you know winter has arrived when you love having the oven on as it cooks a hearty meal slowly over many hours and dessert after dinner is not simply an iceblock to cool down but something warming too.
I always love chai tea in winter. There's something almost medicinal about brewing the spices over a pot on the stove and adding a generous amount of honey, of course.
I've been thinking about making some easy to make biscuits using chai spices for a while now and finally here is a recipe that I would be more then happy to pull out on any cold night fresh from the oven. enjoy...
250g Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (plus a dash more)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
125g unsalted butter, cold and chopped into cubes
135g brown sugar
60ml/1/4 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon honey (I used Beechworth Tasmanian Leatherwood)
Pre heat oven to 180C, fan forced and line 2 baking trays with baking paper
Sift flour, bicarb soda and spices together in a large bowl.
Boil water. Measure out 1/4 cup of boiled water into a heat proof bowl and stir in honey until dissolved.
Add the butter and sugar to the flour mix and rub until the mix resembles bread crumbs.
Add the boiled water to the flour mix and stir with a flat blade knife until the mix starts to form a soft dough. Kneed lightly with your hands and then roll into small balls (approx 20g each) and place on baking tray, squashing them down slightly with your thumb. Allow room for spreading. You should get at least 36 cookies from the mix.
Bake for 15 minutes. Leave on the trays for 10 minutes before cooling completely on a rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
enjoy with some hot and spicy chai tea!