Sunday, 29 March 2015

Cardamom and rose water biscuits

These biscuits give a subtle hint of rosewater and cardamom, with a buttery rich texture. They're also easy and to make for a quick treat. If you don't like rosewater, or, as an alternative, cardamom and orange would be a great combination. Just replace the tablespoon of rose water with orange water or even fresh orange juice and zest. 

These biscuits can also make great gifts if you have some nice tissue paper / gift box to put them in, and you could always add icing on top.

Cardamom and rose water biscuits 

Ingredients (makes about 12 small biscuits):
150g self raising flour
75g butter
50g caster sugar
1 tbsp rose water
1 egg yolk
1tsp of ground cardamom (If you've not used cardamom before, they come in pods. you need to crack open the pod and remove the seeds which you can grind with a pestle and mortar. To get about a teaspoon worth, you'll need about 5 or 6 pods.)

Method:

1. Rub the butter and flour together with your fingers in a mixing bowl until you get a breadcrumb texture.
2. Beat the egg yolk in a separate bowl then stir into the flour mixture.
3. Mix in the sugar, cardamom and rosewater until you have a dough texture. 
4. If the mixture is still dry, add a bit of milk 
5. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for 30 mins
6. Roll the dough out on a floured surface - it should be about half a cm thick. 
7. Cut into whatever shapes you like with cookie cutters.
8. Place on a baking tray that has a sheet of baking paper on
bake at 180 degrees for around 10-15 minutes but be careful to check they don't burn depending on your oven.
9. Set aside to cool. 

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