Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Lime Meltaways

They're beautiful aren't they these snow-dusted lovelies? Reminds me of Christmas. The flavour is all at once sweet, slightly mouth-puckeringly-sour from the lime juice and melts in your mouth. I've made them more than a few times over the years. So here's the recipe and a big thanks to Martha Stewart for it!

Note: I've changed the original cup measurements to metric as I prefer to weigh my ingredients for consistent results.

Lime Meltaways
Adapted from Martha Stewart

180g butter, softened
100g icing sugar, sifted
225g plain flour, sifted
15g cornflour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
Zest from 3 limes
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon sweetened lime paste (optional)
Green food colouring (optional)
Icing sugar, to coat
  1. Cream salt, butter and icing sugar about 2 minutes with electric mixer.
  2. Add in lime zest, vanilla, lime paste and juice. Mix about 1 minute.
  3. Gently fold in by hand the plain flour and cornflour.
  4. Add tiny drops of green food colouring into the dough  mixing gently until you achieve the intensity of colour you like, then stop.
  5. Divide the dough and roll in two separate pieces of baking paper. Twist the ends close and leave it in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 150 Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  7. Remove a roll from the fridge and cut  into slices with a sharp knife. Place slices on the lined baking tray, leaving some space in between each one as they will expand a bit. (Leave the remaining roll in the fridge for the time being)
  8. Put the baking tray into the oven and bake for about 20 - 30  minutes until the edges of the biscuits just turn a little brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool on wire racks.
  9. Continue with the remaining roll in the fridge or leave it for a biscuit craving later in the week.
  10. Once cool, coat in icing sugar on all sides, place in paper cases and store in an air-tight container.

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