Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bakar Khani ~ Sweet Puff Pastry Biscuits from Pakistan


I love cookery books, not only do I like cooking from them but I like reading them from cover to cover. I admire the beautiful photos and imagine the author creating all the wonderful dishes in far away places. I own many recipe books but my most favorite ones are those that tell a story and take you back to the roots.

Mountain Berries & Desert Spice by Sumayya Usmani is one book that I totally fell in love with even before I had opened the front page. I loved the beautiful bold orange and pink cover with a paisley intricate flowery design. I immediately wanted to touch the book and peer at what it contained.

When I  looked at the book, I can say I was totally thrilled with the content. The book has recipes that are inspired from the Hunza Valley to the Arabian Sea. The book has authentic Pakistani sweet and dessert recipes using amazing spices and Eastern flavours. The desserts are very lavish and beautifully captured.


Included in the book is a chapter explaining all the authentic ingredients used in the recipes which is extremely helpful for those who are creating the recipes for the first time and are new to the ingredients. The book takes you on a sweet and aromatic journey through mouth watering desserts.


There are so many recipes that I want to make from the book such as the Pakistani Jalebis which are crunchy spirals dipped in a sugar syrup. The Qawwami Seviyan, a roasted vermicelli topped with nuts and Bakar Khani which is a sweet puff pastry biscuit. I finally started with the Bakar Khani, you can see my recreation below which was made with a few minor changes from the original recipe .



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Bakar Khani (Sweet Puff Pastry Biscuits)
Sweet Puff Pastry Biscuits with nuts and poppy seeds
Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet (320 g) Ready to Roll Puff Pastry
  • 2 tablespoons Caster Sugar
  • 60 g Pistachio, almonds and cashew nuts (coarsely ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F 2. In bowl add the nuts, cardamom powder and sugar and mix together well.3. On a lightly floured surface unroll the puff pastry and smooth it out.4. Brush the pastry with the melted butter and sprinkle the chopped nut mixture on top.5. Roll up the pastry from the long side and make a swiss roll shape.Secure the end by pressing the pastry down with your finger, so that the biscuits don't unravel whilst cooking.6. Cut the pastry swiss roll into 1 cm thick rounds and place them on a grease baking tray.7. Using your fingers apply pressure to the outer edges of the discs to flatten them slightly to thin them so that when baking the centre of the biscuit rises to form a dome shape.8. Brush the biscuits with some milk using a brush and sprinkle them with poppy seeds. 9. Bake in a pre heated oven for 18-20 minutes, until the biscuits are a light golden brown in colour. 
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16

The original recipe did not have nuts in it , that was my personal addition. The Bakar Khani, turned out delicious and they were really flaky and delicious served with a cup of strong Arabic coffee. You can store them in an airtight container for up to a week.


I totally loved the book and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes Eastern desserts.

Book Details :
Mountain Berries & Desert Spice Book  by Sumayya Usmani
ISBN978-0-7112-3852-7
Retails  £20.00

My score for the book: 14/15 this is a high score but the book is definitely worthy of it.

Content -5/5
Illustrations-5/5
Recipe Instructions-4/5

 I was sent a copy of the book to review as always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

50 comments:

  1. These look wonderful! Simple and tasty! :)

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  2. Wow... these look awesome !
    Bookmarking the recipe.

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  3. We LOVE basked goods in our house. I will have to give this a try. Looks really good.

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  4. i love cashews! i feel like they aren't used as much as they should be in western baking, but they should be. love how flaky these look (:

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  5. This cookery book looks and sounds amazing. I love spicy biscuits made using puff pastry and these sweet nutty ones look delicious.

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  6. These biscuits sounds delicious, very easy and fuss free recipe!

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  7. Oh these biscuits sound lovely, I bet the nuts give it a lovely flavouring x

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  8. Yum, these look delicious, I could happily give them a try. Thanks, Mich x

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  9. looks so yummy! i want to try it also!

