One of the most quintessential Norwegian biscuits and considered one of the ‘Seven Sorts’ (the traditional Christmas cakes and biscuits of Norway) these delicate, buttery biscuits are delightfully simple. Finished with a sprinkling of pearl sugar or chopped almonds, I promise you won’t be able to stop at just one!
- 200 g (1⅔ cups) plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 150 g chilled butter, diced
- 110 g (½ cup) caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp natural vanilla essence or extract
- 1 egg white, lightly whisked
- pearl sugar (see Note) or chopped natural almonds, to sprinkle
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Chilling time 1 hour
Place the flour, baking powder and butter in the bowl or a food processor and process until well combined. Add the caster sugar and process to combine. Use a fork to whisk together the egg and vanilla, add to the flour mixture and process using the pulse button until just combined
Turn the dough onto a benchtop, bring together with your hands and roll into a log about 4 cm in diameter and 30 cm long. Wrap in plastic wrap, twisting the ends to seal, place on a tray and chill in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm enough to cut.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
Unwrap the chilled dough and use a sharp knife to cut into 5 mm-thick slices, placing the biscuits on the lined trays about 2 cm apart to allow room for spreading. Brush the tops with a little egg white and then sprinkle with the pearl sugar or almonds.
Bake in preheated oven for 10–12 minutes, swapping the trays around after 5 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Cool on the trays. Repeat with the remaining biscuit dough.
• Pearl sugar (also known as hail or nib sugar) is a coarse white sugar used extensively in European baking. Because it retains its shape (it doesn’t melt during cooking) it adds a lovely textural sweet crunch to pastries, sweet breads and biscuits. Pearl sugar is available at specialty food stores and European-style delicatessens.
• The biscuit dough, once rolled and wrapped, can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting and baking.
• These biscuits will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Sarah O'Brien. Food preparation by Tina McLeish. Creative concept by Lou Fay.
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This recipe is part of our Bakeproof: Scandi baking.