Sometimes we need some motivation to lift our spirits and I must thanks all who motivates me either by some passing a motivational comment or by liking my post. Isn’t this amazing that this types of days give you an opportunity to change your regular day into Gratitude Day. On this special day I want to show my gratitude towards all of them.
On this special day I decided to bake a special cookie which I missed out in last month’s daring bakers’ challenge. It was Bolinhas de Coco. This was very special cookie because the procedure involved was very different from other cookies. It requires lots of steps in preparation. I didn’t want to miss this interesting recipe that’s why I decided to bake them afterwards.
Recipe adapted from My Diverse Kitchen
- 2 cups fresh grated coconut, packed
- 1 1/2 cups semolina (the coarse kind, not the flour)
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or melted unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 8 to 10 pods cardamom, powdered
Run the grated coconut in your processor or the small jar of your blender a couple of times so that the flakes are smaller and uniform in texture. Do not grind into a paste. Keep aside.
Put the semolina in a pan and toast/ roast it, over low to medium heat, until it starts giving off an aroma, and looks like it’s about to start changing color. This should take a couple of minutes. Do not brown. Transfer the semolina into a bowl and keep aside.
In the same pan, pour the water and add the sugar to it. Place it on medium heat and keep stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. Once the sugar has dissolved, keep stirring the solution and let it cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat. The sugar solution should just begin to start forming a syrup but is still watery. Do not cook until it forms a thick syrup.
Add the toasted/ roasted semolina and mix well. Then add the coconut, salt and ghee (or melted butter) and mix well. Put the pan back on the stove, and over medium heat stir the coconut mixture until it is really hot and easily forms a thick clump. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes.
Take the pan off the heat and let the semolina coconut mixture cool to room temperature. Transfer this into a bowl or container, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, ideally overnight. For really fluffy biscuits/ cookies, the overnight rest is recommended.
The next day, take the dough out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Separate the yolks from the egg whites. Lightly beat the yolks with a fork to break them and add to the dough. Also add the powdered cardamom and mix well with a wooden spoon or fork.
Whisk the egg whites by hand until frothy and add to the dough. Mix well till incorporated. You will now have slightly moist and sticky dough. Refrigerate this dough for about half an hour so it firms up a bit.
Pre-heat your oven to moderate 180 C(350F). Line your baking trays with parchment or grease them well with some ghee or melted butter.
Take the dough out and pinch off walnut sized bits of dough. The dough should be firm enough to handle without difficulty. If the dough is sticking to your palms, lightly dust your palms with flour before shaping the dough. Roll the bits of dough into balls and then flatten them very slightly.
Place the shaped dough on the baking trays leaving a little space between them. Bake in a preheated moderate oven for about 20 to 25 minutes until they’re a golden brown and done. Let them cool on the sheets for about 5 minutes and then transfer to racks to cool completely.