Honey !!! Haven’t seen you baking biscuits lately …..remarked my other half over the weekend.
While gazing at the laptop screen & eagerly sipping the freshly brewed Chai to keep warm. I could see his right hand fingers taping away merrily on the keyboard while my left hand was busy unconsciously dipping the store brought cream biscuits into the masala Chai.
Hmmm… Yeah I agree it’s been ages, I haven’t baked any biscuits or cookies. Last time I baked anything close were the Linzer cookies for Christmas. Well, I have to admit that I am a tad slack at rolling the dough and cutting it and then gathering and rolling & pressing the dough again. I love baking all that is simple and has an instant gratification to the process.. Yeah that’s just me.
Those murmuring words kept echoing in my ears.. Come on!!Cream biscuits won’t be a Herculean task. All I needed was the push and the will to find the right proportion of ingredients and in the process realised I also need to get a cookie stamp too if I were to make them look appealing.
Every time I have pushed my shopping trolley in the biscuit aisle of the supermarket, I reminded myself to try my hands at baking these goodies and savour them straight out of my oven..
Flipping through the pages of a lovely baking book by Tanya Burr, I found her custard cream recipe to be an excellent base for my orange cream biscuit. I followed the proportions she has used except for few tweaks like swapping the normal custard powder for a fruit based custard powder that I found in the Indian supermarket. I also added the zest of an orange and few drops of orange colour to get that amazing bright orange colour & flavour. Looking at the pictures you can imagine how potent the zest of an orange is especially when they are in season as they are now in beautiful Sydney.
Not having the cookie stamps were simply coincidental. I have to admit that if you plan and set your heart on a clear goal… The ways to achieve them unfolds naturally and that’s how the power of attraction works.
I was lucky to pick these cookie stamps in the specials offering. If you are aware of Aldi supermarket special’s that they advertise every Wednesday and Saturday then you know what I am taking about. They had these Stamps on Wednesday & l quickly snapped them and dirtied my hands at baking. The biscuits turned out as planned.
So what are u waiting for?? Dust some flour and roll a batch of these mouth-watering biscuits& have them straight out of your oven. Please tag me if you bake these treats.
- 100g unsalted butter
- 50g castor sugar
- 100g plain flour
- 50g fruit based custard powder
- Zest of 1 large Orange
- 2 to 3 drops of Orange colour
- For the Filling
- 1 cup Shifted icing sugar
- 50g unsalted butter
- 1 to 2 tbsp of fresh Orange juice
- Whisk butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, add flour, custard powder, Orange zest and colour.Mix well to form a dough.
- Roll out the dough in a floured surface to about ½ cm thick. Using a cookie stamp, mark the dough and cut out the circles. Place them on a lined baking sheet and pop them into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. This will help to make the imprint sharper. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 180"C and remove them from refrigerator and now pop them into the preheated oven for about 10 minutes bake them until golden. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
- Prepare the filling by mixing the shifted icing sugar with butter and orange juice until nice and smooth. When the biscuits are cold, fill in the fillings and sandwich them together to form your orange cream biscuits.