November 16th, 2009

Jam Biscuits

Jam Biscuits

Recipes come in many ways. Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, word of mouth and family secrets passed down from generations. This recipe came to me written behind the packaging of a tart mould. A mould I had purchased during one of my trips abroad and was lying unused for almost 2 years. And there was this huge ripe pineapple that was waiting to be turned into jam and I thought that these biscuits were just the ticket to use up that jam.

When I read the recipe it reminded me of the custard tarts that my aunt Rekha’s cook Francis used to make. Old Francis was an expert baker and showed us his expertise in the form of biscuits, buns and tarts amidst many other baked delicacies. During one of our holidays my aunt made us children, my sister and our cousins watch Francis make some cute jam tarts. At that time I was more interested in eating rather than making them.

I wanted to make the jam tarts that Francis used to make but unfortunately my aunt misplaced her recipe notebook during one of her shifting sprees. There was no way I could replicate those until I happened to see this recipe scribbled behind my biscuit mould. I only had to replace the egg yolk.

These biscuits are very reminiscent of childhood for me and they would be great in kids snack boxes, sophisticated tea parties or any time one wants to munch into a biscuit with the goodness of jam. Also, a great way to use homemade jam.

Jam Biscuits Recipe

I have used pineapple jam here, but you can substitute any jam, say strawberry, blueberry or mixed fruit jam. Substitute the butter with vegetable margarine or vegan butter for a vegan version of the cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 100 gm (1/2 cup) butter
  • 60 gm (1/2 cup) icing sugar
  • 100 gm (3/4 cup) plain flour
  • 100 gm (3/4 cup) Vanilla custard powder
  • 30 gm (4 tbsp) corn flour or cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

In a bowl, cream butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. You can use a hand blender or hand beater to cream the butter and the sugar.

Add in the plain flour, custard flour and corn flour and mix well. Stir in the yogurt and form into a smooth, round ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to roughly 5 mm thickness. Cut with a jam biscuit or cookie mould. If you do not have one, you can use a round cookie cutter and make an impression with your thumb to fill in the jam.

Place the biscuits on a greased baking tray and fill the impressions with the jam.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180C /350F/Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes or till done.

Pineapple Jam

Ingredients:

250 gm (1 cup) Pineapple, grated

125 gm (1/2 cup) sugar

Method:

In a heavy bottomed utensil, cook the grated pineapple and sugar until thick and reaches jam consistency, about 15 minutes.

Makes about 24 biscuits

 

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  1. Simi says:

    Delicious! That Pineapple picture is a masterpiece! Absolutely Genius!

  2. Rustoo says:

    nice.. yum! Homemade (new) alternative to jim jam? ;) :)

  3. Kiran says:

    Wow I love the mould and the jam is a big winner, maybe add cinnamon next time it will be great. I have made similar biscuits before, but they don’t look as wonderful as yours :)

  4. RK says:

    These look delicious ! perfect color. what is custard flour ?

  5. El says:

    I love the tart molds. And pineapple jam – amazing!

  6. Anushruti says:

    Rustoo: You can say so! If you love jim jams you will love these too. And these are minus the preservatives that come with packaged stuff.

    RK: Custard powder or flour is available in India. You could substitute any eggfree vanilla pudding powder or cornflour/cornstarch with extra vanilla.

  7. Meeta says:

    oh yes – we really like these type of biscuits, however i have not quite used pineapple jam for them. look great!

  8. sharmilee says:

    Luv britannia jim jam biscuits and this one looks really tempting as its with pineapple jam flavour!

  9. Soma says:

    So pretty. Love the pineapple jam.

  10. sheba says:

    jam biscuits..ohh YUM

  11. Jamie says:

    These are lovely and so elegant! I love the shape! Just beautiful and I love the idea of the pineapple jam!

  12. Parita says:

    Loved the shape..from where you got this cookie cutter? Biscuits look truly amazing and i love pineapple jam :-)

  13. Swarna says:

    Anu,
    Love your recipes
    I have prepared similar one but used cream cheese in the mixture
    will definitely try this.
    Since you seem to create eggless versions wonderfully.
    Can you please suggest the best replacement for eggs in cake.
    If you have a wonderful cake recipe that calls for 2 eggs what will be you first choice of substitute.
    I see so many out there
    Once tried baking powder and I was able to taste it , did not like the cake at all.
    Is it tofu? or yogurt/curd? or buttermilk? or flax

    Thanks you so much for your wonderful recipes.

    –Swarna

  14. Anushruti says:

    Swarna:I have a few eggless cake recipes on divinetaste. Take a look. The eggless vanilla cake and eggless chocolate cake have never failed me.

    Yogurt in cakes is very good, makes them soft and moist. Try using 1/4 cup plain yogurt for 1 egg and 1 tsp baking powder for another egg (apart from the additional baking powder in the recipe).

    I dont really use tofu but love to use both buttermilk and flax, depending on the recipe. Hope this helps.

  15. Swarna says:

    Thanks a lot Anu. Will try your suggestion and and let you know how it turns out.

