Reading several other blogs recently (particularly ‘Domestic Goddess in Training’ talking about Bara Brith) made me think it was about time I did a little bit of baking. And visitors scheduled for later this week clinched the deal. What better to offer with tea or coffee than homemade biscuits or perhaps a fruitcake?
First up the biscuits – I fancied cooking something that would have a hint of summer to come and so I hit on one of my favourite tried and tested recipes (and, I know, well liked by these particular guests). The recipe is from Sybil Kapoor’s Simply British – a lovely book of unusual recipes using classic British ingredients.
You will need:
4oz/115g softened butter (I prefer to use unsalted though it doesn’t specify that in the recipe)
2oz/55g caster sugar
zest 1 unwaxed lemon
3 teaspoons of lavender flowers stripped off the stem (hopefully ones from your own lavender bushes that you have dried and saved or I’ve found them online at Phytobotanica)
caster sugar for dusting
Heat the oven to Gas 2/150C/300F and have 2 greased baking sheets ready – you’ll get about 16 biscuits.
Cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest until it’s pale and light in texture. Then mix in the lavender flowers followed by the flour – use your hands as this will keep the butter warm and help incorporate the flour. You are aiming for a stiff but not too crumbly ball of dough – it will take a while to get to this stage (5 minutes or more).
They are wonderfully crumbly, melting in the mouth, the lavender flavour is quite rich and the lemon zest helps balance this nicely. Eat with abandon – though I defy you to manage more than 3 in a sitting.
Now lets just hope I haven’t eaten them all before my guests arrive……..
2 thoughts on “Lovely lavender biscuits”
what a lovely recipe.
how long do the biscuits keep for?
want to make batches for presents……..
Well because they are so tasty they usually disappear rather fast. But I have eaten some I forgot were in the tin that were six months old and they still tasted pretty good. So as long as you keep them in a well sealed dry box or tin they will keep for a good few months. The main thing is whether they stay crisp enough but in a tightly sealed tin they will be fine for 2-3 months.
Hope that helps. Enjoy making them, try not to eat too many as you are cooking
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