These delicious rich, shortbread Easter biscuits are generously infused with fruit and spices
Somerset Easter Biscuits
(makes approximately 15 Easter biscuits)
What you need
- 225g/8 oz plain-all purpose flour
- 110g/4 oz of unsalted butter
- 110/4 oz of light brown soft sugar
- a handful of currants
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of mixed spice
- a few grates of nutmeg
- a pinch of salt
- a squeeze of lemon
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 -2 tbsp of brandy
- a little caster/ confectioner’s sugar to decorate
- a ribbon or raffia and small spring flower posy
What to do
Soak the currants in a covered bowl with the brandy, lemon and vanilla extract for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas Mark 4. Sieve the flour, spices and salt. Next, add the butter which you need to rub into the flour, then add the sugar and mix together with a whisk. Add the brandied currants and egg and mix well together with a wooden spoon.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently before leaving it for 10 minutes. Roll out the dough and cut into 3″ rounds. Place on a lined baking tray and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. They should be sweet and crisp but not over-cooked, so watch that you get them out on time, they are so easy to over-do! While they are still warm, sprinkle your easter biscuits with a dusting of caster/confectioner’s sugar.
Once they have cooled on a wire rack, you can wrap them together in threes and add a small primrose and violet posy to the top.
Happy Easter x
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Category: spring recipes
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Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.