zesty orange biscuits with warm honey spiced milk

This week I have brought together a great, easy to prepare biscuit and a lovely drink to give the warm Christmas Eve glow that you get when all the wrapping has been done and dinner for the big day is organised. The orange sable biscuit is a lovely crumbly, zesty bite that can be prepared well in advance and brought out the fridge, rolled and cut just before baking. The aromas that fill the kitchen while they cook just sing Christmas, warm cinnamon and nutmeg mingle with the scent of sweet oranges.

We get the kids to help cut out and bake the biscuits as it keeps them busy and anything that can occupy over-excited children on Christmas Eve has to be good, right?  Most importantly, these are the biscuits that they are going to be left at the fireplace for Santa and his magical reindeers. Once they are baked and cooled the kids can’t wait to set up a wee plate with the honeyed milk, biscuits, a carrot or two and maybe a dram (we all know Santa likes a dram…) Then it’s time for the kids to have a glass of the warm milk before going to bed, excited and tired as something tells me they will be up early in the morning.

Happy Christmas to you all.


The Method

250ml unsalted butter, diced and soft
90g icing sugar
pinch sea salt
1 free range egg yolk
250g Plain flour
40g Corn flour
1/2tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla extract
zest of 2 oranges, finely chopped

Honey spiced milk
300ml milk of your choice
1tbsp honey
1tsp vanilla extract
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch ground cinnamon
pinch ground ginger

To make the biscuits

1. Pre-heat the oven to 175’C / Gas Mark 6
2. Sift together both flours and cinnamon.
3. Using the beater of your mixer cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt for 2 mins at medium speed.
4. Add egg yolk and continue to mix for 1 more minute.
5. Add dry ingredients and zest to butter/ sugar mix and mix slowly till just combined.
6. Scrape dough onto greaseproof paper, cover and chill for a couple of hours or overnight.
7. Roll out dough to about 6mm and cut biscuits or if you prefer, the dough can be rolled into a sausage shape and cut into slices.
8. Lay biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 mins or until the biscuits are just beginning to colour.
9. Allow biscuits to cool before trying to lift them, when cool store in an airtight container.


To make the honey spiced milk

Warm all ingredients in a small pan over a medium heat till warm, pour through a strainer into glasses and serve.