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
Publisher: Ebury Press
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.
These lemony biscuits are crisp and sugary on the outside and buttery soft with the sharp taste of lemon in the middle.
- 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
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!
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.