Autumnal Orange Biscuits (Dairy, Gluten/Wheat, Egg free)

It’s October… The weather is getting colder so what better to way to warm yourself up with some baking. These biscuits are a perfect Autumn treat. Everything about them shouts Autumn – from the orange colour and flavour to the process of baking them!

I found a recipe online (that I used as a starting point) that contained ingredients that weren’t gluten/dairy free, so with a little experimentation I have substituted with alternatives – for this reason I have also changed some of the quantities. I know you’re meant to be ‘precise’ when you bake; but I tend to just wing it, follow my instinct and go with what looks/tastes good. Obviously you don’t need to use gluten/dairy free ingredients – but trust me, you can’t tell the difference. I think these yummy biscuits are a winner!

Ingredients:

For the Biscuit –

  • 140g of softened Sunflower Butter (or other dairy free butter)
  • 175g of Gluten free Self raising flour
  • 50g Icing Sugar
  • Zest of one orange

For the icing glaze –

  • 50g Icing Sugar
  • Juice of Half an orange
  • Zest of half an orange

What you will need –

  • A mixing bowl
  • A mixing spoon
  • A baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • A grater
  • A knife/or cutter
  • A cup of tea
  1. Beat the butter until smooth. Using a sieve add the flour and icing sugar. Then stir in the zest.
  2. Knead, roll into a large ball and wrap in cling film. Leave in the fridge to cool for 1 hour.
  3. While this is in the fridge you can have a quick tidy up and line a tray or 2 with baking paper. Also pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
  4. Roll on to a clean, lightly floured surface to about 4mm. This next bit is where it is kind of up to you. You can use a cutter, or lids to create shapes. Alternatively you can cut shapes with a knife (I attempted a few pumpkin shapes – but gave up as I ran out of time).
  5. On the tray lined with baking paper – cook for 15 mins, and then check regularly until they are a light golden brown.
  6. Whilst they are in the oven, time to prepare the glaze. Combine the icing sugar, orange juice and zest – mix until thick and smooth.
  7. Once you remove the biscuits, put them on a cooling rack. Leave them for as long as you can resist not touching them (let’s say 10 minutes) and then apply the glaze. WARNING – if you want a thicker consistency for the glaze add more icing sugar. If not, when applying the mixture ensure you have something covering your surface as it likes to drip…
  8. Make yourself a nice herbal tea to have with a few biscuits and enjoy the yummy orange flavours!

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Whilst these make a great Halloween/Autumn afternoon treat, I think they will be fantastic at Christmas with a hint of cinnamon or ginger! ‘Free From’ baking can be a challenge – but these are super simple to make.

Enjoy! X

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