Saturday, 8 March 2014

Recipe issues - Lemon Biscuits

Recipie courtesy of [Simon Howden] /

I've been having some issues recently with recipes. Or with recipes omitting ingredients.

There was the near Welsh Cake fiasco from the other day. (I added milk!)

Then last night, I made some Lemon Biscuits which asked you to mix the butter and flour and lemon rind and then add the sugar to form a dough. And a note saying don't add water. Now, it may just have been me but there was no way of rolling out said dough when it just kept crumbling. So I added some lemon juice and then some milk.

Dough problem sorted!

They rolled out lovely and they taste delicious.

Recipe for Lemon Biscuits (with added BNM extras)

  • 175 g plain flour
  • 1 finely lemon, grated zest only
  • 110 g soft butter
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ gas 4.
  • 2. Put the flour and lemon rind into a mixing bowl and rub in the soft butter.
  • 3. Add the caster sugar and bring the whole mixture together to form a stiff dough. Do not add any water, however tempting. If you have the same problem as I did then add a dash of lemon juice (from bottle is fine) and a small bit of milk to bind the dough together! If you don't get the same problem I did please let me know what the hell I did wrong!
  • 4. Roll out the dough to about ½ cm thickness and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter.
  • 5. Place carefully on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 6-10 minutes until pale golden.
  • 6. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

What staples do you rely on when recipes go wrong? Or don't seem to work?