Sunshine Lemon, White Chocolate and Parsley Biscuits

We are currently experiencing a bit of a heatwave. I’m no weather expert, but I’ve heard that currently we are soaring high above the average temperature for March. Apparently over the weekend, it was hotter in London than it was in Greece!

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Which is fantastic.

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We have been trying to spend as much time out in the sun as we can. (In England, you really have to make the most of it while its there- because you never know how long it will last for or when it might be back!)

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Unfortunately, in our skinny terraced house that is sandwiched in on all sides, we don’t have much of a garden. The tiny courtyard space in the back is barely big enough for a washing line- and sun there is scarce! So we have taken to sitting outside the front of our house, in the foot of space between our front door and the pavement. We set up camp there first thing in the morning, and refuse to move until the sun has finally disappeared. Also, its south facing- and for some reason, it’s never windy, so we have our own little sun trap.

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Also our absolutely adamant approach to being outside is definitely entertaining our neighbours!

These biscuits are the perfect outside in the sun treat. They are ridiculously easy to whip up, and taste just like sunshine.

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Lemon Biscuits with White Chocolate Icing and Crystallised Parsley

for the biscuits:

200g butter

100g sugar

300g plain flour

zest of 2 lemons

Mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gently mix in the flour until it is incorporated but be careful not to over mix. Add the lemon zest. Use your hands to bring the mixture into a ball of dough.

Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick, and using a pastry cutter (or a smallish drinking glass if you don’t have one (like me!)) cut out round biscuits. Put onto a baking sheet and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius and bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden.

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To decorate:

1 bar of white chocolate

a small handful of parsley leaves

Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

Once the biscuits are cool, spread some of the melted chocolate on top, then leave to harden slightly.

Crystallising things is really fun and very easy- you can do it will all sorts of leaves or edible flowers so feel free to experiment!

All you need is a beaten egg white and some caster sugar.

Using an artist’s paintbrush, brush each leaf with egg white. Then sprinkle generously with caster sugar. Leave in a dry place overnight to harden. They can be stored in an air tight jar and used to decorate, well, everything!

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xxR