These pencil-thin biscuits are great for birthday parties, as they can be served in small (portable) take away food containers. While these biscuits will most likely appeal to kids more than adults, we certainly know a few grown-ups who appreciate the retro 1950s soda fountain aesthetic.
Easy to prepare, and with the dough requiring no resting time in the fridge in order to achieve a successful bake, only one question remains – Do you want fries with that?
Half cup golden caster sugar
Teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg yolk (retain egg white, it will be needed later)
3 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Ingredients (‘salty’ coating for the fries)
Half cup coarse sugar (raw is usually good)
1 egg white
Ingredients (Strawberry ‘ketchup’)
Half cup water
Half cup apple cider vinegar
250g strawberries (halved, with green tops removed)
Prepare strawberry ketchup first, as it takes longer. Put all ingredients for ketchup into a saucepan, stir until sugar dissolved and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour (until consistency is slightly sticky and resembles tomato sauce in colour). When cooked, put in jar and keep in fridge.
Method For biscuits – beat sugar and butter with a whisk (or an electric mixer) until mixture changes to a light colour. Add egg yolk, beat until combined. Add baking powder and flour. Mix until dough comes together as a ball (this may require working dough with hands).
Preheat oven to 200C. Roll dough out and cut into chunky chip or French fry shape, as desired. Place biscuits on lined baking sheet, and then with pastry brush coat each one with egg white, and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake in oven until golden brown (for about 10 minutes if biscuits are small).