YES GUYS, it's that time of the year again, the time when Great British Bake off returns to our screen, giving us an hour of absolute delight every Tuesday evenings. I only became aware of the show last year and have since watched every episode screen, maybe even more than once (total addict). I have already been left inspired to have an attempt at Angel food cake and perhaps even try one of the impressive showstoppers (they ain't called showstoppers for nuttin' you know). But for now, I shall just stick to the basic things I do know about baking. Biscuits. Does anybody know what a Linzer biscuit is? Named after the city of Linz, Austria they are more commonly associated with christmastime and they are my favourite thing to order whenever I pay Costa a visit. It's basically two biscuits sandwiched together with a good helping of jam in between, traditionally the biscuit has a heart shape cut-out in the middle, it's what I wanted to initially attempt but lacking a mini heart shaped cut-out, I improvised with a circular one. They also remind me of the British biscuit; Jammy Dodgers (practically a British classic, up there with the "Nice" biscuit, the "Tunnock's" and the "Bourbon") which also have a mini heart shaped cut-out, heart or no heart however they tasted SO good. Original recipe was found here.
Here's what you shall need if you wish to have a go yourself:
275g unsalted butter, softened
130g caster sugar
250g sifted plain flour
250g ground almonds
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
100g raspberry jam
5 tablespoons icing sugar for decoration
1. Cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, the almonds and cinnamon, and continue beating.
2. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in greaseproof paper or cling film and refrigerate it for about one hour. This is necessary as the dough is then much easier to handle.
3. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3.
4. On a floured surface, roll about half the dough into a sheet 3mm thick. With a biscuit cutter, cut as many circles from the sheet as you can. The leftover scraps of dough can then be rolled out again and additional circles can be cut out.
5. Repeat the rolling and cutting process with the other half of the dough, but of course the centre of each circle must be cut out with a smaller cutter, either a circle or a heart will do-or any other shape for that matter! Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until light brown.
6. Once the biscuits are cool, spread a good amount of jam on the solid circles, lay a cutout biscuit on top of each, pressing together and sprinkle with icing sugar. Ta-daaa! Enjoy thy biscuit!