In an effort to change the mood of things around here today (oh yes, grumpy was reigning supreme, the little people that is), I decided that afternoon tea outdoors was in order. Â I love baking, but don’t make a lot of things for the kids with sugar. Â Ah, but of course there are always exceptions! Â Today was one of them. Â I flicked through a biscuit recipe book I had on the shelf, but nothing seemed right. Â So what do I do, I make up a recipe instead.
These biscuits are very quick to make and have a slight cake like centre and a crunchy outer. Â Best of all, they aren’t too laden with sugar. Â They disappeared off the plate in a matter of minutes. Â It certainly changed the mood and made the afternoon much more pleasant indeed.
I was going to call these biscuits, Citrus Spelt Biscuits, but really, that sounds terrible. Â Munch away the grumps is so much more fitting, don’t you think?
(makes approx. 20 biscuits)
1 cup white spelt flour
1/2 tsp bi-carb of soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
zest of 1 orange
Cream butter, sugar and essence. Â Add egg and beat until combined. Â Mix in zest, sifted flour, bi-carb, cream of tartar & milk. Â Stir until well combined.
Spoon teaspoonfuls of mixture onto lined and greased oven trays. Â Bake in moderate oven for approximately 10-12 minutes. Â Remove from oven and cool slightly before turning the biscuits onto a cooling rack.
- If you want a crunchier biscuit, omit the tablespoon of milk.
- Add the zest of 1 lemon for a slightly different flavour.