A show and some almond crisps…

by Sunita on December 12, 2007

The show was over…they came, went up to the stage, and they performed. Looking at them and seeing them so confidently strutting their stuff is indeed comforting. Moreover, it is nice to see the look and smile on their faces when they come out and look into the audience to catch a glimpse of those familiar faces of their family. So who am I talking about? Well, Rengoni and Agastya , of course. All their ({well, our’s as well…didn’t we have to go through all those constant rehearsals at home !!:-D } hard work finally paid off and they managed to pull off their parts of the show without a hitch.

Watching younger children perform is an altogether difference experience…they are always so relaxed…not image conscious at all. For how would you explain their shouting out to their parents and starting to play with their friends and giggle , while on the stage. And all those little mishaps…a mask coming off, one tripping on the other, a few forgetting the lines and still smiling. There was also a technical hitch as the music system refused to co- operate during a dance performance by some little girls from the lower classes…but they remained unaffected by it all, standing elegantly in their beautiful outfits and as soon as it was fixed, they got back into the rhythm…really amazing how such little girls managed to keep their poise in all the commotion. As for my two…she recited her lines to perfection and he skipped round and sang happily…so that’s over and done with till next year.

Now, I made these almond crisps some time back.

The biscuits were really simple to make and crisp and not overtly sweet. Here’s how I made them…

What’s needed-

1 and 1/2 cup of almonds and a few extra
1 egg
5 tblsp of icing sugar ( add more if you want it sweeter)
1 tsp baking powder
a few drops of vanilla essence

How to-

  1. Grind the 1 and 1/2 C of almonds coarsely in a food processor and cut the rest into slivers.
  2. Beat the egg and add it along with the baking powder and vanilla to the ground almonds and blend them till everything comes together ( but not for too long).
  3. Place the mixture on a damp cling film, wrap it up and freeze it for an hour.
  4. Pre heat the oven at 160 deg cel, gas mark 4.
  5. Line a baking tray.
  6. Place small balls of the mixture ( makes about 28-30) on the lined baking tray , a little apart from each other and flatten them gently with the back of a fork.
  7. Press some almond slivers on the top.
  8. Bake in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes or till golden.
  9. Cool on the tray for a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

That’s it…nice and crisp biscuits ready to be devoured ! Enjoy!!!

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 RAKS KITCHEN December 12, 2007 at 4:17 pm

That looks so crispy indeed and lovely photography!


2 Happy cook December 12, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Nice and crispy i will have them any time of the day looks wonderful.
Sunita i havee tagged u for weirdest meme. Do it if u’ve time.


3 remya December 12, 2007 at 6:24 pm

crispy n crunchy cookies…grt for holidays….looks perfect


4 KALVA December 12, 2007 at 6:26 pm

Simply Superb!! Awesome pictures.. Nice recipe Sunitha..


5 Deborah December 12, 2007 at 6:31 pm

I was in a few school productions when I was younger – it is interesting that when you are younger, you aren’t as image conscious. I would be scared to death to be on stage now!!

These cookies look and sound amazing!


6 click December 12, 2007 at 6:43 pm

doesn’t ‘biscuit’ sound better than ‘cookie’? i think it does. beautiful biscuits.


7 Rajitha December 12, 2007 at 7:27 pm

glad ur kids had fun and no stage fright ;) ..those cookies do look crispy..would love to dunk them in coffee


8 Laavanya December 12, 2007 at 8:57 pm

I love crispy cookies.. This is such a neat recipe Sunita. Bookmarked to try.


9 Shilpa December 12, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Wow…looks like its raining almonds in foodblogs :) . Superb picture Sunita


10 sunita December 12, 2007 at 10:52 pm

raks kitchen, thanks..they were crispy indeed.


11 sunita December 12, 2007 at 10:53 pm

happycook, thanks….as for the tag, will try to take it up some time…


12 sunita December 12, 2007 at 10:54 pm

kalva, thanks…its a very simple recipe recipe and we really enjoyed them.


13 sunita December 12, 2007 at 10:55 pm

deborah, that was exactly what I felt yesterday…glad you like the cookies.


