Monday, 27 October 2008
I am not sure what these biscuits are called in English but in Malay, they are known as ‘SEMPERIT’. It’s a traditional biscuit and used to be very popular in Malaysia and Singapore but I believe that the introduction of more ‘exotic’ cookies has waned its popularity. I however still enjoy them as they melt in your mouth when you eat them. I guess it’s to do with the custard and corn flour.
This is my mum’s recipe and I had to ‘trial’ the measurements as they were in ‘tins’ and ‘packets’. Try figuring out what a tin of corn flour and butter weighed 20 years ago! Anyway, the cookies came out perfect, as you can see below. Here’s the recipe.
200g caster sugar
300g corn flour
100g custard powder
100g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla
Glazed cherries or sultanas – chopped, for decoration
Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced). Line baking trays with paper or grease lightly with butter. Set aside.
Beat the butter and the sugar until creamy. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Continue beating until well combined. Add in the vanilla. Beat well.
Sift and combined the flours and using a spoon, mix into the butter mixture, to form‘pressable’ dough.
Now comes the tricky part. Fill a cookies press and press out to desired shapes. Top with cherries. You MAY need to adjust your mixture here. If the dough is too hard, add tea spoon full of butter , and mix to get the desired consistency. If the dough is too soft, add a spoonful of flour until you get the desired results.
Bake for 12 to 13 mins.