Vanilla Kipferl – a recipe challenge

“Eat these biscuits with a small glass of sherry or port… ” Sounds like my kind of biscuit!

Rosie over at Goldcoastgardendiary suggested I cook these little Christmas Bikkies as part of my WordPress recipe challenge. Perfect timing Rosie, as I want to make some biscuits and chocolates to give as presents.

And what are Vanilla Kipferl ? They are a traditional European crescent shaped biscuit. How could I not resist?!

Vanilla Kipferl

Ingredients ~

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • vanilla sugar
  • vanilla bean
  • icing sugar

Method ~

  • Preheat the oven to moderate 180c.  Line 3 or 4 baking trays with baking paper
  • Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in  a small bowl till light and fluffy
  • Chop walnuts into a fine meal, be careful not to turn them into paste
  • Add chopped walnuts to creamed mixture, then add sifted flour and mix  into dough
  • To shape the biscuits, take small pieces of the dough and roll between your hands into tapered rolls, and then shape into crescents on the baking tray
  • Bake for around 25 mins. Remove from oven, allow to cool and sprinkle with vanilla sugar
  • Store in a container with a vanilla bean. When you serve sprinkle with the extra Icing sugar.

You can use almond or hazelnuts instead of walnuts.

And the Verdict?

To start with I don’t have a mixing bowl, but what the heck a Salad Bowl (every good French household has one) doubled up, nor did I have a rack to cool the biscuits off.

I think I should have creamed the butter and sugar a bit more, it’s a long time since I’ve baked so I’m on what we might call “a re-learning curve”.  I also realised I should have chopped the walnuts a bit finer as the mixture was a bit tricky to mold. I also didn’t manage to get them into crescent shapes, that I think was due to my clumsiness!

I’m also having to get used to our gas oven here – so I managed to brown the bottoms of the biscuits a bit too much. Lesson learnt and all that.

And the taste test ? Simply SUPERB. So three cheers to Rosie this Christmas 🙂 We’re having ours with some Sloe Gin we brought from home. Cheers!

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