Ever on the search for delicious things to do with walnuts (since I have several young walnut trees in the orchard) I was delighted to find a recipe for some slightly quirky walnut based biscuits on Simply Recipes. Right on cue, as I made these back in January, it began to hail enough to dust the ground in white and to our east and north they had proper snow.
1 cup flour
1.5 cups walnuts, finely chopped
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (I actually forgot to add this, and the biscuits didn't suffer)
125 g butter, cut into dice
A pinch of salt
About 5 generous tablespoons of icing sugar
- Shell and chop the walnuts if you are using homegrown.
- Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, walnuts, sugar) together.
- Add the vanilla.
- Rub the butter in to the dry mix until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs. This will take a while because of the nuts.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 150C and line baking trays with silicone mats.
- Form the dough into large marble sized balls and place on the trays. They won't spread but leave a gap of a couple of centimetres.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- Once out of the oven cool for 5-10 minutes then roll in icing sugar.
- Put on a rack to cool completely then roll them in icing sugar a second time.
- Makes about 18 balls. They keep well in a sealed jar, and will freeze.
I buy my flour from Farine du Berry, butter from the Laiterie de Verneuil, both available in the Intermarché supermarket in Yzeures sur Creuse. The vanilla comes from a guy I see every year at the Saffron Fair in Preuilly who has a mate in Réunion with a vanilla plantation.