This week’s theme at the Blogging Marathon is tea time snacks. This reminds me of this awesome samosa kachori shop in Bangalore which was very close home. Usually the husband would walk to the store around 4 pm during weekends and get fresh and hot kachoris (for me) and samosas (for him) and we would have those with tea. I miss that shop and the owner who was one of the few people in Bangalore who spoke to me in Hindi and we would spend time chatting whenever I went there much to the husband’s dismay because he cannot understand why people need to talk to each other.
Now that we are in a non-samosa kachori place, it falls to my lot to come up with tea time snacks. I, as always, try to minimize work, vessels used and calories, in that order. I saw this particular recipe in a cookbook I bought in Kuala Lumpur. It has easy baking recipes for simple dishes like carrot cake, etc. This recipe is very easy but not so good on the calorie front. But, one cant have everything, everytime, right?
So here goes –
WHAT WE NEED
Butter 60 gms
Cream cheese 60 gms (softened to room temperature)
Salt ½ tsp
Pepper ½ – 1 tsp
All purpose flour 180 gms’
Baking powder 1 tsp
WHAT TO DO
- Preheat the oven to 175 C
- Cream butter and cheese
- Beat in the egg and add salt and pepper
- Sift in the flour and baking powder
- Combine to form a soft dough
- On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough and cut into strips.
- Hold one end of the strip in each hand and twist in opposite directions to form a spiral shaped strip
- Place on an ungreased baking tray and press the ends lightly on the tray
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or till golden
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool
- Store in an air tight container and enjoy it with tea!
- The original recipe suggests using white pepper powder. I did not have it and so used garlic pepper. It gave an additional flavour and was good.
- On cutting the dough into strips, you could cut the strips into halves which would make smaller ropes which are easier to handle and eat.
- Makes yummy finger food for toddlers. Mine has been gobbling them up like there is no tomorrow.