Pistachio and rose shortbread
I love making biscuits as gifts and these are so cute, perfect for mothers day and bridal showers.
The base of this recipe came from the wonderful Ottolenghi cook book but I have pimped it up by adding dried roses and a rose drizzle for something a little extra.
6 cardamom pods
200g salted butter
25g ground rice
240g plain flour
35g icing sugar (+ extra for dusting and icing)
Handful of pistachios
large table spoon of dried rose petals
1 drop of rose water (for drizzle)
1 beaten egg.
Using a pestle and mortar crush the cardamom pods and remove the shells, then grind them up as fine as possible, don't worry if you haven't got a pestle and mortar- put the pods into a bag and bash with a rolling pin.
Now I used my magi mix for the next bit, you can do it by hand but its really hard work.
Beat the butter, ground rice, flour, icing sugar and cardamom dust until it comes together into a firm paste/dough.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and roll into a log with your hands to a diameter thickness of about 5cm. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for one hour.
While the dough is chilling, blitz the pistachios with the rose petals until you have a medium to fine crumb. Scatter onto a flat board.
Brush the log with the beaten egg and roll into the crumb mix pushing down slightly to get as much as possible covered. Wrap again in clingfilm and refrigerate for thirty mins.
Cut into 5cm rounds and lay on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. Bake in the top of the oven at gas 2/150C for 20-25 mins
While the shortbread is baking, mix roughly 2 table spoons of icing sugar with a tiny bit of water and one drop of rose water, mix to a paste and add pink food colouring (optional)
Wait for the shortbread to cool, then dust some with icing sugar and drizzle the rose icing over the rest, scatter with extra rose petals.
Will keep in an airtight tin for one week.
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