Easter Biscuits

Easter is celebrated by eating plenty of egg based food items to primarily end the lent period of 40 days.

English celebrate it with a roast lunch. One of the bakes I picked from Mary Berry's cook book is the Easter special biscuits. The biscuits contain egg and I wont trade it off for anything because I also made a batch with egg substitute - curd. The catch is to have soft airy yet crunchy biscuits. 

Coming back to the biscuits, I made the basic batch, which I understand is made as is or mixed with other additions like sultanas or marzipans or cherries - which are Easter specialities.

The biscuits are also made into shapes of bunnies, eggs, hen and other goodies. Unfortunately I could not source the cookie cutters for these shapes so I made some of them using a simple baking sheet cutouts - so my kiddo could have a hearty laugh at my elementary skills.

But if you do have cookie cutters , please make them in the right shape. Also, I underestimate the water content needed for the cookies, although mine are nice and moist to taste, but they would have looked prettier with a dash of more milk.

If you wish, you can also apply simple lemon icing on top to make it more attractive and kid friendly. 

My dad is the biggest patron I found for these cookies - he keeps asking for more batches...so safely tried and tested across ages.

As part of the next in series of our mega marathon, there is an E from E (Easter biscuit from England) 






Ingredients (Adapted from Mary Berry)
1/2 cup softened butter (I used salted)
3/4 cup fine sugar 
1 egg yolk
2 3/4 cups flour
2-3 tbsp milk
1 tspn vanilla extract

Method
1) Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy
2) Add the yolk and mix it well
3) Mix 2 cups flour using a fork or hook. Add more as required to make a soft dough.
4) Add milk to make it smooth looking dough and knead for 3-4 min.
5) Now roll the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut your favorite shapes and place them on the lined baking sheet 
6) Bake in preheated oven at 180c for no more than 10-12 min or until the cookies are browned
7) Cool them on a wire and then pack into an airtight container. 





11 comments:

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

The shapes have come out really well Pradnya, in spite of not using cookie cutters. Lovely recipe and so apt for the season!

Harini-Jaya R said...

Love the bunny rabbit shape :) Very cute cookies there!

Pavani N said...

Such cute looking cookies Pradnya. Perfect Easter treat.

Sowmya :) said...

Wow...that was without a cookie cutter!?! Reminds me of those small animal shaped biscuits we were given as kids. Your blog is aptly named...such a beautiful celebration of food! The recipe sounds simple and yummy....must try for my daughter!

Srivalli said...

Wow, you really got the shapes so well!..must have tasted so delicious..I have always felt that cookies get over very quickly when they are still warm right..good choice!

vaishali sabnani said...

Aw that bunny looks so cute, perfect for easter. Nice pick for the alphabet.

Ritu Tangri said...

It's so innovative of you to try these cute looking cookies without a cookie cutter.Only Pradnya could do it...Kudos

Priya Suresh said...

Kudos to you, wow biscuits without cookie cutter, gal u rock. I cant imagine baking cookies without my cookies cutter. Those Easter biscuits looks damn cute.

Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner said...

Easter Bunnies looks super cute and Delicious!!

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

Love those cute little bunnies.

Sapana Behl said...

Easter bunnies looks super cute and very crisp.

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