Double Vanilla Biscuits Recipe

Double Vanilla Biscuits Recipe

Introduction

Whatever the time of year or day of the week, these double vanilla(ry) biscuits can always be relied on to accompany a nice cup of Earl Grey and five minutes of thinking time.

Yield: 30 individual biscuits (15 pairs)
Preparation time: 20 minutes plus resting time
Cooking time: 10 minutes plus cooling time

Ingredients

  • 115g caster sugar
  • 65g polyunsaturated margarine
  • 1 small egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp LittlePod vanilla paste
  • 175g plain flour
  • 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp LittlePod vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (ish) hot water

Method

  1. Mix the sugar and margarine in a large bowl with an electric whisk until it is smooth.
  2. Add the egg, golden syrup, lemon juice and vanilla paste and whisk some more.
  3. In another bowl, sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and mixed spice and mix.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the first bowl a little at a time, beating thoroughly. You’re aiming for a stiff dough, so if your mixing isn’t making any difference, sift some more flour in a little at a time.
  5. Divide this dough into two balls and wrap each ball in cling film. Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4.
  7. Lightly spray 2 baking trays with cooking spray.
  8. Lightly flour your worktop and knead the two balls of dough together again. Then roll it evenly, so it’s about 0.5cm thick all over.
  9. Use your cute biscuit cutter and transfer them over to the trays, leaving a gap of at least 2cm between each shape.
  10. Re-roll and repeat to use as much of the dough as possible.
  11. Put in the oven for about 8 minutes, check and turn after 5min. You want them to be an even golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  12. When the biscuits are completely cooled, mix the LittlePod vanilla extract and icing sugar to make a delicious vanilla icing.
  13. Use an icing bag, pipe some of the icing on the back of one biscuit and cover with another biscuit (back-to-back line a sandwich).
  14. Place the biscuits in an airtight container for up to 4 days, if they last that long!

Recipe notes

These biscuits go particularly well with a nice cup of Earl Grey. Might we suggest this one from Witney & Mason.