Here , I am posting a recipe from a country which was in the same continent as mine. This was the first recipe I tried from Korean cuisine . Koreans eat rice in most of their meals similar as south Indians.
Well , I became a die hard fan for the Korean dramas these days. My desire to cook recipes from this cuisine was in my mind for a long time. I came through many of the recipes , though I find this cookie is easy to make . Will try to post many recipes from this cuisine in future. I say this cookie was shown in the drama Sunkywanan scandal , where the heroine goes to market to buy snacks for her family , they showed this cookies.
Maejakgwa is a Korean treaditional cookie. It is a variety of hahngwa or Korean traditional confection , consisting of wheat flour , vegetable oil , ginger juice and pine nuts. It is sliced thinly and slit , then flipped over after squeezing one end into the slit . the cookies are then fried in oil , coated with sugar syrup and sprinkled with pine nuts and cinnamon powder.
Maejakgwa gets its name from its shape , which is similar to a sparrow ( Jak ) in an apricot ( Maehwa) tree .
The ingredients are simple yet the flavor and taste are superub. This cookie is very crunchy.
For Cookie :
All purpose flour – 2 cup
Salt – ½ tsp
Sugar – 1 Tbs
Ginger grated / juice – 1 Tbs
Water – ½ cup
Oil for frying
For sugar syrup :
Sugar – ½ cup
Water – ½ cup
For topping :
In a large bowl , add the flour , ginger grated , salt , sugar and mix well.
Add in half cup of water and knead well for about 20 minutes.
Place this cookie dough in a plastic bag and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Take the dough and roll it out with the rolling pin into a rectangular shape ( about 50 cm x 40 cm and 2 mm or 1/16 inch thick ).
Cut the sheet of cookie dough into little 2 cm x 6 cm rectangles.
Heat oil in a wok or frying pan , fry the cookies till golden brown.
Place all fried cookies on absorbent paper to absorb excess oil.
Making of sugar syrup :
In a pan , add the sugar and water together and bring to boil in low heat for 20 minutes.
The syrup must reduced to half or till one string consistency.
Now , place the cookies in a large bowl , add this sugar syrup and toss gently , so the syrup coats on each cookies.
Sprinkle cinnamon powder and chopped pinenuts on top.