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20100623

Tudor Mace Biscuits

Do you sometimes get the feeling that you really want a quick snack only to find out that the kitchen cabinets contain only stuff that requires hours of prep? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to just throw something tasty together that you could eat within, say, twenty minutes? Well here it is.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered mace
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preparation
  • Using an electric mixer with dough hooks, blend the margarine with the sugar until thoroughly mixed
  • Add the flour and blend again until smooth
  • Add the mace powder and vanilla essence and blend one more time
  • Spoon the mix onto an ungreased non-stick baking tray using a teaspoon. Spread the dollops of mix at least an inch apart as the mix will settle and spread during baking
  • Bake at 350F until golden (about 15 minutes)
  • Bob's your uncle


John's Notes
So did England's Tudor kings and queens eat these biscuits? Not very likely methinks. I believe the name derives from a version of the recipe in which an icing syringe is used to put Tudor Rose shaped dollops of mix onto the baking tray.

And how do they taste? Very light and "more-ish"; a great accompaniment to a nice cup of tea.

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