Monday 19 March 2018


When I posted a pic of Scottish faves 'Empire Biscuits' on the FB fan page recently, Helen commented to tell me they were a lot like a cookie called 'Lancashire Nuts'. She's kindly agreed to share here recipe here... yum!

Helen says:
8oz. Self-raising flour
4oz. Caster sugar
4oz. Butter
2 tbls. Currants
1 egg (beaten)
1 lemon (rind AND juice)

Also... buttercream icing for the middle, and water icing for the top, plus sugar swirls, sweets or glace cherries to finish!

- Pre-heat the oven at approx. 180℃.
- Mix the flour and sugar in a large bowl and rub in the butter until like breadcrumbs, then add the grated rind of the lemon and mix into a stiff paste with the beaten egg and the lemon juice.
- Finally, add the currants and mix in well.
- Roll out thinly and cut into rounds with a scone cutter - the recipe makes approximately forty, and you'll need two rounds for each cake.
- Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven for about 15 mins... or until golden brown!
- Instead of lemon juice I  like to put vanilla in, but they also taste good with coconut. You can be creative and ring the changes!
- So that's the basic biscuit recipe, then all you do is sandwich the cooled biscuit rounds together with a little butter cream, ice the top and decorate with whatever you like! 

Cathy says:
These are going straight onto my 'to make' list... better than a biscuit, not as wicked as a cake! (Well, maybe!) Do YOU love to bake? Share your fave recipe ideas in a COMMENT BELOW... I may invite my faves to tell us more on DREAMCATCHER!

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