In my experience, baking your own biscuits to serve with dessert or coffee is one of the easiest way to impress your guests - and make them happy. It's a small touch that makes a dinner just that little bit more special, plus, it's the cook's prerogative to try the first biscuit (just to make sure they turned out fine, of course), warm from the oven, with a cup of coffee or tea, while taking a break from the cooking. I made these lemon and polenta biscuits to accompany the chocolate brûlé (recipe to follow) I served for dessert last saturday. They are actually Jamie Oliver's orange and polenta biscuits from The Return of the Naked Chef except that I used lemon zest instead of orange - either way, they go very well with rich chocolate desserts.
Lemon and polenta biscuits
Adapted from Jamie Oliver's The Return of the Naked Chef
- 85g butter
- 85g sugar
- 125g polenta
- 50g plain flour
- zest of one lemon, finely grated
- 1 large egg
The wonderful crunch the polenta gives these biscuits will sadly go away very quickly. Nevertheless, they'll still taste great - with a glass of iced coffee for instance - just beware the wandering hands of those around you.