I've recently become addicted to home made biscuits. Especially mixed vanilla-orange and chocolate biscuits. They are quite easy to prepare, the difficulty lies in making them last!
Rub together (or use a blender) to create fine crumbs from:
- 250g plain flour
- 125g sugar
- 125g hard vegetable fat spread/butter
- 1/2 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 level teaspoon cream of tartar
- (alternative to soda and tartar - use 1.5 level teaspoons baking powder)
- an egg
- freshly grated orange rind
- a few drops of vanilla essence
Split the dough into two equal parts.
To one part add
- 20g Cocoa powder
- 15g sugar
- teaspoon of milk
If the dough is still sticky, chill for a couple of hours.
The two doughs can then be rolled out independently to create separate white and dark biscuits, by rolling out to about 5mm thickness on a floured surface and cutting out shapes.
Alternatively, combine blocks of the two together to create a multicoloured roll and slice off discs of about 5mm.
Place the cut out shapes or discs on a greased tray and bake for 7 to 10 minutes at 170 deg C, in a preheated oven.
The biscuits should have risen and become golden brown.
Take off the tray and allow to cool on a grid.
Then store the crisp biscuits in a tin.
Whenever you open the tin, the delicious scent of oranges and chocolate will tempt you to have a biscuit or two!