Monday, 29 February 2016

Recipe: Chai Tea Biscuits with Lemon Icing


Chai Tea Biscuits - Penne For Your Thoughts

There’s something quite comforting about chai. It’s one of my favourite spice mixes. I always pick chai tea latte when out and about because for me it’s like a hug in a mug.

Giving up chocolate for lent has gone well, in fact I haven’t even craved it that much. Mainly because I have filled that empty hole with biscuits and cake. Oops. Let’s not focus on that though… (p.s. totally joined a gym so it all cancels out…Right?!)

This weekend, as Chris was away, I decided to bake some biscuits. So much better than shop bought, and the aroma that filled the kitchen from the chai tea was incredible.


Chai Tea Biscuits with Lemon Icing

Shaping them into tea bags (super easy by the way) gives them a professional look and would suit a tea party wonderfully. However totally not necessary if you just want to scoff the lot in one sitting.

Dipping them in a lemon icing was a last minute decision, but one I am glad I made. I cannot get over how well the two flavours complimented each other and the sweetness of the icing hit that afternoon sugar craving beautifully.

Chai Biscuits with Lemon icing recipe


Are you a fan of chai tea?

Makes approx 20 biscuits

Ingredients

For the biscuits:
1 egg yolk
300g plain flour
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g caster sugar
3 chai tea bags
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the icing:
150g icing sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

Method

1. Ground the contents of the three chai tea bags down to a finer consistency using a pestle and mortar

2. In a food processor mix together the egg yolk, plain flour, butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and chai tea mix

3. Once combined empty into a large bowl, and using your hand push and knead together to form a dough. Wrap in clingfilm and place the dough in the fridge to chill for a minimum of 1 hour

4. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease and line two baking trays. Take the dough from the fridge and on a lightly floured surface roll out the dough until it's about 1-2 cm thick. Using a square cutter, cut out 20 squares

5. Next take a sharp knife and take the two top corners off diagonally so you're left with a tea bag shape (or an apron shape).

6. Then take a straw and poke a hole in the top. Repeat for all biscuits

7. Place on the lined tray and bake for around 10-12 minutes until the edges are starting to brown. Once out the oven leave to cool on the tray for around 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

8. Once the biscuits are completely cool, make the icing by mixing the lemon juice and the icing sugar together.

9. Tie bits of string through the holes to make the biscuits into tea bags then dip the bottoms into the icing. Place back on the wire rack until the icing has set.

Love chai? Check out these other great recipes from my foodie friends:

Chai Spiced Oat Bars by Nadia's Healthy Kitchen
Chai Courgette Muffins by Recipes From a Pantry
Fruity Chai Loaf by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary
Chai Concentrate by Travels for Taste
Chai Latte Ice Cream by Munchies & Munchkins
Chocolate Chai Masala Fairy Cakes by Tin & Thyme

3 comments :

  1. I bet these taste beautiful!!!! Such a fab flavour combination and such a pretty way to present them too. Very inspiring :-)

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  2. I love chai flavoured foods and these cute biscuits t bag shaped are so lovely.

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  3. Oh these sound so delicious Sophie, and love the teabag shape - so cute! These would be such a lovely present.

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