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Alfajores

You'll need

  • 250 gm
  • butter, softened
  • 125 gm
  • pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 1
  • lemon, finely grated rind only
  • 1 tsp
  • ground aniseed (see note)
  • 1
  • egg yolk
  • 20 ml
  • dry sherry
  • 1 tsp
  • lemon juice
  • 250 gm
  • plain flour

Method

  • 01
  • Beat butter, 40gm icing sugar, lemon rind and aniseed in an electric mixer until pale and creamy (7-8 minutes). Scrape down sides of bowl, add egg yolk, sherry and lemon juice and beat to combine. Sieve in flour, stir to combine then turn onto a lightly floured surface, shape into a disc, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (1 hour).
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 150C. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thick, cut out rounds with a 4cm-diameter cutter and place on baking paper-lined oven trays. Re-roll scraps and repeat. Bake until light brown (15-20 minutes), cool slightly, then sieve remaining sugar over biscuits. Cool completely and roll in extra sugar. Store in an airtight container, covered liberally with sugar, for up to a week.
Note Ground aniseed is available from Herbie’s Spices.

These classic Spanish shortbreads are the perfect accompaniment to coffee or a glass of sherry.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
  • 20 min preparation
  • 20 min cooking (plus resting)
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
  • 20 min preparation
  • 20 min cooking (plus resting)

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