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250g/9oz Unsalted Butter
100g/4oz Caster Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
1 teasp Vanilla Essence
3 tbsp Brandy
450g/1lb Plain Flour
1 teasp Baking Powder
125g/-5oz Almonds, roughly chopped
2 tbsp Rose Water
400g/14oz Icing Sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas Mark 5 and lightly flour some baking sheets.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time mixing well between each addition then mix in the vanilla and brandy.

4. In another mixing bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder then add to the butter mixture with the almonds mixing well. Knead it lightly in the bowl until smooth.

5. Roll walnut-sized pieces into a ball and then flatten between your palms and place them well apart on the floured baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

6. Sift a quarter of the icing sugar onto a large platter.

7. Once cooked, remove the biscuits from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the rose water then place them on the sifted icing sugar whilst still hot and sift the remaining icing sugar over the top.

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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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