Saturday, 20 October 2018

Shrewsbury Biscuits Recipe

Kayani Bakery's Shrewsbury biscuits are the most loved biscuits of India. Crispy, buttery with a beautiful texture, these biscuits are truly iconic in taste.

Baking culinary delights since 1955, Kayani Bakery-pioneers of bakery industry in India, are renowned for their legendary cookies. Shrewsbury biscuits are their most popular creation and sell like hot cakes. Freshly baked, Shrewsbury biscuits are a perfect combination of right texture and crisp buttery taste.

Being an inhabitant of the lovely erstwhile sleepy (though no longer) city, recreating these in my kitchen have been on my to do since, well... always.

A Shrewsbury cake or Shrewsbury biscuit is a classic English dessert, named after Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire in England. A man named Mr Palin became famous for the version he started making in 1819.

They used to be made much harder and crispier than they are now.

So for everyone who has ever had and loved these, read on for a delightfully simple recipe below.

To make 20 standard sized biscuits

You will need:

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered or superfine sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 small egg
1 tablespoon zest or orange or lime 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt


Using an electric whisk cream together the sugar and butter until light and creamy (no more than 3 minutes on low speed)

Now fold in a lightly whisked egg along with the zest.

Gently fold in the flour that has been mixed with baking powder and salt in three batches, incorporate well after each addition.

Whisk once more till the mix resembles wet lumps, do not over mix.

Bring the dough together with your hands.

Divide into two, wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Once cool roll out into a rectangle to your desired thickness and cut out desired shapes.

Bake in a preheated oven @ 180°C for 10 minutes or until the biscuits start getting golden brown at the base.

Allow to cool on a wire rack till they reach room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container.


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