How to Bake Rascals

How to Bake Rascals

Yields: 6

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients needed to make Rascals:

  • 5 ½ oz self-raising flour, sifted
  • 5 ½ oz plain flour, sifted
  • 4 ½ oz butter, diced
  • 4 oz mixed dried fruits
  • 1 ¾ oz mixed peel
  • 2 fl oz milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten along with a splash of milk to form egg wash
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 3 ½ oz caster sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • Blanched almonds, to serve
  • Glace cherries, halved, to serve
  • Butter, as required, to serve

Cooking instructions for Rascals:

  • Warm up your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place both kinds of flours in a bowl and stir them all together along with a dash of baking powder.
  • Throw in the butter cubes into the dry mixture and work them together, while rubbing them between your fingers, until they blend together to form a crumble-like mixture.
  • Sprinkle the lemon zest, spices as well as dried fruits into the dry mixture until well combined and set aside.
  • Crack the egg into a separate bowl and beat in milk until both of them blend together to a pale yellow mixture.
  • Drizzle it into the dry mixture and stir them all together until they clump together to form a soft dough.
  • Place the dough onto a lightly floured working surface and roll it out into an inch thick circle.
  • Carve out round biscuits with the help of a cookie cutter and arrange them on a baking sheet, previously lined with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • Brush them with the prepared egg wash, sprinkle the almonds on top of the biscuits and stud them with the cherry halves.
  • Pop them into the hot oven and bake for 20 minutes or until they turn golden brown and are baked through.
  • Set aside on a wire rack to cool slightly and serve warm along with a splodge of butter on top of each.

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