Friday, 9 May 2014

Australian Biscuit

I found this biscuit mixture in a vintage book called Australian Women's: Complete Household Guide Illustrated. It is a vintage book maybe late sixties(?) and appears to be a sort of Home Economics book with all sorts of helpful household information such as building a home, gardening, baby section, garden, crafts, sewing, cooking, jobs for teenagers, how to write letters and so on.... It may be dated in language but the common sense information still is good for today.
 
In the cookery section was this gem, which I had to try. I found it very easy and produced a good range of simple old fashioned biscuit I like. With my mixture I made some plain vanilla, jam drops, and peanut butter ones.
 
Foundation Biscuit Mixture
 
4oz. flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder ( You can use self raising flour and omitt the baking powder)
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water
2 oz. butter
2.oz. caster sugar
Flavoring
 
Preheat a moderate oven (200 deg.) and prepare one or two well greased trays. Cream the butter and sugar well and add egg yoke and flavouring. Add sifted flour, stirring with the back of a wooden spoon to a stiff dough. Turn on to a lightly floured board knead lightly and cut/shape into required shapes, place on a greased tray. Glaze with beaten egg white. Cook in moderate oven from 7-15 minutes according to biscuit combination.
 
Plain vanilla, lemon or orange or spice biscuits may be made from the above. Also almond fingers, date rolls, plain nut biscuits, ect.
 

Definetly a Granny recipe to keep and very good for the frugal home.

I hope everyone is has a good time with whatever it is you are doing.

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