Its been a while since I have heard the word licorice, its not a food that I would go out and buy but would eat if it was in front of me.
After attending a wedding that had a lollie (candy) buffet with an amazing chocolate covered licorice I decided that I wanted to bake something with this ingredient.
After some though I felt a licorice pie could be a goer, a cake…maybe, but the easiest and quickest way to incorporate this ingredient into baking would have to be biscuits, (easy and quick as I planned to bake a few variations to get that scrumptious recipe).
Outcome – a few attempts (too chewy, too hard, too soft then one perfect with a shortbread consistency version) I have decided to share this awesome recipe. This biscuit is super tasty but only for a licorice fan as I have gone ‘generous’ with the flavor.
- 250g butter
- 130g sugar
- 80g condensed milk
- 2 tsn anisette essence
- 300g plain flour
- 1 + ½ tsn baking powder
- 80g licorice pieces
- Pre-heat oven to 160c and line 3 big baking trays with baking paper.
- With electric beaters beat the butter and sugar for 5 minutes until light and creamy.
- Add the milk and essence then beat for another few minutes until smooth.
- Add the flour and baking powder to the mix and beat.
- Add the licorice cut into small pieces and beat until well combine.
- Roll mix into balls with hands to small golf ball sizes (30g in size).
- Place balls on the trays and slightly flatten with hands.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until golden.
- Once cooked place on a rack to cool.
- Licorice is not the easies to dice I actually used scissors to cut the pieces into small diced pieces.
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