Classic Easter biscuits
Raisins, currants, sultanas… I never used to like these dried fruits until a year or so ago. Another one of the ways in which my tastes and appreciation for food has changed along with my diet.
Other food loves (from previous food hates) are… herbal teas, peanut butter and dark chocolate. There is one thing that I still just can’t get my head around, and that’s mushrooms. It’s a shame as I have seen so many amazing and versatile recipes that use mushrooms, often as a meat substitute. I have come far though since I now enjoy mushrooms raw with a dip, but just not cooked (yeah, it’s ok I think I am odd too!)
Anyway, back to dried fruit. Namely currants. Classic Easter biscuits are reminiscent of garibaldi biscuits with a delicate crumb and the sweetness of the currants coming through. The tops are often glazed and sprinkled with a little extra sugar and the biscuits have a subtle warming spice.
These classic biscuits are also classically filled with refined sugars, flours, butter and egg.
I wanted to play around with achieving a moist delicate and slightly chewy biscuit using unrefined sugars, whole grain GF flours and coconut oil. I made a couple of different batches and each work really well, so it would seem this is a pretty versatile recipe.
The first batch I made used my classic mix of GF flours (buckwheat, ground almonds and tapioca flour) plus polenta to give a slight crunch to the texture. The second batch used predominantly blanched almond flour that I have had some fun playing with recently. The almond flour, along with various other flours and GF ingredients came from The Real Food Source, and now I have the pleasure of my almond flour variation being featured on their blog in the run up to Easter…..please check it out here.
Recipe: Classic Easter biscuits
Makes approx. 12 biscuits (depending on size and shape of cutter)
- ½ cup coconut butter - melted (if using coconut oil reduce to slightly over ¼ cup)
- ¼ cup agave plus a pinch of stevia if necessary
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (or make your own)
- 2 tbs ground flax or chia plus 3 tbs hot water (mix and allow to sit for 1 min)
- 3 tbs polenta
- 1 ½ cup GF flour mix (see above or use you own)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup currants
- 1 tsp cinnamon and mixed spice mixed
- Pinch salt
Mix dry ingredients (except currants) together in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients together in a small bowl and then add to the dry. Add the currants last (my currants were partially blended into smaller pieces but you can keep them whole if you prefer). Bring the dough into a ball with your hands. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a little under 1cm thick. Cut into shapes and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Lightly brush the tops with soy milk and sprinkle with a little coconut sugar or rapadura if desired.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for approx. 10mins until slightly golden.
These biscuits will store in an airtight container for up to a week, there will also freeze. The biscuits are dense and chewy by nature and so do not need to retain their crisp 'freshly baked' feel.