Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Nigella's cut out biscuits

Today Miss P is coming to you from my friend Beth's kitchen! Toby and I had a lovely morning making biscuits with her and two of her beautiful boys, Henry and Hugo. Beth has a lovely big kitchen that can fit in an old pine table, a sofa and a fireplace, and opens out onto her garden. A perfect place to hang out and let the boys run wild!

We used a classic Nigella biscuit recipe. I've simplified it here, but you can find the full recipe in her book Feast. She also makes an icing, but I think that would have just been too messy for us to handle this morning! You'll need:

90g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional)

To make the dough, cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and stir thoroughly. In a seperate bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to combine. Use your hands to press and form into a ball of dough. Flatten into a flat circle shape, wrap in cling film an put in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Pre-heat oven to 180'C/Gas 4.

Roll out your dough to 1/2 cm thickness and have fun cutting into shapes.

Lay out onto a greased baking tray (leaving room inbetween as they'll spread). Cook for 8-10 minutes or, as our dear Nigella says "until tinged a pronounced golden around the edges".

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