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Essies, crisp, sweet biscuits with a lovely combination of spices baked in interestingly coloured S-shapes

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Makes: 84
  • 750 ml flour

  • 5 ml salt

  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda

  • 5 ml cream of tartar

  • 5 ml ground nutmeg

  • 5 ml ground cloves

  • 5 ml ground cinnamon

  • 5 ml ground ginger

  • 375 ml brown sugar

  • 125 g butter

  • 50 g fat

  • 3 eggs

  • 5 ml red bole 1

  1. Sift flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar and spices

  2. Add sugar and mix

  3. Rub butter and fat into flour mixture with fingertips

  4. Beat eggs, add to flour mixture and form a dough that can be rolled out

  5. Divide the dough into two chunks of roughly equal size, mix red bole into one chunk.

  6. Roll dough into small balls and press each red ball into a white ball, roll into a snake and form a ‘S’

  7. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 180°C for 10- 12 minutes

  8. Loosen biscuits and cool on wirerack.

  1. Red bole is a food colouring obtainable from pharmacies.

Category: Baked Goods

Cuisine: Cape Malay

Sub-Category: Traditional

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