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There are days when it is necessary to have a cup of tea and a biscuit, lazy weekends call out for a pot of tea served at the table in the garden. Half an hour to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the company of the family. Biscuits entice my son to grace us with his company for a little while, sitting next to the plate, hoping to sneak another when we are not looking. For a sunny day a bright cheerful biscuit is called for so I made some lemon and sultana biscuits. They are quick and easy to make but taste as if you have spent ages in the kitchen.
There is something satisfying about rubbing butter into sugar, seeing the crumbs fall though your fingers and the dough coming together. Zesting a lemon releases a gorgeous scent into the kitchen making it feel fresh and speaking of pleasure to come. Rolling out the dough is relaxing and my son cuts the biscuits into shapes, stealing bits of the dough as he goes. There is plenty left for the biscuits and we fill two trays, placing them into the oven and wait impatiently for them to cook. The smell of freshly cooked biscuits wafting though the house, making us hungry.
Lemon and sultana biscuits placed on a plate, tea poured into cups, we sit in the sun. The light lemon taste is perfect for a summer day. Peace descends as the warmth of the sun lulls us into sleepiness. The mood broken only by the chirping of birds and the snoring of the dog as he lies on the patio. He suddenly bursts into life, startled by a bird that has dared venture into our garden. He chases it, woofing loudly and looks proud as it files away. He comes over to us, looking hopeful, begging for crumbs.
Tea drunk and biscuits eaten, we sat enjoying the moment and the sun. The moment never lasts, life moves on but a few precious minutes are gained. Home made biscuits enjoyed with family and friends are one of life’s pleasures. It is worth the extra effort of making the biscuits yourself, the satisfaction of seeing them enjoyed and enjoying them yourself makes that labour worthwhile.
Lemon and Sultana Biscuits
- 140 g butter
- 280 g self-raising flour
- 140 g caster sugar
- Finely grated zest of one lemon
- 55 g raisins
- 1 egg
- Pre-heat the oven to 190C, gas mark 5
- Rub the butter into the flour
- Add the lemon zest, sugar and raisins and bring together gently
- Add the beaten egg and knead into a dough
- On a floured board roll out the dough until 1/2 cm thick.
- Cut into cookie shapes with a cutter.
- Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool