Friday, December 24, 2010

Cranberry Crème Fraîche Biscuits: Soft, flaky and very delicious biscuits !

 I feel a bit lazy now, last week I had a lot of thing to do, check up at hospital, dentist and a lot of shopping (actually I love this part if I had more time to shop than rushing through all the shops), but we are all the same right? New year is the busiest time of the year.
Anyway even in the busiest time, we still need to eat ^^, and what will be better than a soft and flaky biscuit with a cup of hot tea or coffee.
I think about making this biscuit when I saw that I still got homemade Crème Fraîche in the fridge. So I turn to the book ............................. I choose the recipe that originally use the sour cream and change the sour cream into Crème Fraîche.
And the result, well, I love it!!!!!! The sourness from the Crème Fraîche is not as hash as the sour cream and the Crème Fraîche has more richess, so the biscuit turn out to be rich and soft, with a very light tangy taste. I think that another factor that make my biscuits more delicious is the cranberry, ^^, usually they will leave a little bitterness in the mouth after eating it (I don't know that it's a common feeling or not but me and my brother always feel that way). This time the dried cranberry is sweet, lightly sour and plump, most of all I can't taste the bitterness. When they come together in this biscuit I think it's a heaven sent ^^.
I know that many people still have a problem when making biscuits or scone, but I have to say that it's really easy. All you have to do is not afraid to making it ^^. They will turn out well even you feel that you can't do it, and it's easier when you use the cake flour like in this recipe, the biscuits will has less chance to become tough.
The key is keeping all the ingredients cool (you can do this by refrigerate the flour mixture before mixing the biscuits), the butter will be less likely to melt before going into the oven. After pour the liquid into the flour mixture, mixing it just to make the flour moisten then knead the dough shortly, remember that you just making the ingredients stick together, not making a bread.
Actually you can use any kind of dried fruit that you have on hand but remember to cut the fruit into small pieces, you will find it easier to mix with butter and flour.




Cranberry Crème Fraîche Biscuits
Makes 8


220g ............................... Cake flour
3tsp ................................ Baking powder
30g ................................. Sugar
¼tsp .............................. Salt
30g ................................. Dried cranberry 
100g ............................... Unsalted butter (cold and cut into small pieces)
1 ...................................... Egg
40g ................................. Crème Fraîche
1tsp ................................ Milk
........................................ Milk, and sugar for brushing and sprinkle on top of the biscuits


Preheat the oven to 180°C. 
Line the baking sheet with baking paper or silicone baking mat.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into the bowl.
 Put the dried cranberry into the bowl and stir to combine.
Mix together egg, Crème Fraîche and milk in small bowl.
 Put the cold butter into the flour mixture, using the scraper or your finger mix the flour and butter together, until they look like breadcrumbs. 
Pour the egg and Crème Fraîche mixture into the bowl and stir lightly until the flour moisten. 
Take out of the bowl and knead lightly until smooth. 
Pat the dough into rectangular and cut into 8.
Place the biscuits dough into the baking sheet, brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. 
Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown.
Take off the oven and rest on the sheet for 10 minutes until firm up.
Serve warm with a cup of your favorite drink ^^.
Cranberry Crème Fraîche Biscuits: 
Soft, flaky and very delicious biscuits !

3 comments:

Priya said...

Elegant and marvellous looking biscuits..

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Doodle said...

I have tried several of your recipes and I must say all of them taste awesome

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