orange drops …

i spotted this recipe some weeks ago when i was pinning recipes for my mum. she wanted recipes that used oranges. enter with the images gallery. the biscuits looked interesting and the recipe seemed simple enough. i decided to make them this week for our mid-week family dinner get together.

this isn’t a gluten free recipe. i turned it into a gluten free recipe not knowing what the outcome would be. what’s the worst that could happen? the biscuits flop. you live and you learn :)

(by the way, i now have my mum hooked on pinterest! next challenge – to get her onto facebook – ha!)

1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour < substitute with gluten free plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (40g) almond meal
90g salted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar < i cut down the amount to lessen the sweetness
rated zest of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
cing sugar, to dust

1) preheat the oven to 180c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2) combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl, then stir in the almond meal.

3) in a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric beaters until thick and pale.

4) beat in orange zest, vanilla and 1 egg, then stir in flour mixture until well combined.

5) divide dough into 24 pieces, then use your hands to roll each piece into a ball.

6) place a ball on the workbench and pinch twice to form a peak. transfer to the tray, then repeat with remaining dough.

7) beat remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water, then use to lightly glaze biscuits.

8) bake for 10-12 minutes until the biscuits feel firm to touch but are still pale. (rotate the trays halfway through cooking time, if necessary, to ensure even baking.)

9) allow to cool on trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. dust with icing sugar and serve. store biscuits in an airtight container for up to 5 days. makes 24.

i was a bit worried when the cracks started to appear as they were baking. thankfully they held their shape.

seriously, you cannot stop at one. the family liked them. they are light and buttery. and they look cute! yeah, i’ll be making these again. might even try making lemon drops …

“champagne and orange juice is a great drink. the orange improves the champagne. the champagne definitely improves the orange.” ~ philip, duke of edinburgh


2 responses to “orange drops …

  1. these look great Maria, they might even be great for Gemilla to take to the classroom party at the end of each year when she is required to take a share plate of food. Also if you want …. I have a flourless orange cake recipe (that I can not remember if I have shared with you or not–ping me on FB if you do not have it already).

  2. They not only look good but taste great (but then I’m biased)

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