I don’t always have the best of luck with biscuits. They often turn out soft. Or flavour-less. Or (especially now that I have a distracting toddler) completely burned. But these ones are the easiest biscuits I’ve ever made and they’re impossible to get wrong. Okay, I guess you could still burn them… So try not to do that. I found this recipe in an old Be-Ro book from the 60s – they’re my mum’s go-to biscuit recipe. So I thought I’d share…
175g Self Raising flour
A Pinch of salt
75g caster sugar
50g ground almonds
150g butter (room temperature)
A few drops of almond essence
Heat the oven to 180c (gas 4). Mix together the dry ingredients and then rub in the butter with your fingers. Add the almond essence and mix will. Bring together with your hands and then roll out thinly on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 mins.
I’ve made two batches of these biscuits in the last couple of week – the first I covered with left over fondant icing from the wedding cake I made for my brother (click here to see how I did it) – this looks effective but its really easy – you just roll out the icing and cut with the same cutter you used for the biscuits. I then iced letters on them to make matching wedding biscuits. And with the second batch I just drizzled icing on top. You also could place a blanched almond or cherry in the middle of each biscuit before baking.
P.s. If you’re Brighton based and like to bake, why not enter Brighton’s very own Bake Off competition? Find details here.