Recipe – Lemon and Thyme Biscuits

As many of you may know I am a judge of the fabulous new cooking app ‘Can I Cook It?’ It is where you can enter your favourite recipe with a photo using 2 pre-selected ingredients and win shopping vouchers. With that being said here is the recipe from our first winner. The challenge was a recipe using lemon and thyme. I am sure you’ll agree these looks delicious!

Winning Recipe – Lemon and Thyme Biscuits by Charlotte Jones

Biscuit Ingredients

360g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
120g caster sugar
110g salted butter
1 egg
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 2 lemons
leaves of 3 sprigs of thyme, roughly chopped
Icing Ingredients
Icing sugar
Juice of 3-4 lemons
thyme leaves (to decorate)
1. pre-heat the oven to 180C
2. cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
3. add the egg and vanilla and beat in
4. gradually sift in the flour and baking powder
5. bring the dough together into a smooth ball
6. roll out the dough to 1/2 cm thick and cut out biscuits
7. cool the biscuits on the tray in the freezer for about 5mins
8. bake for 10-12mins until lightly golden (you may need to turn the tray around part way through to ensure an even colouring)
9. allow to cool completely on a cooling rack
10. combine the lemon juice and enough icing sugar to form a thick, glossy paste (the exact amount of icing sugar will depend on how much juice the lemons give)
11. carefully spoon the icing onto the biscuits, approximately 1/2 – 1 tsp per biscuit and smooth out until about 3-5mm around the edges (the icing will relax out slightly – if you don’t leave this space then the icing will probably leak over the edges of the biscuits.  This is still tasty, but less aesthetically pleasing)
12. whilst the icing is still wet, carefully add a few thyme leaves to each biscuit to decorate
13. leave the icing to harden (2-3 hours at least)
14. enjoy!
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