The combination of cherry, chilli, cinnamon and orange zest in a homemade biscuit is heavenly. The flavours fuse beautifully and leave a comfortably delicious tingle on your tongue.
I wanted to make a Christmas biscuit but was craving something other than ginger. The orange and cinnamon together with a pinch of ground spice give it that Christmassy flavour. The cherry adds great texture, colour and a ripple of sweetness. Chilli pops a subtle but cheeky kick and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Baking is not my forte so I wasn’t confident of the outcome here. But truth be told, this was a worthwhile make. I used a basic biscuit recipe and added the cherries, chilli, cinnamon, orange zest and ground spice. Conveniently easy for a domestic idiot.
Here’s the recipe:
160g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
250g self-raising flour
½ tsp mild chilli powder (or hot if you prefer)
100g tub of glace cherries
½ tsp cinnamon (or a couple of grated cinnamon pods)
½ tsp of mixed ground spice
Zest of one orange
Here’s how to do it:
Cream butter and sugar then add eggs, vanilla essence, spices and cherries. Beat until light and fluffy and then slowly add the flour. Once the flour is blended drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture into a greased baking tray. Leave a couple of centimetres between each dollop of mixture. Heat in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and leave to cool. Quick and simple.
PS: What’s the difference between a biscuit and a cookie?