Crisp Spice Biscuits

These are brilliant with a mug of coffee or a cup of tea. They are Christmas in a biscuit and an ideal homemade treat to gift. I made 3 batches all at once last week. Then I divided the dough in 3 and made logs, wrapped them and popped them in freezer. On Sunday afternoon when I had some time up my sleeve I pulled them out of the freezer and sliced thin rounds from the logs, sprinkled a little demerara sugar over each biscuit and baked them. I had quite the production line going and by the end of the afternoon I had a small mountain of packaged Christmas biscuits to give away.

The recipe is from Bill Granger’s book ‘Feed Me Now’ and besides the pizza dough recipe this is the recipe I cook the most from that book. I highly prize this recipe.

This is my 100th post which is a milestone for me. For sometime I had been frustrated that I had recipes scattered all over the place and could never track them down when I wanted them. Originally I was going to start a word document, typing up favourite recipes and referencing recipes I liked in magazines and cookbooks. Then I thought I would start blogging but wasn’t sure if it was my cup of tea. I decided I will blog until I hit my 100th post and by then I should know if I like it or not and whether to continue or not. I do love it so I will continue!

One of my favourite local bookshops has kindly given me a $20 gift voucher to give away to celebrate. Black Cat Books & Cafe in Paddington, Brisbane. I was in there the other day and stocked up on books for all the children’s Christmas stockings. Noni The Pony, The Wonky Donkey, Hetty’s Day Out.

If you would like to go in the draw to win leave a comment with your name. My assistant, Elliott, will draw a name out of a hat on Monday morning and I will post up the winners name so they can contact me and I will post out the voucher. Good luck! You can buy yourself something or do a spot of Christmas shopping or just wrap up the gift voucher and tick a name of your gift list!

crisp spice biscuits

(from Bill Granger’s ‘Feed Me Now’)

140g unsalted butter, softened
40g brown sugar
115g caster sugar
1 medium egg yolk
30ml treacle
150g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
demerara sugar to coat

In the mixmaster cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and treacle and mix in. Sift over the flour, bicarb, spices and salt and mix in.

Form the dough into a log about 15cm long and 4cm in diameter and wrap in plastic wrap. I found it easier to do this once I put the mixing bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Place the log in the fridge for 30 minutes before slicing.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Cut the log into 5mm slices and lay of lined baking trays. Sprinkle a little demerara sugar over each biscuit and bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until dark golden.

Leave to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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14 Responses to Crisp Spice Biscuits

  1. Sharolyn says:

    Wow, 100 has come around quickly. I'm so glad you'll be keeping on going Natalie. It's a great place to check whenever I need food inspiration and I'm sure I will keep coming back again and again. (Really like your 'Places to Go' page. I tried the crossiants from Rosalie Gourmet from your recommendation and can vouch that they are amazing. Wow I love that place. xo

  2. Catherine says:

    So nice to find your blog! Sorry it took me 100 posts to find it. I definitely have some reading to do to catch up…. and a big 'hooray' for the Roalie Gourmet market (you know that's my local corner store now??) – it's a treasure trove of yummy delights! xx

  3. Diana says:

    Love this blog Natalie! I discovered it through a friend, am definitely going to try these biscuits as a gift this year. Good way to save money and to cut down on things that people don't need!! Lovely to read a food blog from someone in Brissy too! Looks like I've got some cooking to do 🙂

  4. muchas_gracias says:

    Love your blog Natalie! It's fantastic. Your food always looks beautiful. Will definitely be trying these biscuits and the strawberry cloud cake. YUM!

  5. Joel says:

    Hi Nat, I've tried quite a lot of the food you have on your blog. My favourite foods are chilli con carne and corned silverside and tuna mornay – Maybe you could do blog posts about them.

  6. rachel hockey says:

    Congrats on 100 posts! I certainly enjoy reading about all of the wonderful recipes you've tried and I'm glad you have decided to continue. (I'm not entering for the drawing, I'm sure it will be of better use to someone else 🙂

  7. Little Miss Moi says:

    Dear Nat

    I finally am checking your blog through the computer rather than my iPod – iPod is handy but makes it hard to leave comments on blogs. Anyway. Congratulations on 100 posts! I can't believe it… you're such a good blogger, I just love the commentary you make that goes with every recipe. Keep up the good work! Love Moi xo

  8. Hungry JD says:

    Hi Natalie, thanks for sharing all your recipes. Elliott, pick me for the book voucher and I'll go halves with you.

  9. Angela says:

    My friend recommended your blog to me and I absolutely love it. I am so amazed by your passion for food and beautiful things and how you find the time to do it all with a tribe of kids. It inspires me to do more each day. I intend to try and make these biccies for Xmas gifts.

  10. Julie says:

    I must say that thanks to you I am feeling very flash on the cooking front at the moment! I've been spreading the word. Thank you!

  11. SommerHouse says:

    Haven't given these a whirl yet – but they look great!!
    Tell Levi we are having Sticky Tape Pudding tonight – Yummo!

  12. Natalie says:

    Thanks everyone for leaving a comment. We have a winner – congratulations Diana!
    http://teaforsix.blogspot.com/2010/11/we-have-winner.html

  13. Helen says:

    Just found your blog and bookmarked it!
    Thanks so much for the lovely recipes 🙂

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