A Winter Cooking Day

Winter has blown in with a blast today – we are notably soft in this part of the world, with a 12° C day treated with gasps of horror and uncontrollable shivering. Inside, my fire is blazing, my itunes is playing a rolling mix on my stereo and in between playing games with my daughter, housework and writing, I am cooking. I am testing recipes for a cookbook the P&C of my son’s school (of which I am secretary) is putting together for a fundraiser. The idea for this cookbook came about when I found an old recipe book compiled for the school’s centenary, and it is these recipes that we are testing. This particular recipe came from the Reunion section, contributed by previous students in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. I nearly didn’t cook it at all, because it used quite a different technique than I am used to. I’m glad I did 🙂

Lemon Soda Biscuits

(makes about 50)

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

                       3 cups plain flour

                       250g butter

                       1 cup of sugar

                       1/2 cup milk

                       1 tsp bicarb soda

                       Juice of 1/2 large lemon

Method: Combine sugar, milk and bicarb soda in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Process flour and butter until crumbly and add milk mixture and lemon juice to form a sticky dough. Cover and let cool in the fridge for 1/2 hour until cooled and thickened. Using two teaspoons, put teaspoonfuls of mixture onto lined tray, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 10 – 15  minutes @ 180º C or until lightly golden. Cool on racks.

The recipe I was using said that you could join the biscuits together with jam and icing. Well, you could, but I didn’t have icing sugar :). And they were perfect as they were in their simplicity – light, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, with a subtle lemon flavour. This recipe is in for sure!

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