Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Basic Biscuit Recipe | Bakery Biscuits | Step By Step Recipes

I am sure many of you remember those buttery biscuits that all Moms make during their kid's childhood days. I remember Amma making this on stove, then in oven, if I am not wrong, even on a makeshift oven using sand. Those perfect melt in your mouth biscuits, that look very white and smell so well. The moment you bite into it, you can feel it melting away and you have the aftermath of a wonderful sensation.

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.


These biscuits are called Venna Biscuit or Butter Biscuit in our bakery, these are white in colour and usually very soft to bite into.

For now I really won't worry this inclusion, but will surely try with exact butter measurement soon. Konda and Peddu loved this on the very first bite and have asked me to make it some 4 times now. Every time it disappears as fast as it was baked. This time round I wanted to ensure I have some left for the final pictures.

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






 Konda enjoyed her share of mixing the dough.

 You should continue to knead till you get a soft dough










 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.

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30 comments :

Simran said...

Yay! You've finally started baking :)

Priya said...

Simply gorgeous, looks prefect and feel like grabbing..

Ann said...

These look nice, and easy to prepare (is vanaspati the same as margarine?). They look like nankhatai too...!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

They looks simply great Srivalli, lovely step by step pics :)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

This sounds so simple, i luv butter biscuits and i'm gonna try this soon. Book marking it!

The Housewife said...

I love butter biscuits! :D We used to buy them after school from the canteen and polish them off…. Have to make this for my husband! Can I use crisco or butter instead of vanaspathi?

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice looking biscuits,I too love this a lot,will try this out soon :)

Apu said...

These look wonderful!!

Neha said...

thanks for sharing this..nankhatai look simply yummy

Valarmathi said...

Simple and great, looks delicious.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Easy and delicious looking cuties. Must try out.

Parita said...

Wonderful biscuits valli! bookmarked! got to try these soon!

shifa firoz said...

looks like nankatai :) or is it nankatai? in what temp did u bake it?

Roochi said...

Srivalli, Cookies look great... i searched for this recipe abt a week ago in your blog :) but u had not posted it yet. I had followed the same but used butter instead of vanaspati but it turned out brown for me... i baked it in bakeoven for 15 min.

veena krishnakumar said...

wow!!they look nice. At what temp did you bake them

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks simple and delicious..
Will soon give a try :-)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a very useful post. Looks so good. Nice recipe. Have bookmarked this recipe. Will try it for sure... YUM!

Jayashree said...

Nice, simple recipe, Valli....

s said...

this looks nice and easy!

PJ said...

Lovely biscuits Srivalli and Lil angel loves them too!!!

☆PrInCeSs NuChU☆ said...

My Mother used to make this :) in different shapes and with raisins on top :)) And we call it 'nanakathan'

sabina said...

Hi!
Thanku so much for these tasty biscuits.just now baked yeilded 22 biscuits and itz simply superb...Got some doubts.......
1.Can i add cardamom instead of vanilla...
2.How to give a chocolatey twist to the same recipe...
Thanku once again

Anonymous said...

hi, i think i've found what i was looking for... will they b ok without Baking powder?

Srivalli said...

Sabina, I thought I have replied, sorry abt the delay. Yes cardamon can be replaced and I have also made these with chocolates.

Anon Yes without baking powder also these come out well.

Anonymous said...

Make it 13minutes @ 150 Degrees and it would be perfect!

15 min @ 180 would just burn them up!

r2i said...

Wow! So tempting.. My hubby loves this one. I have a baking which I normally use for baking cookies, cakes etc. The temp I normally set for cookies is 375 f(190 c) and bake for around 12 - 15 mins. But, you mentioned 180 degrees. Is it in centigrade. Pls. Clarify. Also, have you ever tried with butter. I make these with butter and it will turn golden. I also add a good amount of Ginger and make Ginger cookies(i mostly can use brown sugar instead)..

Srivalli said...

Anon In my oven, I baked for 15 mins and it was not burnt. But then one has to keep checking to make sure that doesn't happen..thanks for the tip.

R2i Yes I baked at 180 deg C, and Yes I have posted one with butter also. Pls Spice your Life blog for pictures. I have not tried with ginger, should try sometimes..thanks

r2i said...

Hi Srivalli, Thnx for the clarification. I checked your spice your life blog and came across only nankhatai with ghee. Are you talking about that.. could you pls. share a link? Thanks.

Vidyaa

Srivalli said...

Vidyaa Check this recipe..In this I had added some vanaspati also..but I remember making it with just butter too..

http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.com/2011/01/chocolate-butter-cookies-microwave.html

SHILPY MALHOTRA said...

Dey luk amazing

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