These old fashioned cookies are from my childhood. My mom believed they were healthy so we ate them throughout the year. They are simple to make and delicious to eat. Everybody loves them.
Oats and coconut cookies
1 c butter
3 tbsp honey
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tbsp milk
1 c flour
4 c oats
3 c dessicated coconut
11/2 c sugar
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease a baking tin, 30x35cm with butter and and line with brown paper.
Mix the flour, oats, coconut, sugar and salt.
Melt the butter and sugar . Add the milk and bicarbote of soda.
Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Press the mixture into the greased baking tin and bake for about 25 minutes until the top is golden brown. Cut into squares while warm and leave to cool beofre removing the squares from the baking tin.
Christmas in our house starts on 1 December. We play some christmas music while decorating the tree and finish off with a nice dinner en famille.
I am participating in an art project for the month – Everyday in May. And today’s theme is cupcakes. I decided to post it here on Myfenchkitchen as well, seeing that cupcakes are food as well(of course!). I can eat anything carrot…raw, cooked, soup, juice, salad… and cake. Combine it with poppyseeds, lemon juice, and yoghurt and it turns out quite satisfactory, very satisfactory in fact.
EDITED: I forgot to add the carrots to the recipe! Add 1 large, or 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated to the mixture and mix lightly. Don’t overmix.
Pincée de fleur de sel:
Add chopped olives to the mixture and top with goats cheese.
Use a vanilla yoghurt instead of natural yoghurt for a slightly sweet taste.
Top with whipped cream cheese with chives or top with a creamy goat’s cheese.
Since childhood I have loved my mother’s coffee cookies. We always baked them for Christmas. These little sablés are good too and much less work than the real old coffee cookie Maman used to make. And..they come with a Parisian flavour! What could be better? Come Noël, we will revert back to Maman’s old fashioned Christmas coffee cookie.
Pincée de fleur de sel:
Keep some sabléssingle, without being sandwiched together. They will be crispier and perfect for dipping into some coffee or tea.
Replace the ground almonds with plain flour if you so prefer.
Instead of the TBSP of strong coffee, add a TBSP of instant coffee powder if you have it available.
Replace the coffee in the icing sugar with some milk and flavour with vanilla essence for a contrast in flavours, or add cacao to taste for a mocca cookie.
The icing sugar can be added to a cookie simply with a knife but a piping bag makes for a neat filling.
The dough on the pastry mat. Be sure to always work with flour under your pastry to prevent sticking.
Using a piping bag makes for neat cookies, but still with a home made feel..and of course taste!
My Parisian umbrella always goes with me to Paris. A little bit of a cliché it is, but I love it. It depicts a typical Parisian street scene in winter(of course). a year or so back, I had my beautiful friend pose for me with the umbrella. She is the epitome of Parisian elegance, even though she doesn’t live there anymore.
So, with these petits sablés and une ravissante Parisienne, peeking from behind her umbrella, I hope I could give you just a little taste of Paris for today.
I love sablés. with coffee or tea or on their own. You can’t go wrong with having sablés in your pantry/cookie tin. These round Scottish shortbread bring back happy memories, especially baked in these rounds and broken into triangles. Hope you like them too..
Pincée de sel:
It can also be baked as squares, by rolling/pressing into a rectangular pan and cut into squares.
Piercing with a fork is tradition.
Try adding fresh thyme leaves or the tiny flowers(no hard stems) to the dough before rolling.
Try adding lavender flowers to the dough. (Be careful, as lavender can be very powerful.
..pinching a scolloped edge with the fingers, piercing with a fork and scoring into segments..
..sprinkle with castor sugar..
Recipe adapted from Cuisiner! 280 recettes: Larousse
A great film for other movie lovers like me…even though it isn’t weekend yet. Keep this film in mind. I am not sure whether it is available in English or with subtitles, but it is truly a great film with great acting, great script, great directing.