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Poppy Seed Biscuits   Veg  CD  CBF  45mins plus standing time

Makes approx.  48 biscuits    Cold  Vegetarian  Cookies  Baked Fayre   Teatime



50g/2oz Poppy Seeds

250g/9oz Plain Flour

100g/4oz Butter

75g/3oz Icing Sugar

2 Egg Yolks

3 tbsp Soured Cream

1 Egg, beaten




1. Place the poppy seeds in a smallish pan of water, bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for about 2 hours until they swell and are easily crushed between the fingers. Drain well.


2. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles very coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and poppy seeds and mix well to distribute evenly then add the egg yolks and enough soured cream to form a dough which doesn't stick to the bowl. Leave in a cool place for 30 minutes.


3. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas mark 6 and well grease 2-3 baking trays. Divide the dough into 3 and on a floured surface, roll each piece into a very thin sheet. Cut our shapes with a pastry cutter and transfer to the baking sheets, spacing well apart.


4. Lightly beat the whole egg and use to lightly glaze the top of each biscuit. Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire trays.



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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.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


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Wire Rack


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