20.6.13

Lemon balls


This little desert is a real summer refreshment...it's very crumbly and the lemon juice and zest give it exactly what you need for summer :) I'm actually eating one of them at the moment with a glass of milk :D

Apart from the fact that this recipe's refreshing, it's also very easy, but you can be the judge of that :)

You will need:

  • 340g of pastry flour
  • 6 spoons of powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons (juice from one lemon+zest from both lemons)
  • 1 packet of baking powder (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 120g of butter
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • a bit of sunflower oil
  • a bit of milk
Note: I ended up with slightly more than 50 cookies out of this quantity of ingredients, although I didn't make them too small so don't worry, you definitely won't go hungry ;)

How to prepare:

  1. Mix together flour, sugar, lemon zest and baking powder.
  2. Add softened butter (you can mix it in with your hands or a wooden spoon, whichever your prefer).
  3. Add beaten eggs and lemon juice. I started using a mixer at this point. Also, there was no milk or sunflower oil in the original recipe but I added just 3-4 tablespoons of both to make the mixture more compact (since these cookies are crumbly, it can be tricky to make the dough into balls).
  4. If you want to, you can leave the dough in the fridge for about an hour, though I didn't do this because I didn't really have the time. This is supposed to make the dough finer, but I'm pretty happy with the results even without this step :)
  5. Put some baking paper on your baking pan and heat up your oven to 180°C (since my oven is a bit stronger, I put it at 170°C).
  6. Make the dough into small balls and place them on the pan making sure to leave a centimeter or two between each one.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes. The cookies will be quite pale on the top, but take care to check what their bottom looks like after 10-12 minutes of baking (it should be slightly rosy).
  8. Leave them out to cool down a bit and sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.
And that would be it :D pretty simple, isn't it?
It really won't take too long for you to bake these cookies...I know that no one feels like staying in a hot kitchen, especially not at summer time for which these cookies are intended.

Anyway, merry Litha and enjoy! :D
Yours,
Witch's Cat

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