Sunday, 22 May 2011

⌠⌡ beach dreaming

we've been blessed with lots of sunshine
and good weather:
it has us thinking of holidays 
and lazy days on the sand:

sand dollar biscuits

you will need ....

225g softened butter
550g caster sugar
375g plain flour
1½ tsp baking powder
2 eggs 
another egg ~ separated
half tsp vanilla extract
some granulated sugar mixed with ground cinnamon for sprinkling
some flaked almonds
firstly I halved these ingredients using one egg 
and one separated, as we didn't need
a handy half ton of cookies to eat!
{this made 12 huge crumbly yums}

in a large bowl, mix the caster sugar and butter
together with an electric whisk {or by hand}
until light and fluffy
add the whole egg and the egg yolk and mix well
now sprinkle in the vanilla extract
then add the baking powder and flour
mixing to a doughy ball
wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for an hour or so

now preheat your oven to 190°c/ gas 5
line some baking trays with greaseproof paper

roll out your dough either between two pieces of
cling film {easier as it's quite a sticky dough}
or onto a well floured side
roll out to about 1cm thick then start cutting out
your biscuits
I used the largest cutter I had!
put onto your baking trays, reshaping the
offcuts to re-roll and cut out more
mix the granulated sugar with some ground cinnamon
brush each biscuit with the egg white
and sprinkle with this sugar
push 5 almond flakes onto each biscuit 
and bake for about 5 minutes ....
take them out and carefully push 
the almonds gently into biscuits again
then bake for another 10 minutes
or until golden
cool on a rack
will keep for 3~4 days in an airtight tin
pass the suncream!