everyday food, traditional Kerala food, cakes, cookies, bread. Traditional recipes are of course from her mom and mom-in law, aunts, sis-in-laws, cousins, and some are Nisa own inventions.
Now with all this don’t you think Nisa must have featured somewhere someplace? She has so do check these links out…
Nisa’s personal favourite on her blog isChocolate crinkles (mine too) and the most visited is Chicken Butter Masala do check it out girls… I am sure we will have plenty more coming from Nisa as she plans to blog as long as she cooks!
Now enough of my blah, blah lets get down to Nisa recipe today, which I am sure you have guessed is a bake…
So here she is, ladies, in her own words Nisa of Cooking is Easy with her
Hi everyone I am Nisa Homey from Cooking Is Easy and it is so wonderful to be on Mad Scientist’s Kitchen today! I was really excited when Archana asked me to do a guest post for her…my first guest post…so naturally more excited than ever. Since Archana favored a baking recipe, I immediately started thinking of making some fun twists to making some cherry cookies. Just the other day, while visiting the local bakery I bought some cherries on an impulse without thinking what I will make with it….for just Rs 20/ INR….some 50 gm or so….once I reached home I looked at the cherries and they back at me for I don’t know how long….and thus these cherry cookies were born in my oven in my tiny weeny kitchen.
I decided to chop up the cherries with the help of my food processor and was eager to see how my cookies will turn out to be….
The cookies turned out to be crunchy…..and kids loved this ruby studded cookies….
This is my basic butter cookies recipe…the egg yolk is a must, do not skip it……you can also try other variations like adding chocolate chips, nuts, tutti frutti……and Elsy, if you are reading this thank you for giving me this recipe.
So lets get baking!
Flour: 200 gm.
Butter: 100 gm/1 stick.
Powdered Sugar: 100 gm.
Baking powder: 1/4 tsp.
Egg yolk: 1.
Vanilla essence: 1 tsp.
Cherries: 150 gm.
Butter should be at room temperature. Cream butter with a whisk to make it soften. Add powdered sugar and cream well.
Add the egg yolk and cream again. Add vanilla essence, mix.
Add the sifted flour and baking powder and mix well. Use your hands to gather the dough.
I chopped the cherries in my food processor.
Love the colour contrast.
Simply knead with hand to bring the dough together.
I love butter paper they are a life saver for me….roll the dough into small rounds and place them on top of butter paper two inch apart. And bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degree C for 20 min or until the sides have slightly browned and center is still soft to touch.
Or if you like to be really crunchy can bake for another 5 to 10 min.
Baked and ready!!
Store in air tight containers….it will keep for 2 weeks…
Yes Nisa they will keep if we let them stay in the container!! Thanks a lot dear I love these cookies.
Here are my links t the first two in this series
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