Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A Bit of Baking - Crunchy Pawprint Biscuits

For a change, a quick piece about my favourite biscuit recipe. These remind me of the prints left on soft surfaces by cats, hence the name. The recipe is based on, and adapted from, one from Biscuits by Miranda Gore Browne, although the name is my own.
The quantities given make about 20-22 biscuits. Preparation takes 15-20 minutes, and baking 12-15. It's easy to manage, and needs no 'rubbing in' of butter with flour. The oven will need to be at 175C, and two baking trays should be ready, lined with parchment.

Pawprint Crunchy Biscuits

160g butter, warmed until just melting
160g caster sugar
Half teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten lightly
150g plain flour plus a separate teaspoonful
35g desiccated coconut
75g jam (strawberry is good) or marmalade
Not the best pic, but there were only
these two left by the time I took it!
1  Put the butter, sugar and vanilla extract into a medium bowl and beat well until mixed
          to a very even consistency.
2  While still beating the mixture, add in the egg. Stir in the 150g of flour and coconut and
          mix to a soft, sticky dough. If it's very wet, mix in another level tablespoon of flour.
3  Place balls of the dough (about the size of a walnut in its shell) well apart on the baking
4  Dipping your thumb into the extra flour each time (to avoid sticking), make a deep dent 
          in each ball, then fill the dents with the jam or marmalade.
5  Bake for 12-15 minutes until the biscuits are golden - keep an eye on them because
          they will quickly overcook around the edges. 
6  Once cold, keep any left over in a tin - they last well like that.

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