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  10. I love cookbooks with beautiful illustration; it gives me an idea what to aim for... no pictures, no cooking for me

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  11. This is a recipe I will want to try out. Very easy steps and yummy looking biscuits!

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  12. These look gorgeous I have never had any sweet puff pastry before but these seems to be a great and easy enough recipe

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  13. I have never tried to make puff pastries before, but I have seen them done on television. They really seem tour to make!

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  14. Ooh, I would love to try these! Looks like a super-light biscuit! I usually pass because biscuits are so heavy!

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  15. These cookies look and sound amazing. I would love these with a pot of tea

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  16. I'm usually useless with baking but these don't seem too difficult to make!

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  17. Ooo these look delicious, we'll definitely have to give Making them a go x

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  18. I love deserts like Gulab Jaman and rasmalai so the bakar khani looks delicious, especially as I am a fan of Eastern deserts. What would you compare the taste to? x

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  19. I bet these are great with coffee! OMG I need some right now!

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  20. Although I"d stick to the original recipe and make mine without nuts...these sound like the perfect addition to a few cups of arabic coffee!

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  21. Wow! I love cream puffs and I wanna try making my own. Glad I came over your recipe. I hope I can perfectly do it too!

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  22. I love cookery books, this sounds like a fantastic one.

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  23. It looks yum! I love pastry puffs. I wish I could taste that kind of puffs too.

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  24. These look absolutely scrumptious. Would love to try this recipe.

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  25. You have caught my attention at pistachio, almonds and cashew. I can't believe how easy it is to make these delicious biscuits. It's always handy when you can use already made puff pastry.

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  26. I'm not normally a fan of cookbooks but this once looks so pretty!

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  27. I will bookmark this recipe it sounds so tasty and easy to cook!

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  28. Omg those look absolutely delicious! I don't eat sweets that much but I would want to try a bite of this one!

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  29. I love creating meals using puff pastry . I usually make savoury meals with it but now you have given me a new reason to use it. I love almonds so this recipe really appeals to me.

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  30. How beautifully you've explained us these pastry biscuits. So finally this is my first Pakistani recipe. Top class and delicious...
    Thanks

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  31. These sound so delicious. Sweet puff patries are so dang good. I never tried this variation though, wouold be intresetsted in making them.

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  32. my family loves cardamon --even in these special teas - but can you still make that without the nuts? or it needs to be replaced with another ingredient?

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    1. The original recipe in the book was made without nuts so you can omit them and just sprinkle the pastry with brown sugar and cinnamon / cardammon to give sweetness.

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  33. This one looks so yummy..will definitely try!

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  34. Eastern desserts are the best! I grew up in komotini, greece which is a truly multicultural place, I got to taste a few eastern recipes and let me tell you they are addicting! The book looks so lavish I need this one!

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  35. These sweet puff pastry looks really good. I was reading through the recipe list and the cooking procedure and I think I can successfully bake these treats at home. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. That only takes 40 minutes to make? That's impressive. It looks absolutely divine and the setting is beautiful!

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  37. I never knew that some recipe books have storyline or something more than just recipes. Got to know something new!

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  38. These look like a delicious dessert to end a meal!

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  39. As a food blogger, I have a deep love for cookbooks and am always on the lookout for inspiration. Especially those that offer flavors or recipes that I might not normally try. Mountain Berries & Desert Spice sounds like one I should definitely add to my collection. I haven't tried any recipes native to Pakistan and it would be fun to give some a try! x

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  40. I'm a big fan of cookery books too. These biscuits look so different, I bet they taste amazing too!

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  41. WoW. This look amazing. Thanks for sharing This tasty recipe

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  44. Those biscuits look amazing! Wanna try them asap...and also your pictures are stunning :)

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  45. How clever! These look easy enough that maybe even I can make this. The cookbook looks like a winner to me:) Thanks for sharing this!

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  46. These are so sweet the way you made the rise up in the center. They sound delicious too!

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  47. These look lovely and beautifully spiced!

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  48. I find eastern desserts very sweet but irresistable

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