It’s been ages since I’ve baked on a Wednesday and I’d been meaning to bake biscuits since I bought these gorgeous star cutters from John Lewis around Christmastime.
I got the basic biscuit recipe from one of my favourite childhood cookbooks: Jane Asher’s Eats for Treats.
· 150g self-raising flour
· 75g butter
· 50g caster sugar
· 1 egg
· Few drops of vanilla essence
· Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and grease two baking trays (or line with greaseproof paper!)
· Pour the flour into a bowl and cut the butter in small pieces before adding to the flour. Rub together to form fine breadcrumbs
· Add the sugar and mix with a spoon
· Break the egg into a small cup and whisk. Add two tablespoons of egg to the mixture and add the vanilla essence
· Mix using a spoon/fork, or hands if easier. This may take a while to form a ball
· Knead the dough until smooth on a well-floured surface
· Wrap the dough in Clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes
· Take out of the fridge and roll out until ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes
· Place on baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown
· Leave to cool
For the chocolate and coconut:
I had Christmas and Easter chocolate leftover so I just melted a giant chocolate coin and egg in a bain-marie. I’d hazard a guess it was about 170g of chocolate. After dipping or spreading chocolate on the biscuits, I dipped some of them in desiccated coconut, which I poured in another bowl.
Obviously you could use chopped almonds, or dried cranberries, or whatever you want.
The recipe made 30 biscuits and I used three different size cutters – obviously if you use larger cutters, you’ll make less (!)
Happy baking! x