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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

HEART RAISIN POCKETS FOR A COOKIE CARNIVAL





 


It was time to go to bed....close my eyes.....put on a DO NOT DISTURB board around my neck....coz if somebody  wakes me by mistake ,nobody will be able to sleep........specially if am high on laughter.....

 

And about to step into dreamland but my mind wanders to a cookie store instead.....yeah jus 2 cookies left in my little tin and i dont wanna run outa cookies.....

Ofcourse i wont run outa cookies...   how can i?



After all there's the Cookie carnival and my second month here ....and has a wonderful new host.....  

TAMI from TAMI"S KITCHEN has taken over this month to keep the carnival going ,doing us all a favour....

KATE from CLEAN PLATE CLUB   had it going strong all this while.....




And these cookies head right through for dear FAITH n BRANDY's ALL THRU THE YEAR CHEER FOR EASTER.....
Am loving to be a part and wanted to churn out muc more that am able to...but have a small leg injury and it sure has slowed me down a bit:-)))





And the recipe for this months so so so good...not the type i might wanna give a miss...no way.....



And if u have home dried Raisins ,topped with loads of mothers love ....oh then u jus cant miss this one.....




Yeah these are RAISINS,HOME DRIED ONE'S ,by mommy dear...took many days of basking in the hot afternoon sun on our back sit out...with warm lite winds too and here i was.......

LOVE THIS PIC SO MUC,SCROLL DOWN TO NEXT PICS TO SEE WHY......
DOESNT THE SPARKLE LOOK LIKE UR FAV DIAMONDS???


An amazingly fantastic recipe jus for the SPECIAL Raisins......



 
Ingredients

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

    * 1 2/3 cups raisins
    * 1/2 cup water
    * 1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
    * 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour(didn add this-it came together pretty well)
    * 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
    * 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * 2 tsps vanilla extract(i added a whole vanilla bean)







Directions

   1. Combine the raisins, water, sugar, flour, lemon zest, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid is absorbed, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor. Process until smooth. Refrigerate filling until cool and thickened slightly, about 1 hour.


LOVE HOW THE CAM CATCHES THE SPARKLE ON THE RAISINS OF THE REFLECTING SUN.......THESE ARE THE RAISINS AFTER SIMMERING,JUS BEFORE GRINDIN 'EM SMOOTH........


DELICIOUS YUMMY NOTES

oH this is a delicious jammy raisin delight and with home dried raisins.......aww ...perfect......







THE COOKIE ADAPTED FROM THE OVENS OF MARTHA STEWART

Ingredients

Makes about 30 cookies

    * 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    * 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


    * 1 cup granulated sugar(half icing sugar and half granulated sugar)
    * 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    * 1 large egg
    * 2 tablespoons whole milk yogurt
    * 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    * 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, or more to taste


    * Raisin Filling for Heart Pockets, or 1 1/2 cups lekvar (prune paste)
    * Confectioners' sugar, for dusting





Directions

   1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.


   2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the granulated sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, yogurt, vanilla, and lemon zest, and beat to incorporate. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture, beating until combined.


   3. Divide dough into quarters. Place each quarter between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Roll out dough 1/8-inch-thick. Stack packages of dough on a baking sheet and refrigerate until chilled about 1 hour (or freeze for 30 minutes).


   4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats.


   5. Remove one package of dough from refrigerator. Remove top piece of parchment, and then gently pat back into place. Flip entire package over, and peel off and discard second piece of parchment. Using a 3 1/2-inch heart cutter, cut out 15 cookies and place half of them on a prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 inch between cookies.



   6. Place a generous tablespoon of filling in the center of the hearts on the baking sheet. Spread filling leaving a 1/4-inch border. Top with remaining hearts. Use the tines of a fork, to decoratively press the pocket edges together. Re-roll and chill any remaining dough scraps. Repeat process until all the dough and filling is used. If at any time dough becomes too soft to work with, return to refrigerator until chilled.


   7. Bake until golden around the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Rotate pans once after 7 minutes to ensure even baking. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.





DELICIOUS DAYS NOTES & TIPS....

~~~I actually ran outa ap flour (whew!!!) for this one and realized midway so had no option but to reduce the amount of baking powder and soda and 2/3 rd of the cup was self raising flour.....
Actually i did need a wee bit more flour to bring it all together.

~~~i always roll cookies between 2 sheets parchment or butter paper but i love this here even better coz u roll out to a desired thickness and then refrigerate it-works real well and saves a lot of time...

~~~Now for the first batch of cookies ,i think i rolled it a little thicker ,though if u did take a scale,it would scale to 1/8 inch...stick to this if u like a soft cookie with a crisp outer...

~~~in the picture it looks like it s muc thinner sos jus do what u normally would....





~~~love the filling and it takes almost 2tbh for a size like this..

~~~would have loved to try pinwheels in this but the idea struck only once all the cookies were sitting pretty in the oven:-(((

~~~Honestly they are super and i drizzled 'em with a buttery cookie glaze ,some sprinkle 


~~~Was supposed to get 30,so maybe 15 sandwhich cookies but got 9 with 7 little hearts with strawberry jam.......





And am sure am going to try this again soon with dates and figs in place of raisins.....Also reminds me of my new found love -RUGELACH.....

so may be apricots would work really well too.....




HELP................YELP....................HELP.............

