How The Lemon Biscuits Came Into Being
This lemon biscuit recipe was given to me by a lady that ran a 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 style, 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.
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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
plasterers bristol says
Just delcious. Amything lemon, one of my faves this. Thanks .
Connie OI says
Made these again today. Tasty and easy!
Made these biscuits today,very easy to make and quick,absolutely delicious they did,nt last very long all gone well worth making.
Thank you for saying how much you enjoyed them – think its time I made them again – actually – you’ve got me wanting some now!
Cordula Buesch says
I just made them and they taste fantastic! I used the rind of two limes instead of lemon rind, as I wanted to use them up. Most of the biscuits I served to my flatmates and they were all gone before they had a chance to cool down 🙂
Glad you enjoyed them so much – and it’s a great idea to use lime instead of lemon 🙂
Thank you for that tip, Joey, and for sharing this fab recipe – I shall bring some biscuits into the Hub (if there are any left (!)
Joey lee says
Lovely Penny. We always had lemon oil in the cupboard (the real oil not flavouring) so if we ran out of lemons we could use this and the biscuits still tasted great. I still keep lemon oil at home for emergencies. Gabriel from Luscombe Organic Drinks taught me this trick. Lemon oil can’t replace lemon juice but it can replace lemon zest in recipes. It comes in different strengths so a bit of experimenting will give you the equivalent to the zest of one lemon for the particular oil you are using.