I can say with certainty that my favourite biscuit is the Linzer. I call them "melt in your mouth biscuits".
If you don't know, this is a traditional Austrian jam biscuit which takes its name after the city of Linz. I spent some time in Austria years ago studying and that's when I fell in love with this fabulous crumbly "jam sandwich" biscuit.
These days you can find them in many patisseries around the world but I must say that many times I have tried them and as many times I have been disappointed. Something is always missing: the pastry is never crumbly and fragrant enough and the biscuits do not have that deep aromatic perfume of goodness which only homemade ones seem to be able to achieve.
First comes good quality butter. Choose organic if you can or at least good butter and not margarine or other synthetic alternatives.
Then vanilla essence, lemon juice and lemon zest are needed to give the biscuits their unique aromatic perfume. These cookies are often made with ground almonds too like the traditional Linzer cake but I have left them out this time so people with nut allergies can enjoy them too.
Finally get a nice red jam like raspberry, strawberry or blueberry jam.
- Prep Time : 35 minutes
- Cook Time : 12-15 minutes
Mix the softened butter with the sugar
Add the lemon zest, the vanilla essence, a pinch of salt and the egg
Now add the flour and the juice of half of the lemon, mix well and working with your hands make a smooth ball.
Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
After the resting time, using a rolling pin flatten the pastry to be about 3 mm thick and with a pastry cutter cut some circles
Cut half of them in the middle using a smaller pastry cutter.
You can use any shape you like and you can be creative with them. Each shape should have its "twin shape" (one with holes and one without) which will be matched after cooking to make one single biscuit.
Line them up on your baking tray over a sheet of baking paper or a silicone one and cook them for about 12 to 15 minutes at 190C until lightly golden. Stand by the oven after the first 10 minutes and check them as they cook very quickly!
Take them out of the oven, let them cool down and sprinkle the half of the biscuit with a hole in the middle with icing sugar
Spread some jam on the other half then "glue" them together.
Enjoy your beautiful creations. Not only are they delicious, they are very awesome too! They would make a perfect edible homemade gift for someone.