Do you pinch and a punch for the first of the month? In our house it’s a serious competition that has me bitterly awaiting the first day of every month. I am always the first one out of bed in the morning because I get up and head out for a walk. That means that I’m also the first to realise that it’s the first of the month but I can’t do anything about it until Will is awake.
He gets me every. single. time. It’s so unfair. This morning I even tried a decoy walking in with a big handful of mint to show him after its haircut but no, his quick and nimble moves meant another win for him. Even mum got me via text message (which is allowed if we’re not seeing each other on the day).
Next month I will not be beaten. I will set up camp waiting for him to arise and I will get him mark my words. Not that its a competition, but at least I beat him when it comes to baking and that’s a win I’m happy to accept. Last week I found yet another recipe on the back of a packet, this time orange shortbread on the bag of flour. I’ve had it saved for weeks ready to try and on Friday afternoon, instead of doing the mountain of work I had to do, I baked. It seems I use baking as a form of procrastination and avoidance (at least it has a delicious outcome).
If you don’t want to use the mixer, I think these would work just throwing all the ingredients in the food processor and blitzing it up until it forms a dough.
Rolling out and shaping the dough, it was really soft so I did doubt that these would turn out. I totally expected to open the oven to one giant melted mess but instead I was met by these gorgeous little medallions of zesty biscuits. They were a little firmer than the soft, buttery shortbread that I’ve made in the past but they still held that crumbly consistency that begins to melt when it hits your tongue.
They held their shape perfectly in the oven and the orange zest added a nice flavour surprise. They would be just as delicious with lemon or lime I think and maybe even a combination of two if you’re feeling really adventurous.
Whichever citrus you choose I’m sure you’re going to like them. Enjoy!
What about you? What do you do while procrastinating?
- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 125g butter, softened
- 2 tbsp orange rind, grated (the zest of two oranges)
- 1½ cups plain flour
- icing sugar for dusting
- Pre-heat the oven to 170C fan-forced and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.
- Add the orange rind and beat it through.
- Slowly add the flour and mix until it all comes together to form a dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and roll it out to about 1cm thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes of dough and transfer them to the baking tray (you don't need much room between them - 2cm maximum).
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
- Leave the biscuits on the tray for 5 minutes to set and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Dust with icing sugar to serve.