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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pistachio and Rose Biscuits~ sugar free



Pistachio and rose a match made in heaven. These delicious biscuits are not only pretty to look at they are totally sugar free. The sugar added to them is the Natvia sugar which is plant based and made from the stevia plant. Its 100 % natural with no artificial colours or flavorings, its low in carbs, tooth friendly and fructose free too with no bitter after taste.



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Pistachio and Rose Biscuits
Delicious pistachio biscuits with a lovely rose scented icing.
Ingredients:
  • 480g / 16oz Plain flour
  • 240g / 8oz Salted butter at room temperature
  • 240g / 8oz Natvia natural sugar
  • 90g / 3oz Pistachio
  • 1 level teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
  • 60 ml Milk
  • For the icing:
  • 2-3 drops Pink food colouring
  • 90g /3 oz Natvia Icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Rose Essence
  • 1 -2 teaspoons water( as required)
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 350 degrees F2.In the mixing bowl add the softened butter and natvia sugar and cream it together. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the milk little at a time and form a dough. Cover and leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes.3.Thinly slice the pistachios and reserve a third for garnish.4. Add the remaining 2/3 of pistachio slices to the dough and knead them in.5. Dust some flour on the surface and roll out the biscuits to 5mm thickness. Cut out the biscuits to the desired shape and transfer them to baking trays.Repeat for all the dough.6.Bake the biscuits in the preheated oven for 10 -15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.7. In a bowl add the Natvia icing sugar, add the pink food colouring and the rose essence and a few drops of water to make a thick icing.8. Lay the biscuits on tray and drizzle some pink rose icing onto each biscuit, alternatively fill a piping bag with the rose icing and drizzle some lines of icing on the biscuits. In the center garnish with a few pistachio slices.9.Leave the icing to set before eating.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 48 biscuits





I was sent samples on the Natvia sugars to try , all the views and opinions in this post are my own. I found that the baking sugar was really good and worked well in the recipe, however the icing sugar formed a very grainy icing and it was difficult to pipe with it so I don't think it would be suitable for a big icing project although it was ok for small cookies and icing cupcakes. We also tried the sugar in tea, coffee and cereal, the sugars tasted fine and we did not get any after tastes so they are a perfect substitution for recipes that require sugar.We will definitely make the change to this healthy sugar.






I also made a peach Frappe and used natvia sugar to sweeten it you can see the recipe here.


Round Up ~Lets Cook for Easter


Thankyou to everyone who participated in this event and  sent in all the lovely entries.
Here is the round up:


Friday, 1 May 2015

Kachumber- Gujarati Salad


In all Gujarati households there is always some form of condiment or salad that accompanies the main meal. Kachumber  is a simple salad made with shredded cabbage, tomatoes, coriander and green chillies tossed in lemon juice, salt and a pinch of chilli powder.























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Kachumber Salad
A simple tangy and spicy cabbage and tomato salad.
Ingredients:
  • 120g / 4oz Green Cabbage
  • 10 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 sprig Fresh Coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Method:
1. Wash the cabbage and shred it very finely. Put the cabbage in a bowl.2.Wash the cherry tomatoes and half them and add them to the bowl.3. Slice the chilli, remove the seeds and membrane and cut it into small pieces and add it to the bowl.4. Finely chop the coriander and add it to the bowl.5. Add the lemon juice, salt and chilli powder and toss the salad together.6. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl.
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Prep time: Cook time: NoneTotal time: Yield: 2 servings


Announcing event Lets Cook with Peas


For the month of May , I am going to run the event using the humble veg peas. Inviting all foodies to create vegetarian (eggs allowed) recipes with peas and link them here.


To Participate:

1.Prepare a dish vegetarian dish  (eggs allowed) please link your dish using the linky below by entering your Dish Name and Post URL
2.Please link this event announcement with your entry, this is mandatory.
3.Use of logo is  not mandatory but it helps to spread the word if you can post it..
4. Multiple entries are allowed, archived are only allowed if reposted and updated with this event link.
4. In the event of problem using linky you can email me the entry at simplysensationalfood@gmail.com

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