Delicious Jackfruit shortbread cookies with cardamom great combo for your tea/coffee or milk.
Jackfruit is one of my favorite fruit; you can call it as my weakness too. Whenever I see them I will buy them. It is huge fruit about 15-20 pound for a small one. I think I injected my weakness to my hubby too. He also joins me in buying one nowadays. Normally he will ask do you want this, will you finish it like that. I learned the technique looking for a good ripe jackfruit from a Philippine woman in Hong Kong Market. She told me to look for the same size eyes all over, and then it is a good ripe fruit just like the pineapple. This time I wanted to try something different with Jackfruit, so tried these Jackfruit shortbread cookies with cardamom. It is so delicious.
My love for jackfruit is not translated into my kids, they are not fans, and daughter will at least try a piece of fruit, but joins in cutting, separating fruit and seeds. Here is the post on how to cut the jackfruit. My son doesn’t even bother to check what is happening. Entire jackfruit is for both husband and wife. I tried almost all the traditional recipes with Jackfruit. I tried jackfruit payasam/ pudding in two ways. First one is with preserved jackfruit; other with fresh fruits. I have also made jackfruit preserve or Chakka varatti, and Chakka unniyappam, a sweet made with rice flour and jackfruit. Then made two version steamed rice parcels calls chakkaa elayappam with preserve and then grinding with fresh jackfruit, rice, jaggery (raw Indian sugar).
I have more traditional dish that I want to make with jackfruit, that is kumbilappam for that I need a cinnamon tree leaves, which I can find it here. So it won’t happen. Even thought of growing the plant but it won’t survive the winter here. I also tried jackfruit ice cream.
Then I decided to make jackfruit cupcakes, cakes and muffins. However my jackfruit was getting low and only ½ cup chopped ones with 3 more jackfruit pieces are left. So decide to try this shortbread cookies, I got the base recipe from this book “The New Sugar & Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking: by Samantha Seneviratne which I reviewed here. Added the chopped jackfruit along with it and baked at 325°F for 18 - 20 minutes. If you like ripe jackfruits which taste like a cross between a banana and a pineapple then these Jackfruit shortbread cookies are for you; never look back to any other shortbread cookies. I promise, here come the recipe.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.