A friend of mine, saw these cookies and said “Wow! these are like the biscuits I used to buy at Karachi Bakery, and I love them!”. I was on cloud 9, at the very comparison of my cookies with the Karachi Bakery ones 🙂
If you are familiar with Hyderabad, Karachi Bakery is sure to ring a bell. To those who don’t know, here is some info about it.
Karachi bakery is established by Khanchand Ramnani in 1952 near Mozamjahi market in Hyderabad. It is known the world over for its excellent biscuits, which include Fruit biscuits, Cashew biscuits etc. They are often carried outstation as souvenirs from Shahi Hyderabad.
The aroma of bread and biscuits, which emanates from the bakery, compels one to peep into the bakery once.
Mozamzahi Market also hosts the time tested hyderabadi favourite IceCreams – Famous ice cream parlour which is the 65 year-old ice cream parlour and has seasonal specials like mango ice creams and muskmelon ice creams.
Anyone visiting Hyderabad must not miss these, and not to mention the Hyderabadi Biryani!
Flour: 225 gms
Butter: 115 gms
Sugar: 60 gms
Egg: 1, seperated
Vannila Essence: 1/2 tsp
Lemon rind, a little
Milk, to mix, only if required
Cashewnuts: 60 gms, broken into pieces
Glazed Cherries: 30 gms
How I did it:
- Sift Flour and keep aside.
- Cream Butter till soft.
- Add Sugar, little by little, and beat till fluffy.
- Add egg yolk, essence and lemon rind to the butter mixture and beat on medium speed till well mixed.
- With the help of a clean wooden spoon or a rubber spatula, you can even use your hands if comfortable, add flour gradually and make a soft dough, do not knead it for long. (At this stage, add a little milk only if required i.e., if the dough is too stiff)
- Form small balls, and dip half in slightly beaten egg white.
- Roll in chopped nuts. Press half cherry into center of each ball.
- Put on a greased tray. Bake at 180C for 25 mins.
And the Verdict:
Crisp, soft and delicious.
Not very sweet but the cherry compensates the sweetness of the cookies.