November 20, 2014 by Sandhya Hariharan
I see a little twinke, a little sparke in her eyes !! The sky is dark and clear , cold and frosty as it should be in November . Boom !! Hears ZZZ ! As the curtain is gently slided , you see colorful sparks in the sky . Curiously looking , My little pumpkin S starts to run all around the house and in excitement. Dada lifts her , strokes her back, sliding her soft locks off her face and tells her its Patas ( fireworks in tamil) . She slowly grasped her newly learned word.
Ever after that whenever she heard a Boom , Bang , Bong her eyes keenly look for the loud chromatic display in the dark sky. Just as the guy fawkes day celebration went past , here in UK , we had an exemplary fireworks display in a local park. Sitting up, cosily in our bedroom, sungged in our fleece jumpers and heater s on , we witnessed a 30 minutes picturesque prismatic exhibit . An extra hug , An extra kiss and more cuddles is what we got for this grandeur celebration . The kids in the neighbour hood were already woeing as this beauty they were all witnessing was drawing to closure..
How I wish , our little kids get to be a part of the traditional Diwali celebration like we used in our childood. They would barely crave nor get high stungon hearing a #Boom # Bang !!
As parents, sometimes we feel , we are depriving our lil ones of their culture and heritage sitting afar.. Something definitely needs to be done to bridge this gap... we want them to experience, a typical celebration like we all did since childhood. A stride that needs some hard work and a lot of thinking before the next celebration , next year !
This recipe of Peanut Butter Cookies comes from my favourite book the hummingbird bakery cookbook, and the logic for making them has got nothing to do with Diwali or with celebration mood . Lol . But this is here, because of my new essential kitchen gadget, my hand mixer. I have been using my muscle power and a simple whisk in the last 6 months of my baking . Coming to the recipe, the must ingredient was crunchy peanut butter and I have used a Skipp Smooth Peanut Butter. Kids at home do not relish any abnormal texture on their tongue, so things got be smooth :) The instructions also called for a portion of light brown sugar but I have just used some caster sugar. Its not in my dictionary to go buy ingredients to make a delight. Everythings has to be home, reachable !!My personal mantra is to make things with readily available ingredients. SO invention it is !!
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time : 1 hour+
Baking Time : 14 minutes each batch
Yields: 25-28 cookies
The recipe did not call for chilling the dough. Since I have had disasters with the dough going really flat and not getting the desired result, I have chilled the dough.
You could cut the cookie dough log into equal sizes and place them as it is, or roll them in the middle of your palm and place them on the prepared tray.
Incase you have missed reading all my banausic scribbling, there are few replacements I have done to the orginal recipe in the book. I have used Smooth Peanut Butter instead of Crunchy Peanut Butter and only used caster sugar instead of a combination of light brown sugar and caster sugar as in the book.