Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekend Cooking: Lemon Thins

Today I am sharing a recipe for lemon flavoured biscuits (cookies) that I haven't actually made myself yet but I do like the sound of. I have bought the lemons several times since I found the recipe but every time I think that this weekend I am going to make these, the boy wants to make Lemon Syrup Cakes (which I shared the recipe for previously). Maybe next weekend?

I found this recipe in a book called A Life on Pittwater by Susan Duncan. It is a coffee table style book about living in the Pittwater community in Sydney - a place where the only way to get home is by boat, where the sense of community is strong and where good food and good company is strongly values. I have previously featured a passage from one of Susan Duncan's other books, which also includes a lemony recipe!

Just before I was taking this book back to the library I realised that there were a couple of recipes that I wanted to save (this being one of them) so I took a photo of them. It was convenient at the time but it is not necessarily the easiest recipe to read, especially on the phone and given the font that is used, so I am saving it here instead. At some point I will need to find the pictures of the other recipes too!

Jeanne's Lemon Thins

260g plain flour
250g unsalted butter
180g caster sugar
1 large fresh egg
1 tspn vanilla essence
zest of one lemon
1 tspn salt

Whizz sugar with the zest in a food processor. Add butter and whizz until combined. Add egg and vanilla essence. Add salt and flour until just combined - a really quick whizz.

Divide dough in half, roll into a 4cm log and wrap in plastic cling wrap. Refrigerate for at least two hours.

Heat over to 180C. Cut logs into 1cm thick slices and bake on a baking sheet for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

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  1. The cookies look easy enough, but the recipe from the photo looks hard to read indeed! On the other hand, I like the design of the book, with its cursive font.

    1. AS you know, I made these tonight and they are definitely
      delicious. The font looks good in the book, but not the easiest to read.

  2. Sounds delicious. I also like the book cover.

  3. These cookies look easy enough and lemons are one of my favorite flavors. I'll have to figure out how to adjust the recipe for American measurements.

    1. Lemon is one of my favourite flavours too.

  4. Oh, this looks easy and delicious! I like lemony things, and they always seem like a good idea on either a cold winter's day or a sunny summer day (or basically anytime). Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    p.s. I do that too - keep recipes handy by posting them on my blog. It's a good method. :)

    1. It is a very handy method indeed!

  5. Love it! I can just taste them as I read it, mmm yum! Love the look of that book too.

  6. I love all things lemon, even the kitschy lemon bars. These look good.

  7. These sound so easy to make, and just at the right time as my lemon tree is going nuts!

    1. I hadn't made cookies using a food processor before but it was mega easy.



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