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A number of years following our breakthrough with Coconut we headed to the tropics, looking for inspiration for new flavours. Resting under a tree as the sun dipped and melted into the sea our slumber was broken by the tinkle of ice in a refreshing beverage. Floating in the top of the glass was Lemon. By marrying the zing of lemon with the smooth taste of coconut produces a cookie that is the taste of summer.
Since 1988 Kea Cookies have been baked for you right here in New Zealand. We are constantly working to bring the great taste of our delicious, traditional homestyle recipe to you. This pack of Lemon Coconut is loaded with coconut and the zing of lemon for a delicious cookie in any season. They're also gluten, wheat, dairy, and egg free and suitable for vegans.
"He doesn't like coconut" said Mr Seven's father as I opened the pack. "He really doesn't like coconut!" said his mother. Mr Seven looked puzzled and helped himself to the first biscuit from the packet, and then his face split into a big grin as he took a big bite. "I REALLY like coconut!" he declared. "And lemon too!" Miss Five promptly took one too, and assured us that she liked them as well.
I was going to be creative and serve them with other items for pudding, but, by the time the grown-ups had all tried one and Mr Seven was on his third, there were not too many left! There were a dozen biscuits in the packet and we had already finished more than half of them, so I decided to call it quits and just ask everyone for their feedback.
My cousin, who was visiting, said she loves shortbread and these had a real shortbread taste and texture. She was surprised to learn that they were gluten free as she had expected them to be drier, and thought they might be nice dunked in a hot drink. However, the weather was far too hot for anyone to bother putting the kettle on, so she made do with alternate bites of her biscuits and swigs of her cold lemonade! She did like the flavour, and observed that this was not a flavour combination she had tried before in a biscuit, but she thought it worked very well and the lemon and coconut proportions were nicely balanced.
Mr Seven's father agreed - he thought the flavour balance was just right with neither ingredient dominating the other. He said one would not be enough (Mr Seven agreed enthusiastically as he tried to sneak a fourth!) but two would be just right. He thought they were amazing for a gluten free product; he would not have picked that and had to check the packet to assure himself that I was right. He said they improved with eating, and enjoyed his second biscuit more than he had the first.
My daughter liked the packaging. She thought it was eye-catching and well designed, with both the outer cardboard and the sealed inner being fully recyclable now that the local supermarket has a facility for plastics recycling - an important sales point for her when she goes shopping these days. She is another one who likes dunking her biscuits on a cold night so she is going to buy another packet just for when the current heatwave has subsided.
We all thought they were a little costly, but they do have that home made taste and appearance. We have friends who have to eat gluten free products so it is good to have products available for them. The biscuits have the advantage of being egg and dairy free so are suitable for a number of people with various dietary constraints, and they are also vegan which is an added bonus. Altogether, they will be a perfect treat to have on hand for lots of social occasions. And, as a bonus, the kids loved them too!
My usual 'go to' cookie varies in flavour depending on my mood, but whatever the taste they tend to be sweet, slightly chewy, moist and full of flavour. From that, it should be easy to see that biscuits like sugar cookies, which tend to be dry and brittle, are not my thing, nor do shortbreads, which are crumbly and dry with a buttery flavour, appeal overly. When I first opened this box and saw what was inside, my enthusiasm faltered.
What I found inside was a stack of cookies that looked like the ones my grandmother used to put out for family visits - being of British stock, shortbreads were a staple for them. "The very thing for having with a cup of tea, young man!" she would say when she heard me groaning. Naturally, that's what she grew up with, and since I didn't drink tea... well... tea time at grandma's was never a fun time for me as a child.
Putting those unpleasant memories aside, I braved a bikkie and took a nibble. Very much in line with shortbread in terms of texture, these cookies are a bit dry and crumbling when you bite into them, but the flavour was wonderful. I love the citrus tang of lemon and that tropical sweetness of coconut, and in this cookie, they combined to create a wonderful flavour that made the dryness of the biscuit a matter of secondary importance.
Since I don't suffer from any major food allergies, I thought I could offset some of the dryness by breaking these up to go with some ice-cream and sliced banana - a plan that turned out very well indeed with the dryness of the biscuits adding texture and some delicate but distinctive flavour to the ice-cream while off-setting the sweetness of the banana perfectly. For those who, like me, are free from food allergies, using these biscuits as an ingredient in another dish could be ideal.
Overall, while these cookies do little to offset the stereotype that gluten-free food is often dry, they completely counter the assumption that GF means flavourless - these are far from that. Fans of traditional shortbread will find these easy and appealing to eat, while those who indulge in drink-dunking will likely find these worthy of attention too, though I fear the loose, grainy texture will lead to as much in your drink as in your fingers.
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