Thursday, March 19, 2015

Recipe: Simple Biscuits

Made these at work the other day- it was the weekend and we had ran out of the langues du chat biscuits we normally serve with our creme brulees so my manager asked me to whip up some biscuits. Didn't have too much time on my hands as it was a busy saturday, but shoved all this together in the hope it would turn out nice and it really did! A little bit like shortbread biscuits but a little lighter, really really nice. Us chefs use this cling film method to make lots of things- it's a good method for making lots of flavoured butters.

Simple Biscuits! (Makes about 60)

500g salted butter
300g caster sugar
600g plain flour
2 egg yolks
Optional flavourings: vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon etc.

1)      Preheat oven to 180C. Soften the butter in a microwave. Mix together the butter, sugar, flour and egg yolks, until everything is well combined. Lay cling film on a preparation surface, and turn the biscuit dough into 4 long sausage shapes.
2)      Wrap the sausages of dough in cling film tightly, and either put in the freezer for 5 minutes, or In the fridge for about an hour, until it has firmed up. Line 4 trays with greaseproof paper. Remove the cling film from the dough, and slice the sausages into thin discs.
3)      Place the discs on the grease proof paper, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove, allow to cool a little, and serve!

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