When we were growing up, Mom fed us only home-cooked food, as she strongly believed that it was was the best and food from the restaraunts was not hygenic at all and it really was'nt:) So, she went out of her way and even made home made snacks to keep us from feeling deprived of the outside food. We are all grown up now, and still hold the we ate as kids, close to heart. One thing that we all love till today are these utterly, butterly, melt-in-the mouth sweet treats made with a dough of flour, sugar and butter. It takes the least amount of time and can be stored in airtight containers for upto two weeks.
all purpose flour-4 cups
butter-3/4 of a stick (at room temperature)
baking powder-1 tsp
water-1cup plus if needed
Method: In a sauce pan, bring water to a boil and quickly stir in the sugar and make sure it dissolves completely. Turn off the stove and let it cool a little bit. Mix all the dry ingredients and sift a couple times and set aside. Pour 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker and turn up the heat. Put the flour mixture in a container with a tight fitting lid and place the container in the pressure cooker on a steaming basket or stand and close the pressure cooker and cook until you hear two whistles. This way the flour gets steamed without getting wet and loses its elasticity. Turn off the stove, let the pressure settle down completely. Remove the container carefully and once it cools off a little bit, mix in the butter into the flour mixture until you get a crumbly mixture. Now, slowly start pouring the sugar syrup and knead until you get a stiff and pliable dough. Let is rest for half an hour. Heat oil in a frying pan. Roll the dough it into a big disc, of a 1/2 inch thickness, on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes (mine are cut into diamond shapes). Fry the little goodies in hot oil until they turn into a beautiful golden brown in color. Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel and serve. Enjoy!