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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Easter Biscuits

Easter biscuits are made across Britain and traditionally they are served after church on Easter Sunday. They are presented tide in a bundle of three to represent the Holy Trinity.



These little biscuits are part of our traditional heritage here at Easter in Britain and eaten alongside ‘hot cross buns’, ‘Simnel cake’, and abundant quantities of chocolate being in the form of Chocolate Easter Eggs. It's also tradition in my household to have a ‘Easter Nest Chocolate Cake’ .





If you are lucky, you may even find Easter Bunny hiding his Chocolate Easter Eggs for children armed with little baskets to go ‘Easter Egg Hunting’, seeking out Easter Bunnies chocolate Eggs and collecting them to eat, oh what fun!




Easter Biscuits

They will keep well for a week in an airtight container.

Makes around 18-20

Ingredients
150g (5 oz) softened butter
125g (4½ oz) caster sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks
250g (9 oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp mixed spice
40g (1½ oz) currants
10g (½ oz) mixed citrus peel

You will also need 2 large baking trays lined with non-stick parchment paper. 7cm (3 in) fluted round cutter.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest together until fluffy and light in colour. Beat in the egg yolks until fully incorporated, and then beat in all the remaining ingredients until it forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to about 5mm (approx ¼ in) thickness. Cut out rounds of biscuits with 7cm (3 in) fluted round cutter, re-rolling the trimmings until all used up. Place onto the prepared baking trays leaving a little space apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes until pale and golden. Sprinkle with a little caster sugar over each biscuit from the oven and then leave on a wire rack to fully cool. Stack into a bunch of three and tie each stack with a ribbon to serve and represent the Holy Trinity.

Lastly, sit back in wonder of what delights you have created, and sample these heavenly creations with a glass of cold milk....mmmmmmmm.


45 comments:

natalia said...

Ciao Rosie ! Thanks for passing by, you are very dear.
These cookies must be wonderful !!

Jeena said...

These are adorable - especially with those little cute chicks.

I love the way you presented them.

They remind me a little of some shrewsberry biscuits I used to cook some years ago....now I am going to reminisce. :-)

Maria♥ said...

Rosie, these are adorable! I made Easter Biscuits last year and would like to make them again this year but I have a hundred other things to bake too..lol

Maria
x

pinkstripes said...

Your cookies look wonderful and delicious. I hope you have a great Easter (and it looks like you will with all these treats).

♥Rosie♥ said...

Hi Natalia, I was so relieved to read you were ok after the earthquake in Italy!!

Hi Jeena, yes you are so right they are very similar to shrewsberry biscuits – I’m pleased I revoked memories for you :0)

Hi Maria, I know just what you mean about the hundred and one things to bake. Have a Simnel Cake here half done ready to marzipan and lots of recipes printed off but not sure if I’ll get all my bookmarked recipes completed for Easter.

Hi pinkstripes, awe thanks!!

Thanks ladies for calling by and as always for your lovely comments :0)

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

Best wishes Rosie x

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Really tempting and so pretty! I love these cookies!

Cheers and Happy easter!

Rosa

Rachel said...

pretty biscuits..

Antonia said...

Ooh - I remember having similar biscuits at Easter when I was little. I wish I had time to bake these for our Easter, but I fear it is going to be a bit too busy this weekend. I'll just have to admire yours from afar!

Ann said...

Cute biscuites for easter Rosie...great time and yummy presentation...Happy easter to you and family..

C said...

These look lovely Rosie. I find it really difficult to make biscuits but yours look fab, especially all parcelled up in bundles of three!

Tracey said...

These look lovely, Rosie and so well-presented as always-love the cute Easter chicks!

Bunny said...

I love learning about traditions, these no doubt are gobbled up in a hurry!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Aww the pictures are so cute!

alskamom said...

Your pictures are so cute, Rosie...and the biscuits look yummy!

Donna said...

I'm needing some SERIOUS cookie over here!!!Hahaaa....WoWWW!!...and a cuppa coffe please...hughughugs

Uma said...

mmm. cute cookies! looks so mouth-watering. Those little chicks are so pretty! Happy Easter Rosie!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Lovely biscuits and an interesting read. I didn't know about Easter biscuits Your pics are beautiful

Heather said...

Lovely biscuits. I have been wanting to make these for a long time, now I have a nice recipe. Chicks are absolutely darling.

Cakelaw said...

Great looking burgers! I love the addition of the corn - I imagine this would make the patties sweet and juicy.

Cakelaw said...

Lovely looking biscuits Rosie, and those chicks are so sweet. Happy Easter!!

Ingrid said...

Okay, those chickees are sooooo cute! Love how you tied the cookies up with the ribbon.

Happy Easter!
~ingrid

Sally said...

So vey pretty and yummy looking.
Happy Easter to you dear Rosie. Hope you are feeling better too.

Mary said...

very nice and delicious...happy Easter!

sowmya said...

looks so good..i loved the pictures..

Coleen's Recipes said...

A very festive presentation!! HAPPY EASTER from Alaska.

Aparna said...

I never knew about these biscuits being an Easter tradition, Rosie. They sound delightful.

Happy Easter.

Anne said...

Those biscuits look delicious, I love your pictures with the little chickies!

Hornsfan said...

Rosie, those chicks are too cute! I love the thought/tradition that goes with these biscuits, very cool. Have a wonderful Easter :)

A_and_N said...

I knew you were in Britain the minute I saw those cookies because you called them 'biscuits' and not 'cookies' :) So that brings back a lot of memories from India too :) The biscuits look lovely Rosie! Wish you a very happy and fun filled easter :)

Half Baked said...

I love the little chicks! so cute:) great looking biscuits too!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

This sounds interesting, and they certainly look delicious!

n33ma said...

I didnt know that biscuits are an easter tradition....those chicks look so cute..

tastymealsathome.com said...

HEHE super cute :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Thanks my friends and as always so nice to *see* you here :0)

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter...

Best wishes Rosie xoxox

Elyse said...

Oh, Rosie! These Easter biscuits are just precious. Precious and delicious!

Sophie said...

Your easter cakes are so sweet :), and these cookies are tasty. I love the holiday theme you have going on!

Nicisme said...

They look super Rosie, I've never ade them before.

Nickki said...

Those biscuits look delicious Rosie and so beautifully presented! I'm making Easter sugar cookies this morning, if I have time I might just make a batch of these too :)

Snooky doodle said...

yummy these look like such nice treat :)

The Caked Crusader said...

I made Easter biscuits too - aren't they delicious!

Gourmet Gifts said...

Oh these would be great for a baby shower. Your ideas are absolutely fabulous.

Annie said...

Its really delicious!! Ñamm!! I love your blog.
A kiss from spain ;o)

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