Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Orange Highlanders

Recently I’ve got into a baking routine of doing all my baking at the weekend – one bigger, main recipe such as a showy cake or elegant tart, and then one recipe for happy snacking during the week. Muffins, flapjacks, tablet – something to fill the 4pm sugar dip. More often than not, this recipe is some sort of biscuit.DSCF9179A simple recipe I can make when I’m not completely awake on a Saturday morning and that will be out the oven by the time my sister wakes up. Bright citrus flavours are perfect for February and for a trusty cookie recipe I turn to my Granny’s old WI Book of Biscuits, which led me to these Orange Highlanders. I was confused about the name but essentially these biscuits are an orange version of these so the link must be due to shortbreads origins in the Scottish Highlands. I loved the crunchy demerara coating and the crumbly, buttery shortbread centre – they definitely didn’t last the whole week!DSCF9181Orange Highlanders, adapted from WI Book of Biscuits
Makes about 20 small shortbreads
100g butter
50g icing sugar
75g plain flour

75g self raising flour
zest of 2 oranges
25g demerara sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 180’C/350’F. Cream the butter, orange zest and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Sift the flours together and fold in to make a dough.
2. Shape the mixture into a sausage. Sprinkle the demerara sugar over a piece of cling-film and roll the dough in the sugar, pressing it to make sure it sticks. Wrap in the cling-film and chill for 1hour.

3. Cut the dough into slices (5mm-1cm thick), place on baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and leave to cool. Enjoy!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I also have a baking routine and make one cake/treat and a bread a week... Those beautiful shortbreads must taste wonderful!



manu said...

Oh I love these ones.

Jules said...

those look yummy! i just made nutter butters on my blog:) check it out!
Julianna, <3

La Table De Nana said...

Love your orange recipes:)

Laura Dembowski said...

Ooohhh, orange shortbread! I'm sold :)

Ulla said...

These biscuit sounds lovely! I need to try these next week :)

The Caked Crusader said...

Can never go wrong with WI recipes - your biscuits look lovely.

Irene said...

They look super delish! I love how there's not much to the ingredients list- will be making these soon!