I have a relative who has to eat gluten free food. Most of the time this presents absolutely no problems. It's really only at parties where the vast majority of food is cake, biscuits and breads that all of a sudden nothing is suitable. With that in mind I've adapted one of my favourite biscuit recipes to make it gluten free. These biscuits are lovely sprinkled lightly with caster sugar or iced, depending on your preference.
300g/11oz butter or baking margarine
450g/16oz plain gluten free flour (I used Doves Farm)
1 tsp xanthum gum (useful for reducing crumbling)
250g/9oz caster sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
- In a large bowl sieve together the flour and xanthum gum. Add the butter and rub together using your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add in the caster sugar and vanilla extract, and bring together into a dough using your hands.
- Start to roll your dough on a floured surface (remember to use your gluten free flour!) and then cut out into your chosen shape.
- Bake at 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 9-10 minutes until lightly golden at the edges.
- Remove from the oven and place onto a cooking rack before sprinkling lightly with caster sugar. If you are planning on icing the biscuits then omit the sprinkling of sugar and leave them to cool completely before decorating.
If you don't have any Xanthum gum or can't find it (we got ours at Sainsburys so it's readily available) then you can remove it from the recipe. However you will find that the finished biscuits are really crunchy and better for dunking in a cup of tea, also without the Xanthum gum you might need to bake for 1-2 mins less.
All my family really enjoy these biscuits whether they eat gluten or not, which makes them the perfect substitute.
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