As its been a bit of a dreary morning I thought I would get out one of the many recipe books that we seem to have collected and bake some biscuits.
I do bake cakes but they are pretty time consuming and you then have to eat your way through an entire cake...I have no problem doing that but I can't add on even more gym classes to burn off cake calories too!
I decided to make Viennese Fingers and they can be prepared, baked and eaten within an hour!
125g soft butter
35g icing sugar
125g plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
A few drops of vanilla essence
100g chocolate (dark or milk depending on your own preference)
Preheat your oven to 190C (gas mark 5) and line one large or two small baking sheets.
Beat the butter until it is smooth, add the icing sugar and mix until pale and fluffy.
Sift in the flour and baking powder into the butter mix and beat well, adding the vanilla essence. This makes a fairly dry, dense batter mix bit it will combine eventually!
Put the mix into a piping bag with a medium star nozzle. Pipe out finger shapes about 3in long onto the baking paper, well spaced apart.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are just starting to colour and cool on a rack. Because they are so buttery try are very delicate so take care moving them.
While the biscuits are cooling melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Dip the ends of the diners into the chocolate, place back onto baking paper to allow the chocolate to re-harden (if you can't wait for the chocolate to harden, pop them into the fridge to speed the process up).
Either store them in an airtight container for up to a week, share them with friends or just make yourself a big cup of tea and eat away!
Have a good Sunday!