AND LEMME END ASKING U HAPPY PALS FOR HELP- MY NEW POSTS AINT UPDATING IN BLOGGER LISTS NOR IN FEED BURNER ,I TRIED EVERYTHING POSSIBLE,PINGED AAND RESYNC ET ALL...BUT MY POST SHOWS AN OLD POST AND HASNT BEEN UPDATING FOR THE LAST 3 POSTS.....ANY IDEA .....HELP.......


Till then enjoy Mickey Mouse eating a cookie at COOKIE CARNIVAL........






61 comments:

  1. I swear, those raisins do not look real! You're right, they look like a necklace! Amazing!

    Now about those pocket cookies! They are so sweet looking. I adore your decorations, especially the little pink roses!

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  2. Scrumptious cookies, I love the raisin filling! And so beautifully decorated!

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  3. These are just beautiful inside and out!

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  4. Gorgeous! The filling looks really yummy! Love the idea!
    I'm sorry, dear. But I don't know how to solve your problem with google. But you could search and answer on Google, or write to it.
    I hope you can find a solution for it.

    Greetings.

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  5. They are so cute! Very creative.

    To answer your question about the blog feed - I don't know why sometimes it doesn't update. Sometimes it just lags and catches up later - other times it is because the blogger has changed the feed settings on their blog.

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  6. Seeing your message in my inbox this morning absolutely made my day! Thanks so much sweetie. You are tempting me so much with this surprise...

    These cookies look AMAZING! All the better because you used home-dried raisins. Which is SO COOL. I wish I could be there to bit into them!

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  7. BARBARA- oh sweets ,u always have a sweet word for me .....
    yeah i fell in love with the sparkle of the raisins too and these cookies are so super-loved the recipe myself...... and yeah me to loved the pinky flowers so did mom....

    5STAR FOODIE - thanx so muc sweets-loved the cookies too

    CHEF AIMEE- thanx for the sweet compliment!!

    TALITHA- cant get thru ur blog to thank u for ur super -make -my -day words.
    yeah am googling like crazy to sort my prob to no avail yet :-)))

    NATASHYA- thanx dear and about the blog-am so hoping its like what u say and fixes itself soonnnnnnnn .....
    more than a week now and that makes me so sad :-(((((
    didn know that blogger chages the feed settings-my rss feed shows upto date content on their html page though!!!!!

    JOANNE- oh was so so glad to leave u that message and shall keep leaving tidbits-like a treasure hunt-till ur final suprise dear...and so do hope u enjoy it coz have it with my heart...

    Oh would love for u to be here to bite into these cookies and mommy already sun bathing some more grapes on the way to becoming raisins for me"-)))

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  8. So pretty and so creative! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  9. Scrumptious cookies, I love the raisin filling! And so beautifully photographed...Visit us whenever time permits...c u soon.

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  10. hi. Thanks for dropping by. Yes dear I have been facing problem with my feeds surely and was wondering what should I do..
    You have a very sweet blog and I am impressed with your photography skills. Will love visiting ur space. Do drop by whenever time permits
    http://cooking-goodfood.blogspot.com

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  11. These cookies are so cute and sweet:D

    I am not very good with computers, so I am probably not much help when it comes to blogger issues - sorry!

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  12. Everything looks and sounds delicious. The raisin filling is really wonderful. Have a great day. Mary

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  13. j'aime beaucoup ces petits biscuits fourrés.
    Ils semblent délicieux.

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  14. I LOVE!!! filled cookies and I always have raisins in the pantry. What a sweet idea making them heart shape. Just like you sweet and filled with LOVE!!!
    Geri

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  15. These are the cutest cookies ever!

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  16. Oh darlin, I'm so glad I stopped by today! I wondered what had happened to you because your posts have not been showing up in my blog feeder. :-( I don't know how to fix it, but I hope you find out soon. I miss your cheery self and wonderful photos. :-) I LOVE these cookies! So pretty and delicious. :-)

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  17. MARTHA- thnx a ton and love dhopping by...

    A 2 Z VEGGIE- Already hopped by and u have a wonderful blog...

    PARI-Hullo Pari, yeah bur checked and ur feed seems to be working now-But left ya a few tips on ur blog too-maybe they'll help ya....

    KIM- thanx Kim...and hope my prob does fix soon....

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  18. MARY- Thanx a ton sweety dear.....

    SAVEURS-thanx so so muc....

    GERI-Oh sweety-u make my day....

    CAKELAW-thanx a cute ton...

    RAMBLING TART-Sorry,missed leaving u a note on ur last few posts coz the internet was a bit sluggish and was ggogling away for my prob-but i did stop by....
    Thanx for hoppin by today- u make me smile as always u enthrall me with ur pics and food and posts too....

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  19. We love hearts in my household! Looks yummy!

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  20. CAKEBRAIN- Oh how sweet -we love hearts here too....thanx a ton

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  21. You're such a sweetheart! Those heart cookies look amazing. You better send me a dozen of these. Beautiful job! Bravo....

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  22. ces petits biscuits sont une pure gourmandise j'aurais aimé en croquer un pour le savourer
    bonne journée

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  23. those cookies sure look divine, Mia! But as usual, all of your work is so pretty and well-decorated :) I have never had home dried raisins but now I want to! I am sorry that the feed issue is still going on, everything seems right atleast on the outside, hopefully you hear something from support soon.

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  24. Gorgeous and scrumptious cookies!! cookie are really tempting and yummy..wonderful job done..

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    Cheers,

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  29. Your cookies look beautiful! Unfortunately, I didn't have time to make these this month but am looking forward to the mint bars for March. Thanks for joining the Carnival with us!

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