Anise White Wine Cookies & Exciting News
Okay. I’m about to get somewhat emotional and mushy as the post progresses and the news are out in the open. I am so sorry for that. Really. But, I’m afraid it’s inevitable. And you might as well get used to it, because I have a feeling there’s some more mushiness to come in the following months. So, here we go…
There is a tiny person growing inside me and it’s making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Yes, I’m pregnant! The little one is about 7 weeks old (or young?!) and it seems to be doing just fine. And so am I. In fact, I’ve been doing extremely well. Just the thought that there is a teeny tiny little heart beating inside me is amazing and positively overwhelming. I think I may be high on pregnancy hormones. I’m so happy, it’s almost starting to freak me out. Seriously.
The fact is, we have been wanting to have a baby for a long time now. Unfortunately, we have not been able to concieve due to my health issues. We were told that it would be next to impossible for us to conceive in a natural way, and yet we somehow managed to do just that. It was a huge surprise for all of us. Life truly is mysterious.
Fortunately, the notorious morning sicknesses and food aversions are a notion unfamiliar to me. Well, at least for now. Because my eating habits already are quite healthy, my diet has not really changed that much. Oh, there’s just one
major thing. No more wine for me. But, just because I can’t drink wine doesn’t mean I can’t eat it, right? Right! Because the alcohol in wine evaporates during cooking (and baking, obviously), it is perfectly safe to enjoy a meal containg a glass (or two) of wine every once in a while.
These Italian cookies have a lovely delicate anise flavor, but their real beauty lies in the fact that you can really taste the wine too. They are like crunchy sugar cookies and are super easy to make. These cookies make a great accompaniement to a glass of wine or a cup of tea in my case.
Anise White Wine Cookies
240ml white wine
440g all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
170g granulated sugar + more for coating cookies
125ml sunflower oli + more for brushing cookies
Lightly crush anise seeds, add them to wine and let them soak for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add sugar and stir to combine.
Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the oil and wine (discard anise seeds). Stir with a wooden spoon or use your fingertips to bring the dough together. Knead a few turns.
To shape the cookies, take about a walnut sized piece of dough and roll into 8-10cm long strip. Join the edges together to form a ring and transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of dough. Brush cookies with oil and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake cookies until just lightly golden brown on the bottom, about 20-25 minutes. Let them cool and store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.