Extract taken from Paul Hollywood’s British Baking, published by Bloomsbury, £25, hardback
Photography © Peter Cassidy
- 100 g unsalted butter, softened
- 100g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting (optional)
- 1 large egg yolk
- Grated zest of ½ lemon
- 100g plain ﬂour
- 100g cornﬂour
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate soda
Beat the butter and icing sugar together until light and ﬂuffy in a bowl, then beat in the egg yolk, followed by the lemon zest.
Sift the ﬂour, cornﬂour and bicarbonate of soda together. Stir them into the butter and sugar mixture a spoonful at a time, then bring the mixture together into a dough and knead brieﬂy until smooth.
Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment. Roll out the dough on a lightly ﬂoured surface to a 5mm thickness. Using a 6.5cm ﬂuted cutter, stamp out rounds and place them on the lined baking trays, pressing the trimmings together and re-rolling them to make more biscuits as necessary.
Prick the biscuits all over with a fork and chill for 30 minutes; this helps prevent them spreading in the oven. Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4.
Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes, until they are just starting to colour. Leave them on the baking trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar before serving, if you like.