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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Homemade Go (ld) Fish !





Hi Guys !!!

My littlest one Loves her Cookies !! Gold Fish Favorite !!!!



While I keep them away from the sweet ones, I let them have salty cheese (flavored) crackers now and then, so they do not indulge in school snacks (Which we all should know, are the lowest quality foods, so they can afford them for thousands of kids in their school).


So, first i tried to understand what she really likes about the gold fish, and of course !

It's the SHAPE, COLOR, CHEESY flavor !... Crunchiness... All of it !! (By the way, this knowledge came after various failed attempts before this :) So, it's not like my child is the most excellent communicator in the world.. sigh.. We have our learning curves to work up to ! :)


So, next was to MAP these requirements, into 'REAL' FOOD !!!! (Vs. the artificial flavorings, the companies manufacture in LABS..)

FOOD is MADE in the KITCHEN, with REAL HANDS, & REAL FOOD !!!!

HANDS DOWN. No OTHER SAY ABOUT THAT. 


So, without further delay, here is the recipe I came up with to woo my little one, and it worked :) 


Note:
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* It's loosely based on Indian Mathri recipe made during festival of Diwali. But it's whole grain, veggie powered, and NOT FRIED 😏 ! *


















Homemade Gold Fish Crackers ! (a la nourishingmom)

Author: 
Serves: Many 😋


INGREDIENTS

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DRY:
  • Sprouted Spelt Flour - 1 cup 
  • Carrom seeds - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1.5 to 2 tsp (Gives the yellow color, and flavor :) and fights inflammation :) )
  • Pepper - a pinch
  • Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tsp (For color, flavor and digestive aid ;) )
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Nutritional yeast - 1 tbsp
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp aluminium free Baking Powder.
WET:
  • 1/3 sweet potato steamed (Cut whole sweet potato into 3 parts, and then steam for 8 mins, leave on stove to cool. use remaining for Celery soup, or add to a green bean saute :) )
  • 1/2 lime - squeezed 
  • Homemade Kefir / sour yogurt - 2 tsp
  • Coconut oil.
  • Fish Cookie Cutters. I used these


INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Preheat Oven to 325F.
2. Combine all dry ingredients except the baking powder. Mix lightly with hands.
3. Grind up the cooled sweet potato (with / without skin: Ur choice). 
    Add Lemon and grind into smooth paste.
4. Add paste into dry ingredients, and mix to form a dough.  Add kefir 1 tsp at a time. 
5. Lubricate hands with coconut oil, add 2 tsp coconut oil to the dough, and then knead dough well with full force. It should be FIRM. Not LOOSE.
6. Roll out dusting with some sprouted spelt flour. Keep it 1/4 inch thick  
    (Not too thick or thin) if you want them to rise. 
    Note: The thinner, the crunchier. Too thin will Brown too much, Too Thick will soften over 
              time: do not want either !
7. Cut out fish shapes using 1 of the chosen sizes. Cut all same size ones for a given batch.     Else the smaller ones will brown out faster.
8. Line a stainless steel coated cookie pan with wax paper, and place the fish cut outs.
9. If Medium size cutter: Bake for 10 mins on either sides. Smaller 7 mins. And larger 
    probably 12 to 13 mins (watch for browning !)
10. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 mins. Then store in air-tight container away from 
      kiddie eyes :) 

note:
As each oven internally maintains a different temperature than it says it is :) You may have a trial and error experience the 1st time around since these cookies are small. So, once you have the time right for your particular oven, and rack position and baking dish: Note it and Stick to it!












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