14 sunita December 12, 2007 at 10:57 pm

click,well, I like the sound of both of them, if you don’t mind :-D


15 sunita December 12, 2007 at 10:59 pm

rajitha, well, I think most kids are like that :-) …we did love those biscuits…dunk them in coffee as much as you want…I wouldn’t know, for I don’t drink tea or coffee (weird, ha?!!!):-D


16 sunita December 12, 2007 at 11:00 pm

laavanya, do give it a try…


17 sunita December 12, 2007 at 11:02 pm

shilpa, hold on to your umbrella :-D DD …glad you dropped by :-D


18 Richa December 12, 2007 at 11:08 pm

almonds galore, crisps look so yummy, sunita!


19 Cynthia December 12, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Ummm, these look good Sis. Did I tell you how much I like the new header?


20 sunita December 13, 2007 at 12:22 am

richa, the more the merrier :-D …we did love them.


21 sunita December 13, 2007 at 12:23 am

cynthia, thanks and no sis, you haven’t told me that yet… better late than never :-D …but seriously, I’m glad you like it.


22 Kevin December 13, 2007 at 12:43 am

Those look really good. Nice photos!


23 Namratha December 13, 2007 at 1:49 am

Glad that your kids did well Sunita,as you said, its a pleasure to watch them on stage, we indeed have a lot to learn from that! Almond crisps look gr8!


24 Rachel December 13, 2007 at 7:29 am

Hats off to teachers who teach toddlers with such patience on how to perform…

Crisps looking gorgeous just like the pics!!!


25 Sig December 13, 2007 at 8:13 am

Great pics Sunita, love almond cookies… I could imagine your little ones on stage from that description :) Glad they did great!


26 sunita December 13, 2007 at 9:02 am

kevin, thanks…nice to have you over.


27 sunita December 13, 2007 at 9:03 am

namratha, thanks…yes, it is quite a pleasure to see them put up their best.


28 sunita December 13, 2007 at 9:05 am

rachel, thanks and you’re right…it does need loads of patience to train such youngsters…


29 sunita December 13, 2007 at 9:07 am

sig, thanks…well it was nice to see all the kids putting up a great show…and their beaming faces did say that they really enjoyed themselves and were proud to show off in front of their families.


30 Patricia Scarpin December 13, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Sunita, please be a good girl and tell me you are shipping these NOW to Brazil. ;)


31 sunita December 13, 2007 at 8:25 pm

patricia, you dear girl, if only I could :-(


32 musical December 13, 2007 at 9:59 pm

Must have been a proud moment for you, Sunita! And lovely crisps to go with such a beautiful occassion. Am sure the kids would have really enjoyed this treat after all their (and your) hard-work :) .


33 DEEPA December 14, 2007 at 1:42 am

must be tasting great …i wish i could have them …..


34 Lyrical Lemongrass December 14, 2007 at 1:52 am

You have such great photos!! Gorgeous!


35 Kribha December 14, 2007 at 4:48 am

You’ve done an excellent job. I wish I could taste some rightnow. Just PERFECT.


36 SteamyKitchen December 14, 2007 at 5:06 am

I wonder if I could change the recipe to make hazelnut crisps>???


37 sunita December 14, 2007 at 12:13 pm

musical, thanks…it is indeed a heartwarming feeling…all of us adored the biscuits.


38 sunita December 14, 2007 at 12:14 pm

deepa, thanks…wish I could hand them over to you :-(


39 sunita December 14, 2007 at 12:15 pm

lyrical lemongrass, thanks…glad you dropped by :-)


40 sunita December 14, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Jaden, go ahead…glad you dropped by.


41 Pravs December 14, 2007 at 2:09 pm

I have posted almond cookies too !!
Simple cookie to make with delicious taste, right ?


42 Shankari December 14, 2007 at 2:46 pm

the almond crisps look gr8 and less sugar too..
watching kids perform is a treat


43 sagari December 14, 2007 at 6:51 pm

cookiess looks wonderfullll and those picsss hmm beautifulll


44 sunita December 14, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Pravs, loved your version as well :-)


45 sunita December 14, 2007 at 8:21 pm

shankari, thanks, and yes, going slow on the sugar :-)


46 sunita December 14, 2007 at 8:23 pm

sagari, thanks…glad you dropped by…


47 Mike of Mike's Table December 14, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Looks delicious.


48 sunita December 14, 2007 at 11:02 pm

mike,thanks…glad you stopped by…


49 Darshana January 26, 2008 at 3:39 am

Dear Sunita

Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe ….it tastes awesome.



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