May 9, 2010

Chocolate Sesame Cookies

The heat,the humidity,the holidays are playing havoc with my senses now.Oh ! how I love the Russian summers now.In Moscow I used to crave for Indian food ,the weather ,the people and suddenly here I am missing the colourful and pleasant  moscow summers.After nine months of bone breaking winters the russians love the bright and lovely summer and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather to the fullest.There is a buzz of activity everywhere, people everywhere....sunbathing, cycling, rollerskating, boating, just chilling out with some russian Kvass (a russian drink made from rye bread)and soaking in the summer sunshine.I used to feel energised and lively during the summers there,here in goa the humid and hot weather makes us feel dehydrated with a lethargic feeling all day long.
But then with the holidays starting Mishti plans a tea party every second day for her friends,thank god she atleast has the courtesy to ask me before inviting them,otherwise I would have gone bonkers by now.Thanks to Mishti my baking books are out from the closet now.Last week I baked some nice ,chewy chocolate cookies with sesame seeds sprinkled on it and it was a hit with the children.The recipe is adapted from Nita Mehta's Bakes and Cakes.
You Need

Plain Flour  -60 gm
Cocoa          -30 gm
Butter (softened)-75 gm
Powdered Sugar -60 gm
Vanilla extract    -1tsp
Sesame seeds(white til)-2tsp

  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  2. Add Vanilla extract and beat again.
  3. Sift flour and cocoa together.
  4. Add flour to butter and mix gently to form a soft dough.
  5. Form into balls,flatten them and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg C for 13- 15 mins( my oven took 20 mins)on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
P.S- If the dough feels too soft to form balls,keep it in the fridge but do not add any extra flour.

I am sending these cookies as my entry for Bangalore Bakers' this week's Bake-Off event.
These are some pics of our Moscow stay clicked by us during the summers.

The onset of autumn, end of summers,Monorail with the Ostankino Tv tower
A church near the Ostankino lake near our Apartment

Flowers in full bloom,kuzminki
Roadside landscaping with flowers,opposite kievski vakzal
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