Road Trip Biscuits
With my families road trip to Cape Town drawing near, I decided to start baking some treats for the long drive which will at least last in terms of freshness. We’re taking a slow coastal drive down through the Transkei (as I know it) and then on to the Garden route and down to Cape Town. We’re planning on spending the first night somewhere in the Eastern Cape and then sleeping over in Knysna the second night. How exciting. Anyway, I decided on making some biscuits for the trip. I got cracking about a week ago and made an enormous batch of Peanut Butter and Cornflake cookies from the lovely @ninatimm food blog http://www.my-easy-cooking.com/ but sadly it’s been eaten long before the road trip even began. Yes, we made over 100 cookies from the batch and between my son and I we devoured the lot. They were delicious. I had to get cracking again on a new batch of biscuits and had to give myself and my son strict instructions not to eat it this time round. I decided to make lovely butter biscuits with an easy 3 ingredient recipe that I’ve been using for months now from another stunning chef, @jackie_cameron. To get her original recipe, log on to this blog http://blog.hartford.co.za/hartford-recipes/1-2-3-lavender-biscuits-recipe.html. The recipe is actually a lavender biscuit recipe but I’ve eliminated the lavender and left the biscuits just plain. Either way, they are delicious and I could quite easily polish the batch solo. I’ve also made gorgeous date balls with a touch of extra oomph………brandy! Not to be eaten by my son. You can stack your biscuits in empty, sterile tins like I have (see images) and give as Christmas gifts.
For the Butter biscuits you will need:
60g castor sugar
Cream butter and sugar and add flour. Continue to rub in until mixture comes together. Roll into dough ball and refrigerate for about 30 minutes before use. Roll out onto a floured surface, cut desired shapes with cookie cutters and decorate as you please. Place on a baking tray and bake at 140 degrees for 14 minutes. This dough freezes very well.
Date Balls with oomph
250g dates finely chopped
1 extra large egg
15ml brandy (add more if you wish)
1 packet of Marie biscuits finely crushed
Melt butter, add dates and stir till hot. Add whisked egg, brandy and biscuits and mix together. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until cool. Roll into balls and coat in coconut. Enjoy!