17 June, 2017
Linzer cookies for Canada day
Oh, you have no idea how excited I am. Linzer cookies and I go a long, long way. It feels like yesterday though. ‘Will you lick the jam first or bite into it?’ Us sisters as young girls, carefree, innocent, bubbly gathered around this beautiful biscuit box with cherub faces painted on the outside in a small town in India. The Linzer cookies with red, orange jams in the middle shining like jewel. For us it was ‘jam biscuit’,
The Food Bloggers of Canada, calls out for recipes every month. When I read the theme was for ‘Canada Day’ this time, I wanted to do something special. You can see about my adventures from previous years here and here. Our beautiful country Canada is turning 150 this year which is extra special.
What can be more appropriate than our red maple leaf? Proudly flying in our flag, this is a symbol that binds us all together. We come from countries with sand dunes or blue ocean, high mountains or green meadows, we look and talk different, but the Maple leaf unites us all. Unity in diversity.
As soon as I saw this tiny Maple leaf cookie cutter, I instantly knew it will be Linzer cookies. Honestly aren’t these cute?
I adapted the recipe from ‘Ina Garten’, the Barefoot Contessa, switched the plain flour to a ‘Multigrain flour’.
And voila, there it was.
One bite and I could almost hear the girly giggles from the past.
Then and now.
Jam biscuits and Linzer cookies.
Recipe: Made 18
Unsalted butter 1/2 lbs
Granulated sugar 2/3 cups
Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp
Multigrain flour 21/3 cup
Salt a pinch
Raspberry jam 1/2 cup
Icing sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 280 degrees F.
Mix the sugar and butter at room temperature with an electric beater in low speed. Add the vanilla while beating.
In a separate bowl sift the flour and salt together. Add this to the above mixture in instalments. As soon as it all comes together flatten it into a disc on a floured surface, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Roll it into 1/4 inch thick, cut out rounds 1.9 inches ( about 5 cms ). Use the maple leaf cutter in the middle of half of those rounds. Sit them in an ungreased baking tray and chill for 15 minutes.
Bake the cookies for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges start to brown. Let them cool. Put about half a teaspoon raspberry jam on the flat side of the solid cookies and dust icing sugar on the cutout cookies.
Gently seat the cutout cookies on top of the solid ones such that the jam is in the middle.
I got the Deep brand Multigrain flour from Walmart. It contains Wheat, Soyabean, Oat, Ragi, Barley, Jowar, Chana dal and Psyllium husk.
Ragi is Finger millet. Jowar is Sorghum.