Farthing Biscuits

Farthing Biscuits recipe

Learn how to bake Norman's farthing biscuits recipe from the Biscuits episode of The Great British Baking Show.

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Ingredients

  • 225g (8 oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 225g (8 oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 85g (3 oz) lightly salted butter, plus extra to serve
  • 85g (3 oz) lard

Directions

  1. For the biscuits, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Rub in butter and lard so that mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add just enough cold water to bring the mixture together to form a stiff dough (about 5-6 tablespoons). Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a thickness just less than a £1 coin.
  5. Using a 9cm (3½ in) round cutter cut out biscuits from the dough. Prick the top of the biscuits all over to decorate, leaving a plain 5mm/¼in border around the edge.
  6. Transfer to wire racks or baking mesh. Place the racks/mesh on baking trays and bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the biscuits are dry but not browned. Set aside to cool completely.
  7. Serve the biscuits with chilled butter.

Tips/Techniques

Equipment required: a 9cm (3½ in) round cutter
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