Recipe | Orange Almond Cookies
“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” ~ Gaiman.
I received two beautiful cook books, ‘The Café Spice’ and Silk Road Vegetarian’ from Tuttle publishing sometime back .
I was intrigued by the name ‘Silk road vegetarian’. I vaguely remember reading about silk route in my Geography lessons and was eager to find the connection between a ‘road’ and food.
Google and Wikipedia came to rescue and enlightened me more on the subject. The Silk road, known for the silk trade that flourished on it connected the Asian continent to Europe. It brought in the cultural diversities and also introduced the families living there with a diversity of cuisines from the regions around it.
I love cook book which take me on a culinary journey with every recipe and this cook book has all that hooked me on to it.
Dahlia Abraham-Klein, the writer of the cook book belongs to a family of Asian-Jewish heritage. She takes her reader on a culinary journey with her cultural insight and personal memories attached with every recipe in it.
‘Silk Road‘ as she writes is the storied route where both commodities and culture mingled. The book has elegant photos added with a good amount of pages dedicated to cooking tips and techniques.
The cook book is filled with richly flavored vegetarian, vegan and gluten free recipes. Recipes in this cook book have their roots in ancient village food traditions, the recipes show how cultural traditions have influenced the cuisine.
Her recipes emphasize healthy cooking with legumes and wholegrain. All the recipes are labeled to identify its vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free status.
‘The Silk Road Vegetarian’ cook book is a good read with vibrant stories from her past and some delicious vegetarian food from across the globe. I enjoyed going through every vegetarian recipe in the book and wish I could make every other recipe and post here.
Looking forward to making the Shawarma-spiced potato wedges, Sesame noodles, Persian Dill rice, Afghan Risotto, Persian Orange peel rice and a delicious dessert called Malabi from it soon.
Orange Almond Cookies
I like the flavors used in Mediterranean cookies and chose Orange Almond Cookies from the book. She has combined several cookie recipes from various regions to create this moist, yet crumbly and not-so-sweet Almond cookie.
(recipe source; Silk road – cookbook)
(make 20 cookies)
- 3 ½ tbsp. butter
- 1 ¼ cups Oats flour
- 4 tbp. Sugar
- ½ cup almond meal
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 3 tbsp. orange juice
- 1 tbsp. ground cardamom
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds
Method; I have used quick cooking oats and ground the same to get the Oats flour.
Melt butter and pour it into a medium bowl. Stir in the Oats flour, sugar, orange zest and combine together.
Pour oil, almond meal (ground almonds) and rub with your fingers to until a crumb,y mixture begins to form.
Add orange juice, coarsely ground almonds and cardamom powder and knead into a hard dough.
Refrigerate the cookie dough for abut 30 minutes.
Pre heat the oven to 175°C and grease a baking tray or line it with a butter paper.
Remove the dough from refrigerator, pinch little dough, roll into small balls and lfatten it slightly.
Place all the cookies on the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes till the base starts to turn golden brown and the edges are cracked.
Remove the baking tray from the oven and let the cookies cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar and enjoy these crunchy Orange zest almond cookies with your coffee or tea.
Thanks ‘Better Butter’ for the lovely gift of beautiful jars and the cute little cheese board!
- I baked my cookies for about 30 minutes to get the lovely brown colour.
- I didn’t have orange blossom water with me and avoided it in the recipe.
- I baked the recipe with vegetable oil.