Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Orange and Pistachio Biscuits

I made up this recipe earlier today, and it may already be my new favourite biscuit recipe! It's a really good combination of flavours, and as rich and buttery as shortbread should be, but the texture is added to with the crunch of the nuts and slight chewiness of the orange zest.

This is another video blog, but I'll just write out some quick instructions so you don't have to keep replaying the video if you want to make them.

Here's the video:

And here are the instructions:

You will need:
250g plain flour
75g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter
60g roughly chopped pistachios
50g dark chocolate
grated zest of one large orange
dash of Cointreau

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Rub the butter into the flour and sugar with your fingertips in a large bowl.
2. Add the zest and nuts and mix through, then add the Cointreau and knead the mixture into a ball.
3. Roll out the ball to half a cm thickness, then cut out the biscuits with a biscuit cutter and place them on a lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
4. In the meantime, melt 50g dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Let cool a little and then spoon into a piping bag.
5. Take out the biscuits and allow them to cool on a wire rack.
6. When the biscuits are cool, drizzle them with the dark chocolate.
7. Devour.


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