Fruit Biscuits- Hyderabad Karachi Bakery Style


A few years back, my husband returning from a business trip brought back a box of these cookies which he said were the famous Karachi biscuits from Hyderabad.
Fruit biscuits, the box read. Having never had tutti frutti studded biscuits before, I bit into one gingerly and mmmm…it was lovely! Soft and crumbly with candied fruit.

I was very keen to recreate the texture and flavour of these famed biscuits. I tried, I failed, I tried again. I asked friends, I looked at various recipes and kept baking small batches. And finally when I baked the most recent batch, I smelt success!
No leaving agent is to be used- thatโ€™s the key! No baking powder, no baking soda.
The buttery crumbly softness and the mild crunch of the candied fruit- yeah…I am almost there ๐Ÿ™‚
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Here is how I made them
(This recipe gives 25 medium sized cookies)

150 grams (1 cup and 1 Tbsp) All purpose flour/Maida

110 grams butter (1/2 cup), softened but not melted

100 grams ( 1/2 cup ) Sugar. Weigh the sugar and then powder it in the mixer. I added only 1/3 cup as we like our cookies mildly sweet and the tutti frutti also adds to the sweetness)
ยฝ cup candied fruit/tutti frutti/dry fruit ( You may use chopped dry nuts like almonds and cashews in place of tutti frutti or just raisins)
ยฝย  tsp cardamom/ilaichi powder

ยฝ tsp rose extract ( May use almond/vanilla extract if rose not available. Rose water won’t give the required flavour)

Sift the flour. Leave the butter out on the counter till it is soft. Do not melt it. We need the butter soft, but not melted. Be very careful if softening in the microwave.
Beat the butter and powdered sugar till light and creamy.
1Add the cardamom powder, rose extract and candied fruit and mix well.
2Slowly add the flour in three lots mixing with your fingers. Incorporate the butter into the flour. The mixture begins to look like bread crumbs.
Gently bring the dough together. Do not knead!
Shape the dough into a log and cling film it. I put the cookie dough roll in a long cardboard box and tied it up to ensure it keeps the square shape.

46Refrigerate the dough for an hour.
Preheat the oven at 180C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Check the end of the post for detailed baking instructions and the microwave baking option)
Remove the log from the refrigerator and cut slices about half an inch thick.
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8Lay the cookies on the sheet at least 2 inches apart as they expand when they bake.
9Bake for 13-15 minutes. When the bottom of the cookies begins to brown, they are done. They will be soft in the middle, but will firm up on cooling.
10Cool in the baking tray for five minutes and then transfer to the then wire rack to cool completely.ย 11The cookies stay good for two weeks when stored in an air tight container.
Enjoy with a glass of milk or hot chai or coffee.
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IMG_8151IMG_8154 The first recipe I tried was from here.ย Working on the basic idea, I made several changes to get mine.
Oven and baking specifications
I have a 45 Litre Oven (with a fan)ย and baked these at 180C . I placed the baking tray on the middle shelf, with both the upper and lower elements on. However, each oven behaves differently, so please adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly. Basically, as soon as the bottoms of the biscuits begin to change colour, the baking tray needs to be pulled out. It may take longer than the 14 odd minutes it took me. So watch those bottoms! And do not Over Bake!! That will totally kill the biscuits. Slightly browned bottom and a soft top, that’s what we are looking for ๐Ÿ˜€

Want to bake them in the microwave? Here is some wonderful explanation on how to go about it at ‘Cakes and More’.

Iย am taking these soft crumbly delights to Fiesta Friday 70! ย Thanks Dini and Mollie for hosting the party this time ๐Ÿ˜€

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160 thoughts on “Fruit Biscuits- Hyderabad Karachi Bakery Style

  1. I m so happy,when made Karachi biscuits, very soft yummy lookwise perfect.of course ur recipe all family members was happy to eat sabi relatives demand kr rhhe ha,ki hme bhi bna kr bhejo,so I m so so happy.pics mughe send nhi krni aati Verna zrur krti but I ll try

  2. Hello,

    I tried the above mentioned recipe but the problem which I faced is that butter start melting from dough.

