Afternoon Tea Biscuits

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I’m enjoying a lazy Saturday at home and the scent of Afternoon Tea Biscuits is wafting through the house, the oven is warming us along with the combustion heater, The Verve croon and strum in the background, while hubby watches a Woody Allen documentary. I guess that sums us up! We’re those kind of people!

There goes the timer on the last tray – time for tea!

Afternoon Tea Biscuits

125g butter/margarine

½ cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 cup self raising flour

1 cup vanilla custard powder

Optional – zest of 1 lemon or lime and/or vanilla or citrus icing.

1) Weigh the butter and place in a medium-large bowl and add the sugar.

2) While the butter is softening, prepare two trays with baking paper (or grease and flour them).

3) Measure out the flour and custard powder into a sifter resting on a plate (ready to add later).

4) Cream the butter and sugar with beaters (or with a wooden spoon), until light and fluffy.

2) Add the beaten egg and beat together briefly.

3) Add the sifted flour and custard powder, and the zest if using, and blend all together.

4) Preheat the oven to moderate (about 170C).

4) Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls with your hands and place on baking tray with a little spacing between each. You should get 16-20 per tray.

5) Press each ball with the back of a fork to flatten a little and make a pattern.

6) Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, then cool on rack.

Optional: you could make a vanilla or lemon/lime icing and press the biscuits together to make a real treat!

Makes about 40.

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