Orange Biscuits (lemoen koekies)
Traditional Cape Malay biscuits flavoured with orange essence and dried citrus peels.
250g soft butter or good quality baking butter
1 cup sugar
1 extra large egg
¼ cup sunflower oil
3 tsp orange essence
4 x 250ml cake flour, sifted
1 tsp ground naartjie/orange/satsuma peel (dried and ground)
1 tsp baking powder
Cachous (sen-sen) sweets to complete
Using a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar
Add the oil, essence and egg, mix well
Add the flour, baking powder and citrus peels
Mix well to form a firm dough
Roll out the dough approximately 5mm thick on a lightly floured surface
Cover the dough with cling film or greaseproof paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin
Take a fork and lightly scrape the surface of the dough to make a line pattern
Cut out rounds with a cookie cutter and place the biscuits on a baking tray (no need to grease the baking tray)
Place a sen-sen sweet in the middle of each biscuit
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned
Makes approximately 70 biscuits.
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DATE FINGERS / BALLS
An easy no bake cookie made with tennis biscuits, dates and coconut. These date balls make a high energy snack. They freeze well and keep for weeks in the fridge.
100g unsalted butter
100g Tennis biscuits/Tea Biscuits Broken in Halves or Quarters
60g seedless dates cut into pieces
1 large well beaten egg
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons ground nuts (Pistachio, Almonds, etc.)
Some vegetable oil to grease the bottom of a baking pan
On a low heat, melt the butter and dissolve the sugar, keep stirring constantly to prevent the butter from burning. As soon as the butter melts and the sugar is dissolved, add the dates and they will melt in the butter, again, keep stirring.
Take of the heat and add the well beaten egg. Stir rapidly and add the coconut, nuts and tea biscuits. Place back on a high heat with constant rapid stirring. Allow all the ingredients to mix well.
Place in a greased baking pan and leave in the freezer for 20 min.
Take out of the freezer, cut into rectangles.
After mixing all the ingredients together, roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Roll the balls in coconut. Refrigerate until firm before serving.
Return to the freezer for 30 min.
Take out of the freezer and into the fridge. – Must be eaten cold but not frozen. – Enjoy!!!