Monday, May 31, 2010

Moroccan Spice Cookies

As a part of my rendition of La France, my pièce montée or Croquembouche showed different aspects of La France. Morocco and France go a long way, the former being known as one of the largest emigration countries. From the 30 million Moroccan population, 2 million of Moroccan descent live in Western Europe and France hosts approximately 1 million Moroccans (not counting those of Moroccan descent).
The Moroccan (Maghreb) influence is quite prominent in France, their cuisine being one of the finest and most cherished here. Personally I think they are some of the warmest communities I have come across.
So as a tribute to the lovely country, I picked up some of their essential spices and thought of making a cookie based on these spices!
These are very easy sugar cookies, really very very simple to make, the recipe follows herein:

 1 cup flour
1 tbsps spice mix: Saffron, Paprika, Cinnamon, Cumin, White Pepper, and cardamom
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsps milk

* Sift together: flour + spices + salt - set aside.
* Beater butter and sugar till creamy and light.
* Add egg and milk, beat well.
* Stir in flour, mix well. Knead softly into a dough.
* Cover the dough with cling wrap, refridgerate for 1 hour.
* Preheat oven to 180° C.
* On a floured platform, roll out the dough to a thickness you like.
Cut into desired shapes and bake for 10 minutes. Do not brown the cookies!

To get the effect of my cookies, simply decorate the cookies with an icing of your choice, the base colour will be the final shade, so choose accordingly. Then dip the cookies in a pool of coloured sugar and let to dry.. yumm yumm yumm :)

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