Monday, September 8, 2008

Jam Drops

An oldie but a goodie.
I make these whenever I'm having a cup of tea and have a sudden craving for biscuits. We don't buy biscuits in our house as they are so easy to make - although, I must confess that I am known for passing over recipes (like this one) that involve creaming the butter and sugar when I am feeling lazy. Oh, to have an electric mixer!

Basic biscuit dough

125g butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Combine butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy (use an electric mixer if you are lucky enough to have one!) Add egg and mix until well combined. Sift flour and baking powder over butter mix, add milk and stir until just combined.

Roll 2 tsp of dough into a ball, place on baking tray and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Repeat for all dough, allowing room for spreading. Dip the handle of a wooden spoon in plain flour, and use to make a small indentation in the top of each biscuit. Fill with 1/4 tsp of your favourite jam (I usually use raspberry but any jam would be good).

Bake for 12 -14 minutes, swapping trays from top to bottom halfway through. Remove when lightly golden. Allow to cool on tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 30.

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