As promised, Monte Carlo biscuits. Once again from Sally Wise's Sweet book. The recipe says it makes 20 paired biscuits, I made 16. I made each individual biscuit 3 teaspoons or a UK/USA tablespoon. I used the same method as last week with the Kingston biscuits, but with a big dessert spoon.
I softened the butter and should have heated the egg for 10-15 seconds in the microwave because it was -2*C outside when I was making these and it was hard to get the mixture to cream: it kept getting cold!!
The vanilla filling is generous, but I think the biscuits needed a minute or two more than the recipe said. It is also important to let them rest on the tray for 5 minutes after they come out of the oven. If you try to do anything to them, they are so soft they deform.
They will keep for a week in an airtight container.
Monte Carlo Biscuits makes 16-20 paired biscuits
- 125g softened butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 tspn golden syrup
- 1 egg
- 250g self raising flour
- 1 tbspn dessicated coconut
- 60g softened butter
- 1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
- 1/2 tspn vanilla extract- I used 1 tspn, I like vanilla
- boiling water as needed
- and 1/3 cup firmly set raspberry jam
Preheat the oven to 150*C and grease and line two trays.
Either by measuring with a spoon or by eye, divide the dough up into portions. Roll into balls and place on the tray. Leave a little room for the biscuits to spread and flatten each one slightly with a fork dipped in flour.
While the biscuits are cooling make the vanilla filling by combining the softened butter, sifted icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Mix together and add boiling water a little at a time until the mixture comes together smoothly and will be easy to spread. If it does set a little before you use it all, add a dash more boiling water.
Spread jam on one half the biscuits and then the vanilla filling on the matching pairs. I found dipping the knife into hot water as I spread the vanilla filling really helped. Then sandwich the biscuits gently together.
Eat with a cup of tea or coffee, and these are biscuits I can eat but I gave them all to the doctors and nurses at the Animal Medical Centre!!