Monday, 10 March 2008

Vanilla Kipferin

One of The Lovely Wife's favourite cookbooks comes from Malaysia's very own celebrity Chef. Say goodbye to Jamie Oliver, wave away Nigella Lawson (even if she IS wearing a slinky nightgown...) and say hello to Wan Ismail better known as Chef Wan!

I like Chef Wan as well. His cooking shows are a hoot to watch! He has a great personality while he talks a mile a minute. His recipes are also rather good in that (so far at least), they have all turned out well with a minimum of fuss.

So enough about my plug on Chef Wan, this post is really about the Vanilla Kipferin's that The Lovely Wife baked some time ago - for Christmas actually!

These lovely cookies are cruncy, nutty goodness and the crescent shape gives it some added 'personality'. Huh? Biscuits with personality?? I think you know what I mean. Apparently these biscuits are popular in Austria and Switzerland - especially at Christmas time. Also, it appears that because of their shape, they are sometimes known as Moon Crescent biscuits. Somehow, that doesnt surprise me!

The recipe comes from Chef Wan's Sweet Treats and goes like this:.

210g all purpose flour
70g ground almods
50g castor sugar
180g cold, unsalted butter, vut into small pieces
2 egg yolks
icing sugar for dusting

1. Combine flour, almonds and sugar in a bowl. Cut in cold butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add egg yolks and from the dough into a ball. Chill for an hour
2. Roll the dough into marbles by hand then form into crescents. Bake at 180C for about 8 minutes or till golden.

Dust with icing sugar.

Very pretty biscuits and very tasty too! The kids helped out with shaping the biscuits and had a lot of fun doing it. Nothing better for wholesome family fun than cooking and baking in the kitchen - although this time, I readily admit, the fun was had without me!!


Peter M said...

Dharm, us Greeks have cookies like these...called Kourabiedes!

Amazing how many cusines overlap.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those looks really good - they are like Italian wedding knots - kinda...

Bellini Valli said...

Don't just save these little gems for Christmas Dharm...have them all year round:D

marye said...

Mm..these look good...Need a cup of coffee... :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

YUM...have seen something similar in my baking book; vanilla crescents! These look scrumptious...put the coffee on!!


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