Thursday, 13 November 2014

Orange and Cinnamon take the biscuit

 Orange and Cinnamon Biscuits
Grandma always made the most of spices in her baking to enhance the flavour and cut down on the need for sugar. These biscuits tick all the boxes for aroma with the fragrance of orange and cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of those very useful spices as it adds flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes and it’s even said to have a beneficial effect on health by reducing blood pressure.

Here is a family recipe from Gill which Grandma would have really enjoyed. These Orange and Cinnamon Biscuits are very easy to bake and make a welcome treat at any time of year!

Orange and Cinnamon Biscuits
2 tsps cinnamon
8oz/225g self raising flour
4oz/110g butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp golden syrup
1oz/25g soft brown sugar
1 egg beaten
Zest and juice of 1 orange

Sift the flour into a bowl and mix in the cinnamon. Melt the butter, honey, golden syrup in a pan with the sugar. Allow to cool slightly and then add this to the flour. Add the beaten egg and then the orange zest and juice. Mix well to combine. Place small teaspoonfuls of the mixture on baking trays about 5 cms/2 inches apart. Bake in a preheated oven  180C/Mark 4/350F for 10-12 minutes until brown at the edges. The mixture makes around 30 biscuits.

Meryl’s tip : These biscuits are very tempting but if you leave them to cool the flavour of the orange and cinnamon intensifies even more! Let me know what you think!

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