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Tuesday 1 December 2009

Baking for Beginners: Orange and Polenta Biscuits

Miss Cay and I were lucky enough to be sent on a Eurostar press trip to Brussels this weekend courtesy of Little Break. After learning about chocolate (more about that later) we spent a couple of hours getting lost in the city. And Miss Cay and I stumbled across a shop that can only be described as a biscuit pick 'n' mix. Buy your tin, fill it with biscuits, pay for your stuff. Aces. And all sorts of different kinds of biscuits too!

There were some orange ones that reminded me of some biscuits Domestic Slut Jess makes so I badgered her for the recipe. They're yummy, fresh and perfect with the fizzy stuff. The recipes was initial from that nice-looking chap Jamie Oliver guy, but Jess has adapted it a little.

Makes around 25 biscuits according to Jamie. Loads more than that according to Jess.

You'll need:
  • 170g / 6oz butter
  • 170g / 6oz sugar
  • 255g / 9oz polenta
  • 100g / 33/4oz plain flour
  • zest 2-3 oranges, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
Make it!

Rub the butter, sugar, polenta and flour together before mixing in the orange zest and the eggs. Cover with clingfilm and put in the fridge for an hour until slightly firm (I didn't do this once and it was fine). Place a large square of greaseproof paper on a baking tray and spoon small teaspoons of the mixture in lines 5cm / 2in apart. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C / 375F / gas 5 for around 5 - 6 minutes (I think a bit longer) until the outside edges of your biscuits are lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before eating (but they are good warm too).


  1. That shop was AMAZING! All of those tins were so pretty as well, I kind of regret not buying one to store all of my junk in now!

  2. Yeah, I wish I'd bought a tin too - then we could have got Jess to make us biscuits to store in them :-)

  3. Good lord, that place looks all kinds of fantastic. I am a sucker for a decent biscuit tin too. My grandma has kept all her old ones and keeps giving me them one by one - I have an amazing one which used to hold biscotti (and now holds buttons).

    My housemate (who likes to snaffle these biscuits) lives in Brussels part-time. I wonder what he's going to have to bring back for me next time....

  4. I do love those orange biscuits, and you're right - they go so well with wine (as we discovered last night...)

  5. I've been to one of those shops, except the one I visited was in Paris! I got the blue tin pictured at the bottom of the first pic – needless to say, the biscuits are long gone, but the tin remains a colourful reminder of my Parisian jaunt. :)


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