Tuesday, 7 March 2006

Nibbles For My Toddler # 1

My daughter, Mahisha, loves biscuits as her snack. I do not prefer buying commercially baked biscuits for her. So, I always bake my own little biscuits for her. I feel satisfied when I see her enjoy biting them. The last batch of biscuits has finished and she wanted more. I make sure I do not repeat the same kind of biscuits. Was wondering of what other variety to bake. Checked out my pantry and found that I have 2 packets of apricots. This time, I wanted to bake something quite similar to rock buns but a softer version. After spinning my brain for a while, came up with a new recipe. The simplest possible as I did had much time to sit on it for a few hours.

Apricot Cookies

What do we need:

1 cup plain flour
1 cup chopped apricots
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ground almond
3 tbsp apricot preserve
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence/flavouring
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

How do we do it:

First of all, soak the apricot in warm water for a while to soften it. U can also use those soft type of apricots as well. Pat dry them with kitchen towel and chop them finely.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Make a hole in the middle, add the rest of the ingredients except for the chopped apricots. With a mixer, beat for 1 minute. If u do not have a mixer, use a hand whisk and beat for 5 minutes. Now, fold in the chopped apricots.

Drop the dough by teaspoonful on a baking sheet. I did it with just half a teaspoon to make little ones. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° C for 10 - 12 minutes. This recipe yields 85 tiny little pieces.

I prefer using brown sugar to normal white sugar as the former is less sweet than the latter. I have also minimised the sugar usage as the apricot preserve and the apricots are sweet enough. Added the apricot preserve for extra apricot taste. The purpose of using the almond meal is to give the buns a fuller shape.

Mahisha likes the cookies. Well, not just her, hubby and I too love them. Looks like I will have to bake more of them again.


Mellie said...

auch du hast jetzt einen Blog? Also sowas.... tsk tsk tsk... und du hast nicht mal was gesagt. Herzliche Gluckwünsche. Es sieht fabelhaft aus. Aber nicht vergessen, deine Rezepte mit uns in NK zu teilen :P

Puspha said...

Mellie: Ja!!!! Just started some 20 days ago. Vielen dank und wilkomen bei mein Blog.
Ich vergesse nicht. Will definately post them but give me some time ok? :)

Sangeetha said...

Hi Pushpa,

I also have 20 month old toddler who is a very picky eater. could u share the recipes like these which u make especially for ur daughter ? I can use them for my son too. I am at a loss when he refuses to eat every thing offered to him.


fooDcrazEE said...

err......no deutsch spoken here...chuckle...nice mummy

Puspha said...

Sangeetha: Welcome to my blog. I too have problems feeding my 17 mths old toddler. She is also a very picky eater but she loves snacks. That is why I have to make these kind of nibbles for her. At least it fills her tummy.

Mike: Kein Deutch?? Manglish can ah? When people r speaking in a diff language, means got secret lor. Hahahahaha........:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I just discovered your blog and I find it very interesting!

By the way, those cookies look delicious...

Gruss aus der Schweiz!!!

Puspha said...

Rosa: Merci Beaucoup. Welcome to my blog.

I've been to Genève a few times & I love it.

Gruss aus Bern!

rokh said...

yum yum. the cookies look great

Kay said...

You got great bakign skills! :)

Those cookies are a beauty!

Ashwini said...

So pretty to look at, I can imagine how delicious they must be

Garam Masala said...

That looks really snackable! Very creative indeed!

sailu said...

Just the right kind of nibbles for my 3 yr old.Thanks,Pushpa for this recipe.

Annita said...

Hi Pushpa,
I've just found out your blog.And your cookies look great and yummy!!!Even I have a 19 month toddler who loves to eat variety foods.Will definitely try it out for him...Is it ok if i add you to my blogroll?

Puspha said...

Rachel: Thank u.

Kay: Thanx 4 the compliment but I'm still a learner.

Ashwini: Stop imagining & go bake it lady. :)

GM: Thanx.

Sailu: Do let me know how ur kid & u like it.

Annita: Glad that u found me. Do let me know of the outcome. Go ahead, it's is my pleasure to be in ur blogroll.

Mellie said...

pus: No prob :) But yeah, dun tell mike what we said in german, secret *psshh* hahaha..

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