OMG I am in love with this recipe. I got the idea while watching the Great British Bake off. Earl grey biscuits sounded so very British and Afternoon tea inspired that I simply had to give them a go. I couldn’t find any recipes online that I liked, so I decided to adapt my go-to shortbread recipe.
And because I always tend to go overboard, I thought ‘why not shape them into little teabags and add the word tea with my new alphabet stencil kit?’ Clearly I have too much times on my hands, so feel free just to make the biscuits without the crazy shape.
zest of half an orange and lemon each
1 bag of earl grey tea
alphabet stencil kit
Whip your butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (8-10 minutes). Switch the blade for your dough hook and slowly add the flour, tea and zests. Once the dough comes together into a ball, knead in the mixer for 15 minutes.
Roll out your dough onto a lightly floured surface until about 2cm thick. Use a sharp knife to cut into long rectangles and then divide into smaller ones. Cut off two corners to get a tea bag shape. Then use your straw to add a hole for the kitchen string.
If you’re using the alphabet stencil kit, add the word ‘tea’ or whatever you like – these would be great at a Kitchen Tea or baby shower with the person’s name – be careful not to press the letter in too deep or you’ll be left with a hole.
Place the biscuit on a baking paper lined tray and chill in the fridge for 2 hours. This stops the butter from melting too quickly when you put them in the oven and helps the biscuits keep their shape.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 10 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly golden.
The earl grey flavour really comes through in these biscuits. More than I thought it would actually and I was so impressed, I ate about 10 fresh from the oven. You can finish them with a bit of kitchen string or the string from a few leftover earl grey teabags like I did, and if you want a stronger flavour, add another tea bag’s worth of tea to the dough!