About this recipe:This crisp sugary biscuit is a family recipe from the island of St Michael in the Azores. So simple, and nice to have on hand to go with coffee or tea.
2 tablespoons cornflour
200g (7 oz) caster sugar
50g (2 oz) butter
300g (11 oz) plain flour
1 dessertspoon baking powder
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:10min › Ready in:20min
Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas mark 3.
In a medium bowl, stir together the cornflour and sugar. Add the butter and cream well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the sugar mixture until a dough forms. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to .5cm (1/4 in) thickness and cut into desired shapes with biscuit cutters. Place biscuits 2.5cm (1 in) apart onto a dry baking tray.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, until biscuits are golden brown at the edges. Allow biscuits to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
I really liked this biscuit. It tastes just like those my mum makes. It's not too sweet, but very dense, which makes it great with a cup of coffee. My kids liked using the cutters with these biscuits, although it did take longer with them helping! - 15 Sep 2008
A great biscuit recipe, simple and good flavour. Everyone that tries one has good comments on it. Thanks for the recipe. - 15 Sep 2008
These are great for people who like a denser more cake-like biscuit. Very simple. They are not very sweet so would be better with something, such as coffee, like D-ANNA suggests. - 15 Sep 2008