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Chewy apricot and oat cookies

September 25, 2008
Gradually the mercury has been dipping and the evenings are getting longer crisper and mildly chilly in the morning and very pleasant too may I add as the day starts to unfold. It is time to dust our woollies that have been folded and tucked away in the chest with scattered aromatic moth balls. In no time winter will start screaming loud at our doors and it gets frightfully cold here with wind chill factor dropping the temperature to below freezing point. Residing just a few meters from the yellow sea, it is windy, moist and cold. I have always been longing to stay very close to a water body even though I originally come from the coastal state of Orissa, my current home to the edge of water is only a mere 300 meters & this is so much better than having to drive 40 Km to the beach back home.

Thankfully the view from our apartment is not obstructed by any high rise building and crystal clear sea beckons me every morning with bright sunshine penetrating our balcony. Life is getting better everyday meeting new people and exploring new things. When you move to a new place it always brings with it excitement and the unexpected. Any kind of information is a boon especially in a place where the medium of communication is Greek and Latin to me! Although this is my third year and by this time I should have picked up the local language to strike a decent conversation but am sorry to say that, I am still a novice and the many tones of the Chinese language still confuse me but all I can say is that I am the better communicator in my family of three.

My neighbors are kind and their body language and expression makes me feel comfortable and warm in my new home. Catching with up own folks over a lunch or a cup of tea does make my day. It is always great to catch up with people sailing in the same boat, sharing the same views and ideas. All I can say is it is adventurous or for a choice of a more politically correct word you can call it exciting!

Well coming back to my coveted place in my den, my pots, pan and oven have stopped oscillating and very well settled as have I. I have started my usual course of baking! With my pantry of overstocked dried apricots, I had no choice than to blend it with oats for a lovely and deliciously chewy cookie. With slight tweak of adding peanuts and crushed pistachios, these cookies are crunchy and nutritious.

Adapted from a lovely website Taste.

Ingredients

½ cup whole-wheat flour

½ cup plain flour

1 1 /2 cup rolled oats

1 cup chopped dried apricots

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 table spoon golden syrup

100 grams butter

1 ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Handful of nuts crushed of your choice

Method

Mix flour, oats, apricot, sugar, and nuts in a bowl. Place the golden syrup, bicarbonate of soda and 1/4 cup (60ml) boiling water in a bowl. Stir until well combined. Set aside for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the butter.

Add the golden syrup mix to the above dry ingredients and mix it well. Set aside for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven at 160′ C and line a tray with a non stick baking paper or sheet. Roll into 1 teaspoon sized ball and gently flatten it with a spatula. Sprinkle crushed pistachios (optional) and bake it for 15 to 18 minutes or until done. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When cooled, store in an airtight container.

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24 Comments

  • Reply sowmya September 25, 2008 at 8:25 am

    btw, i wanted to know whether there is a substitute for golden syrup or corn syrup?

  • Reply sowmya September 25, 2008 at 8:25 am

    picture is awesome.. a nice recipe again…nice post!!

  • Reply Pearlsofeast September 25, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Sowmya,u can substitute honey for the golden syrup.

  • Reply Sagari September 25, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    beautiful cookies shibani

  • Reply meeso September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    These look really great and filling, perfect for after school!

  • Reply Sangeeth September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    luved ur second pic….healthy cookies will surely give it a try

  • Reply Madhavi September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Oh great pics, mouthwatering!!! Cookies looks awesome, very nice recipe!!!

  • Reply Usha September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    This looks delectable ..

  • Reply Happy cook September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Beautiful picture and love the cookies.

  • Reply Cham September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    That sounds perfect for a cold evening 🙂

  • Reply Daziano September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Well, when I first came to Québec with my Parisian-learnt-in-Paris accent I wasn’t able to understand anything! Now, I love the accent and people in France think I’m québécois!

    And let me tell you something, in Spanish you don’t say ‘it’s Greek to me’ but ‘it’s Chinese to me’… so, I’m sure you’re right!

    Nice nice recipe and gorgeous photos!

  • Reply Nirmala September 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    They look golden and crunchy! Want some for the rainy weather at Chennai 🙂

  • Reply Manggy September 26, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Aw, how much longer do you have to stay? Don’t worry, in time you will pick up everything 🙂 But if you feel a little language-sick, you can come here to Manila for a while 🙂 It’s nice, though, that your neighbors are very friendly and considerate! And I’m sure with such delicious treats coming out of your oven, it can feel like home any time!

  • Reply Priti September 26, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Looks delicious…apricot cookies…this is interesting and pics are cool..

  • Reply bee September 26, 2008 at 3:04 am

    delightful!!! i love all the flavours.

  • Reply Archy September 27, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Tempting Pic !!
    Eggless oats cookies Shall try dis soon.. Ur a super baker yaar !! Hats off !!

  • Reply Rachel September 27, 2008 at 12:33 am

    flavourful and chunky, just the way I like it

  • Reply Swati Raman Garg September 28, 2008 at 1:22 am

    wow wow wow… how r you doing fren…. you r bakingg some really nice stuffs… first that rice n lentil cake n this….. flawless pics… awesome

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  • Reply Hetal September 28, 2008 at 1:22 am

    these cookies look divine…

  • Reply Uma September 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    ooh, the cookies look so moist and delicious Shibani! Awesome recipe. Have a great sunday!

  • Reply Divya Vikram September 30, 2008 at 12:22 am

    How did I miss this post..looks absolutely gorgeous gal..

  • Reply jessie September 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Oh these look great! I love the dried apricot/oat combination! I’ll definitely be trying these out. Thanks so much. 😀

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  • Reply Aparna September 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Your cookies look fabulous. I don’t think there’s much else I can say.
    Sorry I’ve been missing for a while.:)
    I understand that difference in inflections/ tone makes all the differenc in meaning. So it might take time to catch the nuances.

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