I'm determined that our food, even if it is budget friendly, is still going to taste mighty fine as well.
My kids mainly get fruit for snacks, but they do love a bikkie now and again. Who can blame 'em really? They are definitely delicious. These homemade ones will have you wondering if you can ever buy biscuits at the store again!
bit of a thing for cherries! They're soft, buttery and deliciously crumbly when you bite into them. They're ridiculously moreish, so you'll also need to find a safe place to store them away, so you don't eat them all up at once. I make a "master recipe" which can be dressed up however you like. You can add in your favourite extras to make them a little bit more exciting! Come on, who doesn't love a customised, pimped up biscuit?
But importantly, they're also budget friendly, using lovely quality ingredients.
These biscuits are a slice and bake recipe, which means you don't have to cook them all at once if you don't want to. You can keep a few rolls in the fridge ready to bake, or pull a roll out of the freezer, ready for slicing up whenever you need some fresh bikkies on hand.
Master Recipe: Budget Friendly Butter Biscuits (Makes 100 biscuits)
500 grams unsalted butter (softened)
2 cups icing sugar
4 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cornflour
1/2 cup rice flour
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Here's How I Do It
Put your butter, vanilla extract and icing mixture in your mixer bowl and beat until it's soft and fluffy. This will take at least 5 mins of mixing, maybe more.
Sift your flours together and gradually fold into your fluffy butter mixture.
Knead your dough together on your bench top and separate out into 8 even balls.
Roll your balls into log shapes. Wrap in paper or cling wrap and put in the fridge for a couple of hours.
(You can freeze your logs at this point and bring them out to defrost when you want to cook them.)
When the dough has hardened up a bit, take them out of the fridge and slice them about 1cm thick and put them on your biscuit trays. (I line my trays with baking paper so they don't stick, which I reuse over and over again).
Bake in a 180 degree C oven until lightly golden. This takes just under 10 mins in my oven, your oven may vary a bit, so keep an eye on them.
They'll be a bit soft, but will go crispy as they cool down.
Put them on a wire rack to cool and try not to eat them all up! Don't blame me if you find yourself scoffing them down. They're really delicious. You've been warned!
Cost of biscuits: Around $5 for about 100 quality biscuits
Pimp my biscuit! I also like to make different variations:
Cherry biscuits: Add a packet of diced glace cherries to your mix after you have kneaded your dough.
Chocolate choc chip: Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to your flour mix when you sift and mix into the butter mixture. Add a cup of choc chips when you knead your dough.
Lemon biscuits: Leave out the vanilla extract and add 1 tablespoon of grated lemon rind into your butter mixture when you beat it up. You could use any citrus rind this way (orange/lime/mandarin etc).
Possibilities for pimping are pretty much endless- you could add sultanas, macadamias (or other nuts), mini m&ms, dried fruit, spices, you name it!
Please let me know if you make them. I'd love to know your pimping preference!