Good morning family and friends! You might be all thinking, what is this all about 5 O’Clock Tea Cookies! Well, this recipe just happens to be one of those recipes with an amazing story behind it.
As I have mentioned before, my husband and I decided to create a food blog to share our daily meals, snacks and sweets, with the help of Rodrigo who, once in a while, loves to jump in and help.
It’s been two months now, and every day we learn something new about blogging. For us, it is easier to cook and bake than blogging, but because we enjoy sharing our recipes with you, we won’t give up. Today’s recipe was based on a story that Rodrigo read to us before going to sleep. It was about a Portuguese princess that wasn’t very liked by the English but she did popularize the famous “five o’clock tea” in England. Princess Catherine of Braganza became much respected in the London Court where she imposed the ritual of drinking tea. It was such an inspirational story that we decided to bake cookies that would go very well with the “five o’clock tea”.
These cookies are very simple to make and we don’t use many ingredients for them. One special ingredient that we use is lard. But if you don’t like the idea of introducing pork products in your bake, you can substitute it with shortening. It is also 100% fat.
I would recommend using pastry cookie cutter, they make the cookie look so real and all the same size.
5 O’Clock Tea Cookies
Homemade Cookies with a story to tell over a warm cup of tea.
- 500g all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 125g sugar
- 80g unsalted butter, softened
- 80g lard
- 1 large egg
- Step 1 In a large bowl, sieve the flour with the yeast. Add the sugar, butter and lard.
- Step 2 Whisk the egg and add it into the flour mixture. With your clean, flour-dusted hands, knead the dough until it comes together.
- Step 3 When you are able to make a ball with the dough, place it into a dusted bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel for an hour.
- Step 4 Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper, or coat well with cooking spray.
- Step 5 Transfer the dough onto a flour-dusted surface and roll it out until it’s half cm thin. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Step 6 Again, cover the cookies with the same kitchen towel for an hour.
- Step 7 Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. While they are still hot, sprinkle coarse sugar and cinnamon. Serve them only when cold.
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