Bare cupboard baking: Orange, Cardamom and Poppy Seed Biscuits

It would be fair to say that this week has been fairly full-on at work. It hasn’t been a case of long days, but each day has been manic. I’ve been getting home with no energy left and just wanting to go straight to bed. Yes, I know, moan moan moan! But on Thursday I had to motive myself to do something productive (and pleasant) with my evening, so a spot of baking seemed like a good option.

So what do I have in my cupboard? Ummm… not a lot…  But I had recently read a recipe for Lemon and Caraway Seed Cookies that I liked the sound of, but no Caraway seeds in the house.  But I do have an orange, and I do have poppy seeds (courtesy of my last Foodie Penpal package)… This could work…! Chuck in some cardamom and some mixed peel and we have a fully functioning biscuit recipe. Not only that, but they go really well with coffee!


In the interests of my newly re-acquired will-power I made these on an evening where my OH has his friends over, and they seemed to go down well. And those I brought into the office today have gradually disappeared over the course of the day.

300g Plain Flour

Pinch salt

275g caster sugar

115g slightly salted butter

2 tbs orange juice

1 tbs orange zest

1 egg, beaten

2 tsp poppy seeds

Crushed seeds of 5 cardamom pods

Handful mixed peel

  1. Line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl and add salt. Rub the butter in until it reaches a breadcrumb texture. Stir in the sugar, juice, zest, poppy seeds, mixed peel and cardamom seeds.
  3. Add egg and mix until it reaches a soft dough.
  4. Roll out on a well floured surface and use a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to cut to shape. Place on the baking trays with a reasonable amount of space between.
  5. (At this stage you can glaze them with an egg was, but I didn’t for mine. Then sprinkle with sugar)
  6. Bake at 170 c for 10 – 15 minutes.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by gesine on 13/07/2012 at 15:20

    how much butter? I MUST BAKE THESE and must therefore knoooow 😉


  2. I have all of these ingredients! To the kitchen! [poppyseeds are heavenly].


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