It's been gloomy and grey and wet and windy and just generally miserable. Apparently June has been the wettest ever here in the UK with only about 19 hours of sunlight! One thing is certain it does not feel like Summer, at all.
My way of dealing with this sunlight deprivation is by concentrating on things I love like sewing and reading and baking. Talking of which I have tried a new biscuit recipe from the book Super Cookery Chocolate & Baking and if these don't pick you up you can always send them to me :-)
100 g butter, softened
75 g caster sugar
1 egg, separated
200 g plain flour
Grated rind of 1 orange
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Grated rind of 1 lime (which I didn't use because I didn't have any)
2-3 tablespoons orange juice
Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment and preheat the oven to 200 ºC/Gas Mark 6.
In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in the egg yolk.
Add the flour and mix well. Add the orange, lemon and lime rinds with enough of the orange juice to make a soft dough.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, cut the biscuits with a biscuit cutter and place them on the baking trays. Prick the surface of each biscuit with a fork.
Lightly whisk the egg white and brush it over the biscuits.
Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.