Friday 8 July 2011

Recipe - Greek nutty biscuits

Mick isn't a sweet tooth and I don't need sweets so I don't have a lot of sweet recipes!  But, occasionally I stumble across something that I think he'll like.  A friend gave me a plate with a few nutty biscuits she'd made and they were really good.  Mick liked them but he said he'd prefer to not have them dipped in icing sugar. I asked her for the recipe and now have it jotted down on a piece of paper with very abbreviated instructions.  I've made them twice now and they've worked out well.

Now I have no idea what these are called but I think they are a variation of Greek biscuits shaped as crescents.

Makes lots.

  • 200g butter (chopped)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp grated orange rind (I use double that amount)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour ***
  • 2 cups crushed nuts (a mixture works best - almonds, cashews, macadamias, walnuts... any!)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Extra icing sugar to dust them
*** I've made these again since posting this recipe and this time I used what I'd typed here.  I think I made a typo on the flour quantity!  This time the dough was much moister and the biscuits turned out much flatter and a little more crumbly.  They taste just as good.  I think it should have been 2 1/2 cups of SR flour.  Sorry!!
    • Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
    • Cream the butter, orange rind and icing sugar.
    • Mix in the egg and the egg yolk.
    • Combine the rest of the ingredients (except the extra icing sugar) and add to the wet mixture.
    • Mix it well and form it into a dough.
    • Press the dough out flat (I make it between half to one centimetre - my instructions don't say).
    • Use a glass to cut out "bites" from the dough. Put aside the first piece you cut out because that won't be a crescent but then keep taking cuts that should then be a crescent shape.  When you complete a row start again.  Put scraps together and press flat to make a few more.
    • Line a tray with baking paper and lay crescents on tray with a small space between for spreading.  It make 2 trays.
    • Bake for about 15 minutes or just colouring.  
    • While warm, roll them in icing sugar on a plate.  (We don't do this - we cool them and then just dip the top in icing sugar and brush off excess so they aren't so sweet.)

    1 comment:

    Carol said...

    they sound delicious!