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   250g/9oz Plain Flour

   250g/9oz Butter

   250g/9oz Caster Sugar

   25g/1oz Ground Almonds


   75g/3oz Icing Sugar

   3 tbsp Cold Water

   2 drops Peppermint Essence

   Green Food colouring




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


2. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and rub in butter with your fingertips.


3. Sir in the sugar and almonds and enough milk to make a firm dough.


4. Turn onto a floured surface and roll out thinly.


5. Cut into shamrock shapes and place on the baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.


6. In a small bowl, mix together the icing sugar, water, peppermint essence and food colouring. Use to thinly coat the tops of  the cooled biscuits and allow to set.


Traditionally given to friends and family as a token of good luck at Christmas and for the New Year.  




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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

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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