Sunday, 8 September 2013

Rhubarb Custard Cookies

Mmmmm rhubarb and custard is such a winning combination! My wonderful friend bought some garden fresh rhubarb over a week or so ago, and I ended up using it to create some delicious little rhubarb and custard cookies. These were really easy to make, and the only problem with them was that it was really hard to stop at just a couple!

The cookies are not super sweet, although can be made sweeter if you prefer, and have a nice tart, zesty hit with the rhubarb and lemon which is mellowed out by the addition of the custard powder. I made these gluten-free but used butter, but you could use coconut oil which I think would still work. They do have some whole-grains in them, and I added a bit of buckwheat flour to boost the nutritional profile. Ironically, buckwheat is from the same family as rhubarb which also has lots of goodies in it (great source of B vitamins as well as vitamin A and K). In saying that, these are still cookies, so best not to eat the whole batch in one sitting (although I'm pretty sure I gave it a good shot!).




Rhubarb and Custard Cookies

Gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar


Ingredients:

½ cup finely chopped rhubarb
½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup plain gluten free flour
½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup custard powder (ensure it is gluten free)
125g butter
4 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon or orange zest

Directions:

    1.     Preheat oven to 170C
    2.     Grease or line a baking tray
    3.     In a large bowl, cream butter, honey, vanilla essence and zest
    4.     In another bowl sift together flours, custard powder and baking powder
    5.     Add the combined dry ingredients to the wet mix, add rhubard and mix until well combined.
    6.     Place spoonfuls of the dough on to the baking sheet. Gently press down with the back of a fork
    7.     Bake for around 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
    8.   Cool on a wire rack

    Delicious served with a cup of tea and a good book while sitting in the warm spring sunshine!

  x