16 December 2012

Lemonade Quenchers


I have a waiting list for this recipe. These lemon biscuits may not look like anything special, but they really are. They're crisp and sugary on the outside and buttery soft with the sharp taste of lemon in the middle.I took a batch into work and everyone raved about them.

I think they are utterly delicious.

I found this recipe in Biscuit by Miranda Gore Browne. Miranda was a finalist on the first series of The Great British Bake Off.

The Great British Bake Off is a British television baking competition shown on the BBC. The judges are cookery writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood and it is presented by Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins. It's very popular and great fun to watch, especially if you love baking like I do.
Biscuit is a indulgence of a cookbook featuring Miranda's ultimate biscuit collection with over 100 recipes. Most of the recipes have a mouthwatering photo beside them and it's a lovely book to flick through. There are traditional British favourites such as Millionaire's Shortbread, Fig Rolls, Custard Creams and Chocolate Bourbons. Then there are some really intriguing biscuits like the Pear and Ginger Fairlings which are a spiced ginger biscuit with dried pear and the Bramble Butterscotchers,  a butterscotch biscuit jewelled with crunchy butter toffee and blackberries. there's also a savoury section, a party section and a 'how to' guide at the back to help those of us who need to work on our icing skills.
Vegetarian Recipe Count: 115 out of 115 (one recipe calls for marshmallows and one calls for jelly, these can be replaced with vegetarian style marshmallows and jelly)
Vegan Recipe Count: This book is not suitable for Vegans unless many substitutes are made.

Biscuit by Miranda Gore Browne
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
Publisher: Ebury Press
ISBN: 978-0091945022
Published: 5 April 2012


I've made two batches of these lemonade quenchers, the first batch I made to Miranda's recipe, but I found them too bitter. Miranda used a whole lemon in her biscuits. Skin, pith, flesh and juice, so this accounted for the bitter taste. The next time I made them, I just used the finely grated peel and juice from a lemon and they were perfect. The recipe below includes my changes, for the original recipe check the cookbook.


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Lemonade Quenchers
These lemony biscuits are crisp and sugary on the outside and buttery soft with the sharp taste of lemon in the middle.
Ingredients
  • 1 large lemon
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lemon (yes another)
  • 200g granulated sugar
Instructions
1. Finely grate the peel from on large lemon and then cut in half and squeeze the juice from it. 2. Cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk, lemon peel and juice and beat again, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is combined. 3. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir well. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave to chill for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. I covered my bowl and left it on a table outside for an hour. It's rather cold here in Scotland just now. 4. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. 5. Combine the lemon zest from the second lemon and granulated sugar in a bowl. Using a small ice-cream scoop or two tablespoons, drop balls of the chilled dough into the bowl, rolling them around to ensure they are completely covered. Place on the prepared trays, spacing them at least 3 cm apart and bake for 12-15 minutes. Leave the biscuits to cool and harden on their trays. 6. Enjoy!
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Makes 24 biscuits




Disclosure: Ebury Publishing kindly sent me a copy of Biscuit to review. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

43 comments:

  1. What a fantastic biscuit! Perfect for the holidays!!

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  2. Thanks and yes perfect. I'll be making another batch soon.

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  3. Hi Jac

    These sound delicious, and deliciously fattening :( but you seem to have used the lemon zest/peel twice in your recipe. Is this a typo or is one supposed to use half in each step?

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    1. Yes you are right Mike that was as clear as mud. I have adjusted it so it makes more sense. Two lemons (peel), one for the biscuit and one to dip the biscuit in before baking.

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    2. Thanks, Jac. It's nice to know that, for once, it's not me having a 'senior moment'. :)

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  4. I LOVE anything with lemon in them and these biscuits look fabulous! Lovely recipe Jac! Karen

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    1. Me too Karen. Desserts, biscuits, cakes, drinks. Lemon rules!

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  5. I really need to have some biscuit recipes, they make lovely presents.

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  6. I've got to try these, as I love lemon!

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  7. Oh they look fantastic! simple and delicious - the best combination!
    mary x

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    1. Thanks Mary, they are. I will be dipping into this book again!

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  8. These sound absolutely yummy and will have to be added to my to do list, I love lemon in baked goods!

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    1. Me too Camilla, I do hope you try them :)

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  10. I kept looking for this book online and then smacked my head.Your biscuits are our cookies! I was looking for bread like biscuits which I slather in peanut butter when I have leftover bread dough that isn't enough for a loaf. But still, your biscuits sure would make a kid smile.

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    1. Haha, yes, we do have a lot of foodie cultural differences, but I have been in the foodie world so long now that I think of these as cookies too. I had to re-type the post several times. Lots of cookies, instead of biscuits :)

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  11. Lemon is my chocolate so these would be welcome anytime.

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    1. Me too Val, although sometimes only chocolate will do :)

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    2. Why not both? I'm sure it must be possible to combine lemon and chocolate in a pleasing combination.

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    3. Actually, I love lemon sorbet with chocolate ice cream :)

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    4. While I love chocolate (must be my dominant x chromosome) and ice cream for some reason I'm not keen on chocolate ice cream.

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    5. I don't let it worry me, Jac. There are plenty of other unhealthy things I can feast on, as my rising weight confirms. For example, there are the honey roast nuts the Hairy Bikers did as part of their Christmas Feast menu as well as your Lemonade Quenchers to bake some time in the next few days and it's also about time that I got back to cake making, I used to be pretty good at that a few years ago.

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  13. They looks delicious!!
    Have a nice week

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  14. Mmmmmm, my mouth is puckering at the very thought of these cookies. Yum. Will be bookmarking this one ;0)

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  15. They look wonderful, I'll be having a go at these tomorrow.

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    1. I know you will love them Lauren. Let me know how you get on :)

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  16. Ooh I thought this was going to be a drink and I was thinking it sounded like something you'd have in summer not the week before Christmas so this is quite a surprise. I have this book, don't remember these so I must revisit.

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    1. Haha, yes, I see what you mean Sarah. No, they are the most wonderful biscuit for any time of the year!

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  17. They sound fabulous, love lemon flavours.

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  18. The biscuits sounds scrummilicous Jac. CT gave me the book for my birthday and I love it, though shockingly, I've only made one recipe so far.

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    1. I know, it is hard to work through cookbooks when you have as many as we do. Still, they are lovely to flick through.

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  19. Cookies with lemon. Awesome! They look great.

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  20. That book has been on my wishlist for a while now, got a birthday coming up in 6 weeks so may have to start dropping hints! I love the sound of those lemon biscuits. I don't bake with lemon that often as OH isn't keen on it but I'm sure I could get away with making a small batch for myself :)

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    1. Oh go on Jen and there are lots of other recipes in there I am sure he will love :)

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