Easter is just around the corner, and these perfectly springlike lemon fork biscuits make a lovely seasonal gift. I made them for my colleagues just the other week and they went down a treat! With only four ingredients, whipping up a batch is quick and easy, but they taste great too – a light, crumbly biscuit with a deliciously lemony kick. To make a batch (around 16 biscuits), you will need:
100g butter, softened
150g self-raising flour
Zest of one lemon.
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160C Fan/ Gas 4. Lightly butter two baking trays.
2) Measure the butter in a bowl and beat to soften.
3) Gradually beat in the sugar and lemon zest.
Add the flour a little at a time, and beat until the mixture starts to come together as a dough (you could also do this by hand, but it’s really quick in the mixer).
4) Form the dough into approximately 16 balls, about the size of a walnut, and space well apart on the baking trays.
Dip a fork into a little water and use to flatten the biscuits.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 – 20 minutes until very pale golden, then leave to cool on a wire rack.
You can vary the recipe with orange zest, or make them into chocolate fork biscuits by adapting the recipe with 120g self-raising flour and 15g cocoa powder.
Once cooled, pop into display bags, tied with pastel ribbon, as a lovely Easter gift. Or you could just enjoy them yourself…
What are you baking this weekend? Are you making any homemade Easter gifts?