Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Citron Breakfast Biscuit

A new breakfast treat
Citron topped biscuits

As  I am sitting at the computer typing this, the plate of biscuits is near me and I can smell the lemon from them. I have to resist temptation since I have already eaten one after dinner and my tummy is already too large :)  Today was the first warm spring day we have had and I enjoyed opening the windows and baking with the fresh air coming in.  Unfortunately, I know that this perfect temperature will not last and soon we will be sweltering in summer heat.
Anyway, here is the recipe.
 
250 grams flour
13 grams baking powder
30 grams sugar
 3 grams salt
zest of 1 lemon
90 grams unsalted butter
20 grams lemon juice
1 egg (mixed)
110 grams fresh cream
2 lemons for decoration
 
1. Thinly slice the 2 lemons and put in a sauce pan with 2 tablespoons sugar and just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes. Strain and dry on a paper towel.
 
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and mix with the flour using either a dough scraper or with your fingers (use a food processor if you have one). When well mixed, add the sugar, salt, lemon zest & juice and mix. Add in the egg and cream. Mix until everything is well combined. Put on a board and lightly knead together. Form into a ball and cover with wrap. Put in the refrigerator for 20 - 30 minutes before using.
 
3. To prepare, lightly flour a flat surface. Take the dough and use your hand to flatten it to about 3 cm. Use a small circle (about 5 -6 cm) to cut the each piece. As you have extra dough, roll into a ball again and flatten to cut more pieces. Put each piece on baking sheet.
 
4. Before baking, brush each piece with milk and place a slice of the lemon on top. Sprinkle each lemon piece with sugar. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes until lightly browned.
 
Brush with milk before
putting the lemon slice on top
then sprinkle with sugar before baking

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