I had long forgotten how Amma used to make nor did I wanted to try a new recipe. When I got my new Microwave Convectional oven, I got to see this recipe being done as a demo. It was wonderful to know that those battery biscuits one gets from shops could so well be done at home. Only disadvantage being it uses Vanaspati instead of Butter. When I asked Amma, she said most shops use Vanaspati instead of Butter. Vanaspati as you know is a hydrogenated vegetable fat. It is mostly used as a butter substitute.
Its been ages since I baked anything, and this really was very therapeutic. I sniffed at something in the memory and it felt like Pizzas..yes I know what is my next on the list.
Do remember to check out my favorite Dal Rice for Kids
Place each pressed ball on the tray
Biscuits getting baked towards the end of the 15 minutes.
Allow the biscuits to cool
Bakery Biscuits in Microwave Convectional Oven.
Makes - 20 small ones
All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
Icing Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanaspati - 75 gms
Vanilla essence few drops
Method to prepare:
In a bowl, shift the flour with icing sugar well. Add the vanilla essence and mix.
Then slowly mix in the vanaspati. This needs to be done with small quantity and you need to keep rubbing it to get that crumble texture.
Press the Convection mode in your Microwave, increase the temperature to 185 degree. The time duration for pre heat is taken care automatically by the mw oven.
Keep kneading in the dough and continue till you get a dough that is soft yet stays in shape. Pinch out small balls and press between your palms to form a small circles.
Else you can also make balls and roll them to the thickness you prefer and cut with a biscuit cutter.
I simply pinched out balls and pressed them before placing them on the tray. You need not grease the tray as the biscuits will let out oil during the baking process.
Once you have placed all the biscuits on the tray and the timer on the pre heat goes out, place the tray inside the mw oven and bake for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, you can let it rest for few minutes inside the oven. Then remove and allow it to cool before storing it in an air tight container.
With 1 cup of flour, I was able to make 1 batch, but if you want to make more, remove the biscuits on to the wire rack and bake the second batch.
Enjoy! Next on the list will be a savory biscuit.