This super easy and super fast cookie is …well, super Yummy! No butter or oil is required not even to grease the baking sheet. Yet the cookies are crisp chewy, a bit heavy yet tender – and with my recipe not too sweet either. I love them with my evening tea and sometimes with my morning coffee.
- 1 egg
- 2 cups almond flour blanched
- ½ cup raw cane sugar
- 15 raw whole almonds to top the cookie (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 F
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and cane sugar using your hand mixer’s one beater for 1-2 minutes.
Slowly add in the almond flour while continuing to blend the mix. When the dough gets too thick to move by the electric mixer, clean the beater off the dough and fold with your hands if necessary to get homogenous – and very sticky – dough.
Flatten each small ball on the palm of your hand and place it on the prepared lined baking sheet. Leave at least 1 inch space between the balls. There is no need to grease the sheet as almond flour’s natural oil is released by heat, preventing the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes until set in the center and golden brown at the bottom. Feel free to peek in for inspection by opening the oven’s door; it would not damage the baking process as it would in case of baking a cake for example.
Remove from the oven and place on a counter for 10 minutes, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack until they are completely cool.
Recently, on a hot humid days in Montreal, I was privileged to entertain a large group of my family with good food, scented shades on the porch, open heart, and most impressive of all, with homemade faloodeh Shirazi (pomegranate faloodeh in this case).
Faloodeh or paloodeh فالوده، پالوده is a refreshing iced dessert, a summer savoury, made of frozen cornstarch, water, sugar and rosewater. Like Salad Shirazi, Faloodeh Shiraz is a speciality of my old hometown Shiraz. The dessert is of course popular nationwide and is almost always made from the scratch in ice-cream stores and sold in small washable or disposable cups. In Shiarz alone faloodeh is enjoyed with few drops of either flower syrup or lime juice sprinkled on it; everywhere else people eat it with or without lime juice. Read the rest of this entry »
You might remember at least two types of meatballs I have described here: One in an older post for cabbage mixed rice , where we make very small meatballs, and the other one in a dish I called Koofteh and served with vegetables.
Today I want to share with you a very popular dish called Koofteh Tabrizi کوفته تبریزی – a rich yet tender meatball served in savoury thick tomato broth. As the name suggests the dish is a speciality of the city of Tabriz also known for its sophisticated and extremely delicious cuisine. Like the other two meatballs, the basis of Koofteh Tabrizi is a mix of ground meat, grated onions, chickpea flour, turmeric and pepper-salt. However, Koofteh Tabrizi is distinct in its taste as it is mixed with cooked rice and split peas as well as with aromatic fresh herbs; it is also different from other types of meatballs with regard to its fairly large size (here we go with Tennis ball size in order to better manage and make sure it will hold throughout the cooking process). Read the rest of this entry »
Give me a cool glass of Chia-berries mix any day of the year and I will gladly take 40 plus centigrade – like we have had in the past few days in Montreal! This is truly the ultimate summer drink – refreshing, nutritious, savory, pretty even and easy to make.
Ingredients (4-5 serving) Read the rest of this entry »
Only five days left till the Persian new year, Norooz, celebrated by some 187 million people across the globe on the first day of spring, this year on March 20th. And right now, in every Iranian’s household at least one person is quite busy (you know who that person is, right) – from shopping new cloths, to cleaning house to preparing haftsin table, tending to sabzeh and of course painting hard boiled eggs. Watch my brief video clips here here for a colorful introduction of Norooz celebration and here for a “very fast” preparation of Norooz table! Don’t forget to check out the links below for Norooz-special blogs by my friends at #PersianFoodBloggers.
From ancient time, dyeing and decorating eggs has been a significant symbol in many cultures around the world – from the Zoroastrian Norooz dating back to over 3000 years ago, to the Jewish Passover to the Christian Easter, eggs are painted in solid or multicolored often to symbolize rebirth. In my youth time, my older sisters used to dye Norooz eggs by wrapping them in color bleeding pieces of brightly colored cloths, tightly sewing them in and hard boiling them in salted water. The cooled eggs would then emerge from the wet cloths delicately colored and patterned. In my household too, we usually take the egg painting quite seriously, often going to some length to actually paint the eggs in detailed and complicated designs. Watch some of those here. Read the rest of this entry »
Sour orange نارنج also referred to as bitter orange is a variety of citrus tree native of Southeast Asia but widely used in the Middle East, parts of Europe and US. In my hometown Shiraz, almost every house with a backyard used to have a couple of sour orange trees which wore perfumed, white robe of blossoms in the spring and orange robe of fruit in early summer. The blossoms of sour orange, bahaar-e naaranj, were used to make sherbet and jams, or sundried to be mixed with loose, black tea. The fruit itself, too, has many culinary usages including for seasoning.
Here in Montreal, Iranian supermarkets carry sour orange right on time before the official spring season starts. Right on time I said because sour orange has a special spot both on our Norooz table as well as with the herbed-rice and fish that we serve on the first day of the Persian New Year, Norooz. Read the rest of this entry »