I’ve recently started trying to perfect my biscuit baking.
There’s so much you can do with biscuits, that you can’t with cakes. Not that I have a bad word to say about cake. Cake is amazing! I’m a fan.
Biscuits will be playing a part in the simple, homemade Christmas I have planned. Hence, I’ve been playing around in the kitchen.
Thought it might be nice to share a simple recipe for my crumbly biscuits.
Crumbly Vanilla Biscuits – Makes 12 large biscuits
You will need:
225g/8oz Plain Flour
65g/2+1/4oz Self Raising Flour
75g/2.5oz Granulated Sugar
75g/2.5oz Salted Butter (Cold/Diced)
4 Tablespoons/60ml Golden Syrup
1/2 Teaspoon/2.5ml Vanilla Essence
1 Medium Egg (Lightly Beaten)
Large baking tray and greaseproof/baking paper
Add the vanilla essence to the lightly beaten egg and mix
Sift the flours together into a large bowl and add the sugar
Add the diced, cold butter to the dry ingredients
Rub through your fingers until it looks like fine breadcrumbs – it’s worth taking time on this step
Make a well in the centre, add the egg/essence and syrup
Stir until the mixture forms a ball – you may need to get your hands in to combine completely
On a piece of greaseproof paper squash the dough ball down to make a circle
Place a piece of greaseproof paper over the top and begin rolling
It’s important to try and keep the thickness even throughout. This can be tricky but technique improves with practice.
Ideally the biscuit dough will be about 5mm thick (just under 1/4″).
Once the dough is rolled, place the tray in your fridge for about 10 minutes to cool slightly. At the same time preheat the oven to 180 degrees/160 Fan or Gas mark 4.
Once cooled cut out your shapes. Excess dough can be re-rolled to make extra biscuits, or alternatively refrigerate and use within 3 days.
Pop in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes. Do keep an eye on them, ovens vary and cooking times may be different. They should be a light brown colour when you remove from the oven.
Leave to rest a minute or 2 then place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Biscuits should not be placed in an airtight container until completely cooled.
When cool I decorate mine. Melted chocolate is one of the easiest ways to do this
Melt in a microwave, leave to cool slightly then top the biscuit. Add decoration as required.
I mentioned at the top of this post, that you can do a lot with biscuits.
This is what I did…
Biscuit lollies, a birthday card and some practice Christmas tree decorations…
What could you do with yours?
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