I thought that this would be a good opportunity to bake something - Lundulph and I are still munching through the various Christmas treats and I've not been able to bake for a couple of weeks, so this was a great opportunity.
Going through my recipe collection, I decided to try out two more of the Danish Bake-Off goodies from 2012. Now both below recipes can be done on a single day, but since I'm rather busy during the days at the moment, I made the doughs on the night before.
Lemon sandwich biscuits
makes about 45
250 g plain flour
200 g soft unsalted butter
0.5 tsp salt of hartshorn (ammonium bicarbonate)
120 g caster sugar
half an egg, lightly whisked
50 g soft unsalted butter
3 - 3.5 dl icing sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice
zest of one lemon, finely grated
- Using one hand, carefully pinch together flour, butter and salt of hartshorn to fine crumbs - it'll look like wet sawdust.
- Mix in the sugar, then finally add the egg and bring together to a soft dough.
- Divide in two and place each piece between two sheets of clingfilm, then shape into discs.
- Place the discs in the fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 °C (180 °C if fan assisted oven) and line trays with baking paper.
- Dust your work surface generously with flour, then take one disc out from the fridge and roll out to about 3 mm thickness, making sure the dough doesn't stick.
- Cut out cookies, I made round ones with the 48 mm diameter cookie cutter.
- Bake for 5 - 8 minutes, then let cool down on a wire rack. You might want to bake just a few on the first tray to see if the temperature needs adjustment, the biscuits should't spread too much.
- While the biscuits are cooling, make the buttercream. Start by stirring through the butter so that it goes really soft and creamy.
- Carefully add the icing sugar and incorporate into the butter until 3 dl have been incorporated.
- Now add the lemon juice and zest and stir in. If the buttercream feels too runny, add some more icing sugar until it reaches a piping consistency.
- Transfer to a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe a circle on half of the biscuits and press on the remaining ones to form round sandwiches.
By the way, I only made half the amount of dough into cookies, the second dough disc is frozen, I just didn't have the energy.
On the whole, these were very nice, even if the oven was pre-heated to 190 °C, a bit hot for the first tray, and they browned too much and also spread way too much. I turned it down for the second and third trays. This made the sandwiches look a bit funny, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with how they tasted which was really nice. But they are fairly large and one is quite enough, I think.