Lemon Biscuits – At The Delightful Hub on The Green, Exeter
Some residents of Exeter will know (although some may not yet have discovered), there is a not-quite-secret, but quite well hidden, gem on the Cathedral Green. A beautiful and architecturally wonderful room is at 8 Cathedral Close – with carvings of Angels on the ceiling, but actually what is even more delightful is the happenings at the wonderful Hub on the Green.
Here many groups meet from Parents and Babies, to Knitters and Crafters and those learning Tai Chi, Pilates and Singing (to name but a few). At noon there is coffee on the stove, tea in the pot and cake or biscuits on the table for all who want a cuppa, a chat and a chill out in a friendly environment. From perfect flapjacks (recipe a well-kept secret!) to marmalade cake, tried and tested treats await you – and lemon biscuits are amongst the favourites
This Lemon biscuit recipe is a shared secret from the Hub on the Green
I have been very honoured to have been given some of the recipes to share with you, (but some alas will remain secret forever!) So while I have permission, I will share some of the recipes for the delightful fare from time to time.
How The Lemon Biscuits Came Into Being
Before the Hub on the Green came to Exeter, Joey (the owner) ran a cafe and many of the recipes she serves here were made for the cafe and have passed the taste test of her customers She says of the recipe
‘From the first day, we made these biscuits, every tea or coffee had a heart shaped lemon biscuit on the side. Then for our sanity we varied the shapes.. cars, trains, bats (yes really!) and butterfies.’
I’m afraid, when I made them, I just made them round – but clearly these biscuits work in any shape! So roll out the dough and have fun!
The recipe also notes that this must be made with butter!! However if you do try an alternative, do comment to let us know the results.
Biscuits really are easy to make, and are much less costly than packets you buy in a homemade stye, or premium type cookies. And like any food you make from scratch with good basic ingredients, you know exactly what goes int it and know there is nothing artificial. Plus you get the wonderful aroma of fresh baking which fills your kitchen – and you may even experience the feeling of being a domestic god or goddess too!
I made about 30 biscuits with this dough. Obviously it depends on how big you make your biscuits, and how thin you cut them. They do spread out a bit in the oven, so leave a gap between them on the baking tray
Because the dough needs to be chilled twice, you will need about two hours in total to make the biscuits but you can make them in short bursts at different times of the day as they can be left in the fridge for much longer than 30 minutes if required.
Makes about 30 biscuits
- 150g / 5oz butter, softened
- 150g /5 oz caster sugar
- 1 grated rind of 1 lemon
- 1 egg
- 225g /8oz plain flour
- Grease 2 baking trays
- Put the butter, sugar, lemon rind, egg and flour in a bowl
- Mic together until it has formed a smooth dough
- Put in a plastic bag or wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Roll the dough into a sausage shape about 5cm (2 inches) in diameter
- Place in plastic bag or cling film and chill for at least another 30 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C
- Slice the ‘sausage’ into 5mm thick rounds
- Place on the baking tray
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until golden
- Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool
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