Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Almond Biscuits ~ 'Hung Yan Paeng' ~ CNY 2011

Sokehah Cheah | 11:02 AM | | |



This is one goodie that I never fail to make for Chinese New Year ...... Almond Biscuits ~ 'Hung Yan Paeng'.  Although the ingredients are few and simple, yet the end product is just marvellous, crunchy and aromatic.






These crunchy goodies are a hit among my siblings and  family members, each year.

Ingredients
  • 250 gm nibbed almonds, slightly roasted
  • 400 gm plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 200 gm cornflour
  • 250 gm icing sugar, sieved
  • 300 to 400 ml cooking oil
  • 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
  • Egg glaze + a tinge of salt for glazing
Method
  1. Sift the flour together with the baking powder , salt and bicarbonate of soda. Also mix in the cornflour. Add in the lightly toasted nibbed almonds .  Sift in the icing sugar.  Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Add in oil sparingly, mix thoroughly till dough doesn't stick to the hands.
  3. Cover and let dough rest for 30 mins.
  4. Roll into small balls, do not flatten.
  5. Place balls of dough, 1 inch apart on a lightly greased or paper lined baking tray.
  6. Apply egg glaze.
  7. Bake in preheated oven @ 180 deg C for about 20 to 25 mins, or till golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on tray for about 5 mins. before removing them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Once cooled, store in  an air-tight cookie jar.


16 comments:

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  1. Cheah this is my favorite too!! very pretty!

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  2. They look so cute!!
    These are my favorite! Have to make them this year :)

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  3. wa you are a fast worker...back and already baking away and I have not even started baking :) Good one..almond cookies mmmyummyumm

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  4. This looks lovely n melt in the mouth. :)

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  5. Hi Cheah, looks so delicious. I think I'm gonna make this too. Just a quick question, am I supposed to grind the almond to fine powder and mix together with the flour? THanks for sharing the recipe

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  6. time is running short, i have yet to bake any CNY cookies, hopefully i can try this nice cookie in next week after i moved into my new home.

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  7. j3ss kitch3n, Jess and Tracie
    Thanks so much.

    Elin
    CNY is just round the corner, just made a little only. Those on sale are sooo expensive, think prices have increased compared to last year.

    hanushi
    Yes, they melt in the mouth.

    dinewithleny
    No, it's not almond meal. They're finely chopped, so you can bite into the nuts and the icing sugar gives it the melt in the mouth effect. Ooops forgot to say that the almonds are mixed into the flour. Thanks, have edited the post.

    Sonia
    Each year comes and goes so fast. Hope you can start your baking once you're settled in your new house.

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  8. Recipe's rather similiar to traditional peanut cookies hoh?
    I think I can't stop munching on these. kekeke.

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  9. Oooh.....these almond cookies look very delicious. I'm bookmarking this to try. Love all the almonds there...must be crunchy. Thanks very much for sharing. Any more cookies coming?

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  10. I am tempted to make these this year.... and also the shrimp rolls. Now I just need to find time or can you send some over :P

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  11. Your cookies look so nice Cheah, I must try baking some for myself soon but I am not feeling very well so better don't start yet.

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  12. These cookies look so delicious. Just want to grab one from my computer screen and bite. Ops!

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  13. Wendy
    More less the same except I used nibbed almonds and they're not so fine.

    MaryMoh
    This is very easy to make, you won't fail!

    Penny
    If you were in M'sia, then can deliver to you, ha, ha!

    Jeannie
    Yup, this weather is killing. Better not embark on baking when you're not well.

    Zoe
    It's also a hit when my daughter's friends come a calling during CNY!

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  14. Auntie,
    I made a big batch again for CNY this year, and gave them away to friends. They loved it very much! One small problem that I encountered was that the pre-baked almond balls flattened really quickly while I was rolling the rest of the batch. Did I add a little too much oil?

    Aleena

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    1. I think so, maybe the oil made the dough too soft. I've never experienced this before. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

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