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
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.