Makes 24 cookies. Total cooking time, 30 minutes.
Exploring some of the grains popular on the continent and devising up new ways to enjoy them as flavour and texture enhancers in other contexts and not using them as the major ingredient in a dish or creation. These cookies can be coated in either teff, maize, millet or sorghum individually or in whatever combination you'd like.
1/2 cup butter, cubed and softened at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/8 cups self-raising flour
3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 table spoons dried grain of choice (teff, maize and millet don't have to be pre-cooked , but with sorghum make sure you thoroughly boil your grain until it's almost overcooked).
Optional: 1 tablespoon warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
1. Cream the sugar and softened butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and cream for another 2 minutes or so making sure to scrape all the dough on the sides down into the mixture.
3. Sift in the remaining dry ingredients and stir well until just combined. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or clingfilm and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4. While your dough rests, pre-heat your oven to 180°C and prepare your dough coating blend of choice. There is a lot of room to play around here so freestyle based on your tastes. Here are a few starting points
- maize and ginger blend,1/4 cup sugar, tablespoon ginger, 3 tablespoons maize meal
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons teff
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons overcooked and paper towel-dried sorghum