  16. Shwetha says:

    These look so pretty and neat. Love the picture of the pineapple. Gorgeous!:)

  17. Lubna Karim says:

    Wow….perfect and yummylicious looking cookies…i love the pineapple jam…

  18. Shwetha says:

    Hey Anu,
    I’ve been getting requests for eggless recipes – is it alright if I post a link to your space? Let me know. Thanks!

  19. These biscuits look amazing! You have an amazing mould/cutter in your arsenal!! And I’m sure they taste amazing too!

  20. Sunshinemom says:

    Beautiful layout! I love your pictures. Absolutely droolworthy biscuits!

  21. Lasanda says:

    Love your site, the recipe looks great, I am sure it must taste good
    Sure going to try this one.

  22. Jane says:

    This looks like a very interesting recipe and I must make a note to try it. Your cookies (oops–I mean jam biscuits!) are beautiful, and so is your wonderful blog! I look forward to visiting again soon.

    :) Jane

  23. Swarna says:

    Anu,
    The cake turned out great. Check it out at
    http://swarnashri.blogspot.com/2009/12/eggless-pumpkin-almond-cake.html

    Thanks
    Swarna

  24. zurin says:

    This is surreal!! I just bought a mini tart mould exactly like that…this pineapple tarts are a staple at festive seasons in Malaysia and I was quite surprised to see it here..altho I shdnt be :) …. ill be making this too soon with exactly teh same mould!!!!…im waiting for my pineapple to ripen …u have a beautiful blog with beautiful pictures ..m glad I found you ^^

  25. suganti says:

    Hi, how long i can store this cookies..is there any expiry date for the cookies..Thanks

  26. Alpana says:

    Hi,

    Browsing thru your website…….discovered these beauties. I bake a lot too & I love jam cookies.
    Never came across a tart pan like this ……though I live in the US & always keep looking for some different moulds &bake pans. Can U please let me know what specifically this tart pan is called. I found only the regular ones here.
    Love your website & will be trying a lot of your recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Anushruti says:

    Alpana: I got these on a trip to Singapore. These are available in baking stores in Singapore & Malaysia.

  28. Ashwini Kumble says:

    Wow Anu! You do magic! Till date I have not ventured into baking any biscuits or cookies, even though I have read most of your recipes. These look soooo tempting, that I have to make them.. wish me luck! :)

  29. Anushruti says:

    Ashwini: Thanks! Good luck…I’m sure you’ll do a great job…if you have any doubts let me know. Look forward to your feedback.

  30. jagruti says:

    hi,
    the tarts look fab. just wanted to know if i can replace the icing sugar with castor or ground regular sugar.thx

  31. Dr.Dattatreya says:

    Simply amazing.youare a blessing to us vegetarians. Thanks…

  32. debbey says:

    first time to your blog ,really impressed and addicted ,want to make this cookie and melting moment but have two doubts, hope you will give answer to my queries- i have convention OTG ,on which rack of the oven should it be baked and should both the element of the oven switch on while baking or only bottom element should be on while baking?
    thanks in anticipation.

  33. devyani says:

    awesome job! its hard to find such delicacies in vegetarian form,i love baking and i am always in search of egg less bakes,i just got my self new tart moulds n was in search of new dishes,n i found your blog. nywaz i wanted to ask weather can v use ghee instead of butter. as in i have tried with simple version of cookies n they turned out gud enuf.what difference can it make using either of the ingredients???
    just curious… :)
    you are doing a grt job,love ur blog, carryyy on!!!

  34. Anushruti says:

    devyani: Yes you can use ghee instead of butter here.

  35. Anandi says:

    Hi Anu – This recipe is wonderful….I tried it out with margarine and mixed fruit jam…The only thing is that I couldn’t fine that mould that gives such lovely biscuits…where can i buy them? any idea? Am based in Mumbai.

  36. Anushruti says:

    Anandi: I picked them up in Singapore. They are very popular in South East Asian countries like Malaysia and Singapore.

  37. Motibaby says:

    I am missing 1 ingredient in every recipe I have looked into today-but my itch for baking something is persistent…..these look like the perfect thing.

    Haha-just realized I’m missing pineapple but I do have a mixed berry preserve I would love to use up.

    Here goes!!!

  38. Motibaby says:

    They are delicious-made the first batch a little thing, so they felt a bit dry but second batch was perfect!

  39. veena says:

    I baked these delicious biscuits and blogged about it here
    http://www.veenasvegnation.com/2013/09/jam-biscuits.html

  40. Bharat J. Bhagat says:

    suddenly my wife remembered the JimJam biscuits she used to love some 50 Years back… Rushed to the store only to find Britania treat, in which the jam was so very little… So, next step was Google uncle, and got your site. Thank you very much for the recipe …. The JimJams turned out very well. Thanks a lot.

  41. Anushruti says:

    Bharat Bhagat: Thank you so much for the feedback!

  42. Priya says:

    These look tempting. Can you replace the custard powder with additional plain flour or whole wheat flour. Tia.

  43. Anushruti says:

    No..the custard powder gives these biscuits their unique taste and lightness. Plain flour or wholewheat flour will make it heavier. You could try it if you are not particular about the texture. If custard powder is unavailable try using cornflour or corn starch and a tsp of vanilla extract.

  44. Saigeetha says:

    Yummy biscuits.Love your blog.Hope I could have a glimpse of your cookie cutter :)

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