Here’s a recipe I learnt more than a decade ago and finally tried for Diwali this year. Pista Badam Biscuits are those typical melt-in the mouth kinda Indianised cookies loaded with nuts and with a hint of saffron, sold commonly at local Indian bakeries.
The recipe is off my bakery journal from my IHM days. I prepared the biscuits during one of my third year practicals and since then have been a fan. However, I have always craved for the biscuits and quickly bought them but never made them. This year I don’t know what motivated me to dig out the journal from one of my cartons kept in the loft and try it for Diwali. I thoroughly enjoyed baking the cookies and thinking about the lost days of college life, especially the ones spent sweating out in the kitchen.
Pista Badam Biscuits
3 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon ghee
5 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoon milkmaid
1 cup flour (maida)
1/4th tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/4th teaspoon saffron strands or yellow colour
½ teaspoon pista essence
Slivered almonds and pistas, for garnish
Step 1 – Whisk butter, ghee, sugar, milkmaid, cardamom powder, yellow colour, pista essence together well.
Step 2 – Add flour and mix well.
Step 3 – Bind together, to form dough. Refrigerate for 30minutes if the dough is too soft to roll.
Step 4 – Roll and cut into a shape of your choice. Place on baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 25min.
Top with slivered almonds and pistas.
Till then, Love Being a Mommy!