A biscuit can be such a complement to a cuppa.
Thinking that I should start off with something easy, a friend passed on a biscuit recipe to me.
Being a disobedient sort, I contorted her recipe to suit my own tastes and I must say that I was very lucky that they turned out rather yummy!
They also made our little home smell delicious.
I share this recipe with you on the understanding that this is a novice’s attempt at baking. You absolutely must not sneer at me if what you end up with is a noxious plate of bricks!
Lady Grey’s Disobedient Biscuits
* 200g sifted plain flour and some for just in case it is too gooey as well as dusting
* 150g slightly salted butter. I use Lurpak
* 95g light muscovado sugar (the recipe actually calls for 115g which is too sweet for me.
* 1 or 2 Earl/Lady Grey tea bags. Depends on how punchy you like your flavours I used 2 Lady Greys on this occasion.
* 1 egg.
Beat together the butter and sugar until you have a creamy and smooth paste.
Stir in the tea well (just the tea not the bag).
Beat in the egg.
Carefully and gently fold in the flour. If it looks and feels too gooey, add a little more flour to stiffen the mixture.
Lay out a stretch of cling film and get your hands dirty! form the messy sticky mixture into a long fat sausage shape of approx 20cm long.
Roll it up and stick in in the fridge for an hour to firm it up.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Remove the biscuit dough and slice into 5cm thick ovals (or rounds. Stick them onto a non stick oven tray and whack ’em in till they start to go a a little golden (should take approx 10-15 mins. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
I hope to keep learning, distorting and perhaps even create my own recipes so this Recipe book that I bought in Paperchase should be my constant kitchen companion from now.
Have I mentioned that I collect tea cups? This is a more recent purchase from Liberty and made by Royal Albert.
While I may think that they are glorious,
Hiro thinks that they are vulgar!
His tastes are far more modernist. bla bla bla!