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Bakewell Biscuits
Two toned almond and cherry biscuits. The flavour of a Bakewell tart in biscuit form, these are perfect to dunk into a cup of tea!
: 2388 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 125 g soft butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 25 g ground almonds
  • 4 tbsp freeze dried cherry powder*
  • 1/4 tsp red food colouring gel optional
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  1. Beat the butter, sugar, golden syrup and almond extract until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the egg then follow with the ground almonds.
  3. Divide the creamed butter in two and put half in a second bowl, into which you beat the freeze dried cherries. If using the red food colouring, add it in now and blend well.
  4. Whisk the flour and baking powder together then add half to each bowl of creamed butter. Fold in and bring the dough together, wrapping the plain almond and cherry flavoured doughs in separate pieces of cling film. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll the dough out to 2-3mm thick and use a large rectangular cutter approx 3x4 inches in size (or just cut out with a knife) to cut out an even number of biscuits. Use a small heart shaped cutter to stamp out heart shapes in each biscuit and replace the heart with the biscuit dough of the opposite flavour.
  6. (If you have any trimmings left, very lightly knead them together and roll out to give a marbled effect. Either cut them out the same size or roll into rounds and flatten before baking as below).
  7. Place on a lined baking tray and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (preheat the oven to 180˚C at this time).
  8. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes until they are just dry to the touch but not colouring (the edges may brown a touch only).
  9. Cool on the tray for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
Recipe Notes

* = you can substitute freeze dried raspberry or strawberry powder if you prefer/can't get the cherries. If you can only buy whole freeze dried berries, they grind very well in a coffee/spice grinder.