Snow Ball Biscuits

Posted in - Bake & Recipes on December 22nd 2012 0 Comments

This week I was privileged to gain another godchild.  After the Christening, a fellow godmother produced the most delicous walnuty biscuits.  I managed to recreate them before she gave me her recipe.  I give you mine, very similar to hers, but I ought to publish mine as it is mine afterall – the inspiration however, is all hers.  Thank you Carol.

There is something happy and abundant about their form, contributing a pretty element to any occasion, Christmas of course, a party, or just a cup of tea.

snowballs-ready

Makes 24

130g butter from the fridge
200g plain flour
1tsp vanilla extract
85g caster sugar (see below for vanilla sugar – not a necessity, but a bonus)
Half a cup of finely chopped walnuts (I am sorry I didn’t weigh them, either fill half a cup, or put them up to 125mls on a measuring jug)
Icing sugar for dusting

1. Mix the butter, flour, vanilla extract and sugar so that small coagulated lumps form.  Then add the walnuts.
snowballs-raw

2.  Bring the mixture together to form mounds weighing between 15-20g.

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3.  Put them in the fridge for half an hour.
4.  Bake them for 10 minutes at 180 degrees C.  Leave them on the hot tray when you take them out of the oven for 2 or 3 minutes before removing them onto a cooling rack or they will fall apart.
5.  Dust liberally with icing sugar whilst still warm as this helps it to stick.

Vanilla Sugar

vanilla-sugar
When you have used your vanilla pod in any way just about, do not discard it, but place the pods, with or without the seeds, in a pot and cover with caster sugar.  After a few days you will have your vanilla sugar.  A delicious addition to this recipe, warm milk, berries in any season and so on…..

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