Once upon a time, there was a certain value in holding on to a great recipe. People would share baked goods with pride but wouldn't divulge the secret ingredients. Family recipes were somewhat sacred to behold and were passed down through the generations as a "right of passage". I remember myself and an old friend cooked for her parents when we were no more than 10 years old and included in the feast was a simple summer salad. I concocted a dressing using a recipe that my mother had given to me and, after being complimented on my salad dressing wizardry, I was quizzed on the ingredients. Not only did I decide that this was a family secret that I couldn't reveal, but when I did finally cave and gave them the recipe, I changed quantities and left out ingredients just to ensure that they couldn't rob from the O'Connor recipe treasure trove. I know, brat!
This secrecy involving recipes has pretty much faded with time. History suggests that, in the past, cooking was one of the only outlets women had for personal expression, and this may have led to the notion that a good recipe was an asset that must be protected. But society has changed and nowadays, people love sharing their secret to getting a gooey chocolate fudge cake or their tips for perfect pastry. Obviously, I love sharing recipes, but I also love nothing more than being given a great recipe off of a friend, it's the perfect gift! That's exactly where I got this unbelievably simple recipe for melting Lemon Drop Biscuits.
My good friend, Debbie made these last weekend. The smell coming from the kitchen had me swooning over them. Without even glancing at a book, Debbie scribbled down the recipe for me and I promised to have a go at making them with gluten-free flour. There are only 4 ingredients in these biscuits and they take a matter of minutes to make but, wow, they are so good! The only problem, however, is that they are seriously moreish and before you know it, the batch is gone! Definitely a recipe that I'll be adding to the catalogue and passing on!
200g Irish Butter, softened
50g Icing Sugar, plus extra for dusting
Zest of one Organic Lemon
200g Plain Flour (I use Doves Plain Gluten Free Flour)
Preheat the oven to 180'C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Using a electric mixer (either handheld or freestanding), cream the butter and icing sugar until fluffy. (You can use a wooden spoon if you like ... this will help work to off the inevitable feast when these bad boys are baked!)! Add in the lemon zest and flour and mix until smooth.
Roll the mixture into golf ball size rounds and place on the tray, leaving enough space for the biscuits to spread out as they cook. Using the back of a spoon, flatten the dough balls slightly. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden in colour.
Leave the biscuits to cool slightly on the tray and then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, dust with a little icing sugar. Serve with a cup of tea or coffee!