“MAILANDER” are magnificently crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and are very seducing taste-wise although they are simple cookies. The addition of lemon zest gives them a beautiful and delicate perfume, thus adding a little fancy twist to their delectable roundness of taste. You’ll find out that they go very fast and will not last very long, so you’d better try them out now as you’ll not regret baking such heavenly biscuits…
Makes around 40 biscuits
250g Unsalted butter
240g Castor sugar
A pinch of salt
3 Eggs (~50g)
The zest of 1 lemon
500g Plain white flour
1 Egg yolk
1 Tsp water
1. Cream the butter, add the sugar and eggs one after another. Beat well the mixture until it is smooth in consistency.
2. Add the salt and lemon zest.
3. Incorporate the flour until you get a soft dough.
4. Wrap the dough in plastic cellophane and refrigerate for a few hours.
5. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
6. Roll out the dough (7mm thickness) on a lightly floured surface.
7. Cut out shapes with the cookie cutters of your choice.
8. Place cut out shapes on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
9. Brush the tops with the egg yolk and water mixture.
10. Bake for about 10 minutes.
Do not knead the dough, otherwise the biscuits would be too hard. You have carefully to work the dough like shortcrust pastry (see the shortcrust recipe in the “sweets” category of my blog).
The “MAILANDER” should not be rolled out too thinly nor too thickly, therefore you should rigorously respect the instructions.
If you wish you can cut out the biscuits with a hole in the center so that you can hang them on the Christmas tree.
Eat these "MAILANDER" with a good cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate at any time of the day.
(Milan -Pic by Letizia Falini www.trekearth.com)
(Milander Getting Brushed -Pic by www.cooperation-online.ch)