    And the shape of cookies changed..

    Can you suggest something?

  3. Hi Garima,
    These biscuits turned out real pretty, fragrant, soft yet crumbly and delicious.
    Your recipes are so fool proof. Now I’m tempted to pick up my ultimate challenge of baking the perfect bread. Perfection has evaded me for long and I hope to finally nail it with your recipe. โ˜บ

  4. Hi,
    I tried this recipe but when I placed the biscuits in the oven,they melted and it was too buttery after cooling. Please tell me where did I go wrong? I really wish to make it perfectly and want to try again soon.

    1. Hi
      Did you refrigerate?
      Try rolling them and putting them in the fridge for half an hour and then baking them straight out of the fridge: sometimes this may happen because of the weather.

      1. Yes, I kept the biscuit roll,wrapped in cling film in the fridge for an hour and after taking out,cut it and placed in the oven tray and baked it but it all melted and it was all too buttery. Is it possible that this has happened because i might have used butter more?

  5. Hi Garima, I’m really tempted to cook these beautiful cookies. Can I cook it using my convection microwave? I’m really new to baking and have least idea about baking any stuff. I would really appreciate your help ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thanks for the recipe.
    one quick question, normally Powdered Sugar is a Misused term. Powdered Sugar is with cornstarch and not only a blended sugar in Mixer.
    So, do you mean to say Powdered Sugar with cornstarch or just a blended sugar to powdered consistency in above recipe?

    Thank you.

    Amit

    1. Hi Amit
      I agree ๐Ÿ™‚
      In India we get granulated sugar only apart from icing sugar. We don’t really get powdered sugar in the stores.
      I do mean sugar that has been powdered in the mixer grinder.
      Happy baking!

      1. Hi Garima…

        Thank you for quick reply ๐Ÿ™‚
        I’m baking these beauties today. Let’s see how do I end up ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I’ll post the update.

        Thank you very much for the recipe and this explanation also ๐Ÿ™‚

        Amit

      2. Hi …

        Garima nice to see you have posted hyderabad biscuit recipe here but pls do note not to mistake me as this is not real recipe of biscuit I am Ex. Culinary Chef of Karachi Bakery with 18 years experience over there we don’t ad flavour in it but we get one butter from spain which is imported that has aromatic smell that gives taste to the biscuit those butter are not available in india and I too for my bakery import the same butter from spain if you have that butter you all can do same as it is .. Apart from all online recipes are absolutely wrong.

      3. Hi
        Thanks for writing in. However, I do not claim that it the very same recipe, just that I have tried to bake in the same style with the ingredients I have easily available in my kitchen.

  7. Hi Garima,
    How do you weigh your ingredients? Do you own electronis weighing scale , please let me know the brand and model no. I am keen to buy one ๐Ÿ™‚

    – Thanks ,
    Veena

      1. Hi Garima ,
        Could you please tell me model no. or may be send its snap to me ? My email id is qajiny@gmail.com .I am very much confused about which one to buy . Want to buy which is used and tested ๐Ÿ™‚

        – Thanks & Regards,
        Veena

      2. Mine is barely a month old too so I am not the best person to advise here ๐Ÿ™‚ I just went to a local store that sells electronics and bought it. It is a Chinese brand but the guy said it is quite Ok. Buy whatever you has available in your city .

  8. Whem i kept them for baking, it started melting and started to burn in just 5 minutes. I had refrigerated it properly for more than an hour nd immediately put it for baking.
    Could you please help with what went wrong?

  9. Hello, i tried this recipe. The taste was delecious but the biscuits remain soft in the middle even after cooling them completely. They firm up just from the outside but the center is soft. I tried it in both microwave and oven, adjusted the timw, but still it remains soft. Is there any change I can do to make firm in the middle like increasing the amount of flour?

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