A miserable grey and stormy June week calls for tea, and lots of it. My first ever baking post on Everything Looks Rosie – just over five years ago to the day, with my blog being eight next month! – was an Earl Grey and chocolate cake. After half a decade of weekend baking posts, I think my food photography and styling have come on leaps and bounds, but my love of incorporating unusual flavours, like tea and florals into my recipes, has only grown. This recipe for lavender and Earl Grey biscuits even combines the two, layering aromatic lavender with the zesty back note of Earl Grey tea. These biscuits are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, and the Earl Grey icing adds just enough sweetness. To make them, you will need:
140g cold butter, cut into pieces
280g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
140g soft brown sugar
2 tsp Earl Grey tea (from inside a teabag)
2 tsp dried lavender
For the icing:
150g icing sugar mixed with a few drops of concentrated Earl Grey tea to make a thick water icing.
Edible flowers, to decorate.
Using your fingertips, lightly rub the butter and flour together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, Earl Grey and lavender and mix with a wooden spoon until incorporated.
Add the egg and mix until a fairly firm dough is formed. It will be slightly sticky to the touch.
Roll out the dough to 2 cm thick. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge and roll out to half a centimetre thick, then cut out as many shapes as you can using a cutter of your choice. Re-roll and cut out again until you’ve used up all the dough. Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper and chill for another 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 170C/ Gas 3. Once chilled, place the cold baking tray straight into the oven and bake for 7 – 10 minutes, until golden round the edges and with a little squidginess in the middle. Cool on a wire rack then decorate with the Earl Grey water icing, before topping with edible flowers.
Serve with more Earl Grey and enjoy!
Recipe for Lavender and Earl Grey Biscuits adapted from Bee’s Brilliant Biscuits.