Leaf cookies

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Leaf cookies – ye zi bing

These are lotus paste cookies that are great as snacks. The leaf shape adds an interesting touch, making this perfect for entertaining guests before or after a meal.

Ingredients

Makes about 25 cookies
– Lotus paste 200 g (7 oz)
– Egg yolk 1, beaten
– Golden syrup or honey for glazin

Pastry
– Planta margarine 100 g (31/2 oz)
– Icing (confectioner’s) sugar 35 g (11/4 oz)
– Egg 1
– Hong Kong flour 200 g (7 oz)
– Colouring 1–2 drops, or as desired

Instructions

Step 1: 
Prepare pastry. Mix margarine and sugar until well incorporated. Mix in egg. Add fl our, followed by colouring. Knead until a smooth dough forms. Leave dough to rest for 10 minutes.

Step 2: 
Divide dough into 25 portions. On a floured surface, fl atten each portion by hand until about 0.5 cm (1/4 in) thick.

Step 3: 
Preheat oven to 200˚C (400˚F).

Step 4: 
Wrap lotus paste inside each dough portion and mould into a teardrop
shape.

Step 5: 
Lightly fl atten each teardrop until it is in the shape of a leaf.

Step 6: 
Impress lines to resemble veins on each leaf. Gently pinch the bottom while making a few light dents along the edges to resemble the jagged sides of a leaf.

Step 7: 
Brush over with egg yolk before baking for 8 minutes, until cookies have browned.

Step 8: 
Glaze cookies with golden syrup or honey and serve immediately.

Food: Leaf cookies

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