Anise Biscuits

I’ve been through The Cookbook Guru‘s book of choice for July and August, The Italian Baker by Carol Field, and put in little pieces of paper to bookmark all the recipes I want to try. The hard part is trying to figure out where to start.

I’ll definitely be making some of the wonderful breads and trying out the Biga (Starter Dough), but last night I felt like baking some biscuits.

These biscuits are wonderful.

They’re very much like Savoiardi biscuits. So light and crispy with a hint of aniseed.

They’re  also very easy to make too. Perfect with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Hard to stop at one….

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You’ll need:-

4 eggs

180g castor sugar

5g vanilla extract

grated zest of 1/2 lemon

200g plain flour

pinch of salt

3g baking powder

5-8g aniseed, crushed

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until very thick, about 8-10 minutes. Mix in the vanilla and lemon zest then gently fold in the sifted flour, salt and baking powder. Now stir in the aniseed.

Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a plain 1cm nozzle and pipe 10cm long strips onto a baking paper lined baking tray.

Bake in a pre-heated 190oC oven for 20 minutes then turn the heat down to 160oC and bake for a further 5-8 minutes until lightly browned and crispy.

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Cool on the trays for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Personally I’ll be putting in a little more aniseed next time I make these. But then I love the flavour of aniseed.

Light, crispy and easy to make….sounds good to me…

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Enjoy…

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5 thoughts on “Anise Biscuits

  1. Reblogged this on The Cookbook Guru and commented:
    Lona is back in her kitchen baking and she’s shared with us a little treat of Carol Field’s Anise biscuits from this months book The Italian Baker. Make sure you check out the post.

    Happy reading and Happy Eating,

    Leah

    • Thanks Glenda. My Mum made a batch yesterday and couldn’t believe how easy they were to make. She cooked them slightly less so they were still spongy instead of crispy. I think she’ll be making many more of these biscuits…
      Lona

    • Thanks Sherry. My mum made a batch and hers turned out puffier. More like a spongy biscuit. Interesting how the same recipe can turn out differently for different people. They tasted the same though. very delicious.

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