1+1/2 cups self raising flour
1+1/2 tbs milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
Place the icing sugar, lemon juice and zest into a small bowl and mix well to combine
Leave aside till the biscuits are made (I assume the icing is made first so that it thickens a little before icing the biscuits - I made it after the biscuits and it was very runny!)
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl
Rub in the lard with your fingers till it looks like fine breadcrumbs
Heat the milk and sugar gently over low heat until sugar has dissolved
Add the vanilla
Pour the warmed milk mixture and the gently beaten egg into the flour
Stir in with a knife till well mixed, then knead until smooth on a lightly floured surface (just for a few minutes)
Here's where you get creative:
Take teaspoons of the dough and roll out till you have long, thin cigars about 13 cm in length
Twist 2 of the cigar shapes together, form into a circle, pressing the ends together so you have a sweet little round of biscuit.
Okay, confession time again! After making 2 of these, my patience ran out and I just grabbed my star cutter and cut out shapes! My excuse is that living in sunny Brisbane, doughs and so on don't react the same as in colder States or countries. It is very clear that recipes are written for colder climes than ours, and so I often have to make adjustments (e.g. when a recipe suggests leaving a mixture or dough out overnight on a bench - hello!- cockroaches/ants/flies/the heat! - get real!). Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. So, I cut out little stars instead; I ended up with 14 though the original recipe says you will get 16 twisty ones.
Bake on lightly greased trays at 180C for about 15-20 minutes till lightly golden.
Grab a biscuit and dip the top in the icing; keep going with the rest of them.
Let them cool on a wire rack.
|lard rubbed in till it looks like breadcrumbs|
|warming the milk and sugar|
|lightly beating the egg|
|pouring in the warmed milk and sugar and vanilla|
|stirring the mixture together|
|kneading it till smooth (this only takes a few minutes)|
|a lovely smooth dough|
|roll out the little cigars or cut into shapes!|
|2 cigars twisted together and formed into a circle|
|lots of stars ready for baking|
|sifting the icing sugar|
|zesting the lemon|
|stirring in the lemon juice|
|dipping in the biscuits|
|iced and cooling on a wire rack over a tray to catch the drips|
|enjoy with a cuppa|