It's Dream Tea Week! But there is still time to cram in those last opportunities of baking practice to find the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. Here is one of my favourite tea time treats from my book BISCUIT. Summery and simple to make this would be lovely for your Dreams Come True, Dream Tea; lovely lavender biscuits.
This taste of Summer is wrapped up in this biscuit - why not treat your guests to scrumptious biscuits with a subtle floral flavour just in time for Summer. (And when no one is looking, why not try dipping them in tea as well!)
Photography by Laura Edwards
MAKES ABOUT 18
1 heaped tbsp lavender flowers (no stalks)
175 g self-raising flour, sifted
50 g caster sugar pinch of salt
25 g semolina
130 g unsalted butter, straight from the fridge
caster sugar, for sprinkling
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
5 cm heart-shaped or round cutter
- Put the lavender and flour into a food processor and chop finely.
- Add the sugar, salt and semolina and whizz to combine. Finely chop or coarsely grate the butter into the mixture and whizz again until a dough forms. Squash into a flat disc, wrap tightly in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Mark 4 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
- Place the chilled dough between two sheets of fresh cling film and roll out to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Using a 5 cm cutter, stamp out hearts or circles. Place on the prepared trays, spacing them at least 3 cm apart, and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or less if the biscuits are very small. Sprinkle generously with caster sugar straight after taking them out of the oven, and leave to cool.
If you haven't had time to organise your own Dream Tea this week - don't worry! It is never too late. You can host your own Dream Tea anytime throughout the year.
Miranda Gore Browne is an amabassador for children's charity Dreams Come True. For more information, visit www.dreamscometrue.uk.com/dreamtea
For more scrumptious biscuits look no further than her book BISCUIT [Ebury].