English Biscuits

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 50g (1/3 cup) soft brown sugar
  • 50g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
  • 175g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk (optional)
  • 50g shelled hazel nuts or almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 50g plain or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • salt
Makes 15
  • Preheat oven to 175 - 180 degrees
  • Cream butter with both types of sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt
  • Sift cream mixture and beat constantly with wooden spoon
  • If necessary, soften mixture with milk (this is optional)
  • Place a tbsp of mixture as one piece for 15 pieces, spaced well apart, on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 7-8 minutes
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and leave to cool slightly, then remove biscuits with a knife and leave to cool on a wire rack