Custard cream biscuits with hazelnuts

Custard cream biscuits with hazelnuts

By 20/02/2014

How do you feel if I say that "CAKE MATTERS"? There are different ways of going around dull and dark days and one of them is to indulge and sweeten yourself up by buying one of the cakes you most fancy or.. as a proper therapy to make them yourself too.

Let me introduce you to a treat made of a generous layer of silky lemony creme patisserie in between two crunchy biscuits with the nutty bite of hazelnuts for a touch of luxury.

It is half term holiday and I need to keep my children busy: baking biscuits, making pasta, helping make risotto, laying the table, loading the dishwasher..  soon they will be doing the hoovering too! All good manual skills which seem to have no importance these days; I think they are highly educational.

Today we baked. Please do try these biscuits, they are simple to make and they resemble in taste the patisserie you would buy in a proper bakery.

For the pastry:
130 g self raising flour
1 egg
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp icing sugar
For the custard:
300 ml full fat milk
2 tbsp flour
1 lemon organic or unwaxed
3 egg yolks
80 g sugar
a dash of brandy or rum
to finish off:
icing sugar
chopped nuts

  • Prep Time : 45 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

On your worktop put the flour, egg, vanilla extract, sugar and oil. Combine the ingredients well with a fork

ingredients

Now with your hands shape it into a smooth ball. If it feels sticky wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes

dough

With a rolling pin flatten the pastry about 5 mm thick and with a pastry cutter make about 30 small circles

making circles

Line them up well on a baking tray over a piece of baking paper or over a silicone baking sheet (I recommend it! It is so handy to have in the kitchen!)

pastry circles

Cook at 170C for about 10 minutes or until slightly golden.

In the meantime make the custard by whipping the yolks with the sugar. They should look pale and creamy. Now add the flour and stir it well in.

Wash and dry the lemon and peel the zest with a knife. Bring the milk to the boil with the lemon zest. Take the zest out and slowly pour the milk over the egg mixture whilst stirring all the time

pouring milk

Put it over a source of heat and cook gently whilst stirring all the time until the sauce has thickened (this will take about 10 minutes). Add the liquor during the last couple of minutes of cooking.

cooking custard

Toast the chopped nuts in a pan for a few minutes. Now let's assemble the biscuits: with a syringe or with a teaspoon put some cooled down custard over one biscuit

squeezing custard

Cover with another biscuit just like a sandwich and roll it into the nuts

rolling in hazelnuts

Finish off with a sprinkle of icing sugar

custard creams

custard creams with hazelnuts

I am entering this to "Made with Love Mondays" hosted by Javelin Warrior

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I am submitting these to the No Waste Food Challenge as I have used almost only food I had in the cupboard (including some flour that needed using up!). Normally hosted at Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary, this month Fiona of London Unattached is hosting it.

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12 Responses to Custard cream biscuits with hazelnuts

  1. Catherine

    Dear Alida, Oh my dear these look so very good.
    I would love one! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  2. Javelin Warrior

    You come up with some of the most delicious and simplest desserts, Alida! These biscuit sandwiches look so wonderful and love the homemade pastry cream!

  3. Dan

    They look so tasty. I don’t like hazelnuts but I’m pretty sure they’ll taste amazing with some walnuts instead.

  4. Elizabeth

    These are beautiful Alida! Absolutely stunning! Great idea to help keep the children entertained by having them help you with the baking too. Thanks for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge!

  5. Fiona Maclean

    These look so much nicer than conventional custard creams! Thank you for joining the no-waste food challenge xx

  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    It’s raining over here and these biscuit sandwiches are definitely something I would love now! Very delicious, Alida.

  7. la cucina di Molly

    Che brava, questi biscotti sono formidabili, golosi e belli da vedere! Baci!

  8. Caroline Taylor

    These are so pretty, I like the hazelnuts you’ve added for another flavour.

  9. gloria

    these look adorable and delicious Alida!

  10. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Alida, These look amazing. I love the custard in the biscuit and the nuts on the outside, gives it that special “Alida” touch. They look delicious…thanks for sharing..Blessings Dottie 🙂

  11. Mich Piece of Cake

    These look divine. I wish I could taste the hazelnut and custard combination.

  12. Choclette

    Ooo wow Alida, your bakes are always so appetising. Just love the idea of real custard inside the biscuits and the addition of hazelnuts makes them look particularly special. These must be the most luxurious custard creams ever.

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