Raspberry and Matcha Checkerboard Biscuits
Makes around 30 biscuits. You can also mix up the flavours, why not try replacing the raspberry or matcha with cocoa powder!
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 220g unsalted butter
- 120g icing sugar
- 50g caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg (separated into yolk and white)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence or extract
- 3 tsp matcha powder
- 3 tbsp freeze dried raspberry powder
- 3 tsp water
- 50g icing sugar
- few tsp water
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside.
- With an electric whisk or stand mixer, beat together the butter and icing sugar, then add the whole egg, egg yolk and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet in 3 parts, and mix until just combined.
- Divide the mixture into two equal parts (around 400g each) and to one half of the dough add the matcha powder, and to the other half, add the raspberry powder. You can add more or less of each powder to get the desired colour and obviously, the more you add the stronger the flavour will be!
- Wrap each colour dough in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Once chilled, roll out the dough into rectangles of equal size, using your hands to shape if necessary. Each rectangle should be about 8 inches by 5 inches.
- Using a ruler, divide each colour of dough into 10 equal strips.
- Mix the water with the leftover egg white, and then stack the strips of dough in groups of 3 of alternate colours, brushing the egg white on like glue to hold them together. You should have 20 strips, so can make 2 blocks of 3x3 checkerboard, with a few strips leftover.
- Wrap in cling film and chill again for half an hour.
- Carefull cut the block into biscuits about 1/2 inch thick, and place on a lined baking tray.
- Bake at 170 C for 12-13 minutes, and keep an eye on them, as you don't want them to brown around the edges as this ruins the colours.
- Leave to cool before decorating, or leave plain!
- If decorating, mix up the icing sugar with a few tsp of water, adding this very slowly until you get a consistency you can pipe.
- Pipe little flowers, or any design you desire!
Head to my Instagram Highlights @alice.fevronia for the bakealong to see how I made these, and if you give them a go please tag me I would love to see!