Sunday, 16 December 2012

spiced honey biscuits

It's getting dangerously close to christmas. It is only one week away. ONE WEEK. Uh-oh. 

In my mind Christmas is long, warm nights singing carols in a sandstone church. 
Christmas is a mix of relief that exams are over and panic that the quartet item isn't sorted. 
Christmas is making gingerbread houses like a pro.
Christmas is still, warm-white fairy lights - none of these flashy, coloured lights, please.
Christmas is wearing stupid little paper hats and shamelessly listening to Celine Dion's christmas album. (okay, there is a little shame) 
Christmas is pavlova and family fights over Nan's cheesecake.
Christmas is baking in mass and sharing the love! 

Spiced Honey Biscuits

2 cups self-raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon mixed spice
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 cup caster sugar
125g butter, chilled, cubed
1/2 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line your baking trays with baking paper.

2. Sift together the flour, bicarb soda, mixed spice and ginger. Add caster sugar and mix together.

3. Add the butter and work it in with your hands until it resembles breadcrumbs.

4. Heat honey in a microwave for 10-15 seconds so that it is warm and runny. Mix it into the butter and flour mixture and knead it into a soft, crumbly dough.

5. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out the dough and place onto the prepared baking trays. Sprinkle them with raw sugar.

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Transfer them to a wire rack to let them cool. Eat them straight away or package them up in a cute little jar and give them away!

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