Last week I baked for a tea party at the school where I work as a teaching assistant. My friend and work colleague was retiring from her post and we held a special party for her in the afternoon. The children had made sandwiches and decorated cupcakes and I decided to bake some biscuits along with the large celebration cake. As I looked through the biscuit chapter of How To Be A Domestic Goddess I wanted to choose something which wasn’t too overpowering and would be fairly simple to bake. This was to be my Biscuit chapter recipe for my Cooking The Books challenge this month.
In the recipe introduction Nigella says “This is a rather sweeping description of those shortbready swirls punctuated by glace cherries that you see everywhere in Italy, mostly sold by weight.” I saw some of these pretty biscuits for sale when my hubby and I went to the Italian Lakes nearly two years ago. I didn’t buy any as I don’t tend to crave biscuits and sweet things (only maybe ice cream) on holiday in warmer climates. But I did think they looked rather pretty, they reminded me of a cross between melting moments and Viennese Whirls!
So here is how I made them:
At this point I felt the dough was a bit stiff to pipe with and I wondered how on earth I would get it through the piping nozzle.I managed after a little bit of wrestling with the bag though. What did surprise me was how the recipe said it made 40 cookies, I couldn’t even get 20 out of the dough. I tried piping small but maybe it was due to the mixture being a bit stiff and me being over generous with the sizes.
I was impressed with the overall flavour and appearance of the biscuits. I sneaked one at the tea party even though I’m meant to be dieting. You could taste the lemon flavour without it overpowering the flavour. They were a winner at the tea party and I’m definitely going to make them again. They would make lovely gifts wrapped up in a cellophane bag tied with pretty ribbon for birthdays or Christmas.
Love Sam xx