Monday, July 12, 2010

Butter Spice Biscuits with Rose Petals

Now that we are stocking a range of Herbies herbs & spices I am experimenting with many of their products. I love them. They are so fresh, fragrant & affordable.

I made a lovely batch of Lavendar Friands, using Herbies Lavendar Flowers. My next batch of Lavendar & Lemon Friands were very tasty, but all except one stuck to the pan. I will write up the recipe for the straight Lavendar Friands & post it shortly.

I have also made a beautiful batch of "Butter Spice Biscuits with Rose Petals", this recipe uses a minimal number of ingredients, but the quality of the ingredients is important.

250g unsalted butter, softened & cubed
160g pure icing sugar, sifted
375g plain flour (organic preferred), sifted
2 teaspoons "Herbies" Fragrant Sweet Spices with Rose Petals

1. Using an electric mixer & a large bowl cream butter & icing sugar, with mixer still running add Sweet Spices, beat for another 10 seconds.
2. Using a wooden spoon stir in flour in two batches until a dough just forms.
3. On a clean, cool, lightly floured surface (granite or marble are best) knead dough until smooth. Divide dough into 4 equal size "balls".
4. Working with one "ball" at a time, (place other "balls" into fridge while working), roll ball into a log shape, wrap in plastic wrap & refrigerate for at least 1hr. Repeat with other 3 "balls".
5. While dough logs are chilling, pre-heat oven to 180 degrees, line oven tray(s) with baking paper.
6. Using a serrated (bread) knife slice logs into 1cm rounds, place on trays leaving enough room for some spreading.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, allow to cool on tray for a few minutes then transfer to wire racks.

These are best enjoyed with a good quality cup of tea or coffee.

Dough logs can be frozen for up to 3 months, thaw in fridge before slicing & baking as above.
Don't overwork the mixture - too much beating/kneading results in a tough biscuit

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