Gluten-free Easter Biscuits

3 Apr

We ought to be able to enjoy some seasonal treats. You might be able to get Hot Cross buns in supermarkets now, but precious little else related to Easter. So why don’t you try my recipe for Gluten-Free Easter Biscuits? I’m biased- but these taste divine. The smell when opening the biscuit tin is akin to the smell of baked bread for me, something I miss greatly!

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Ingredients

  • 110g/4oz caster sugar, plus extra for dusting

  • 110g/4oz unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

  • 1 free-range egg, separated into yolk & white (I found I didn’t need all of the white to brush the tops with)

  • 225g/8oz gluten free plain flour, sieved (This time I’m trying out Asda’s own brand)

  • good pinch mixed spice

  • 55g/2oz currants (However, I didn’t have any, so I used up some of the mixed dried fruit left over from the Christmas cake)

  • 30g/1oz cut mixed peel

  • 3 tbsp milk (I didn’t need to add anymore than this to bring the dough together, despite it being gluten-free)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven 160C/325F/Gas 3. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. I use my Kenwood mixer. Beat in the egg yolk until well combined.
  3. Mix the flour in, then stir in the mixed spice, currants and candied peel. Add enough milk to form a stiff dough and give one final mix.
  4. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface and cut out the biscuits with a fluted cutter. It’s a little bit sticky, so flour the cutter before each cut and use a palette knife to transfer to the baking sheet. Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the biscuits from the oven, brush with the reserved egg white, sprinkle with sugar and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes,  until pale golden-brown.
  6. Remove the biscuits from the oven and set the trays aside to cool on a wire rack. Leave for 5 minutes, before transferring with a palette knife to cool completely on the wire rack. If you move them sooner they will crack or break as they are very short and fragile.
  7. Taste. I guarantee these won’t last longer than Easter Day!
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