In South Africa we get a biscuit called Tennis Biscuits. These coconut biscuits are often used as the base for tarts or cheese cakes. Here I have made a version using coconut sugar and honey.
When we were children, our next door neighbour had a police trained dog. He never bothered me and got used to us hopping the wall. One day a friend and I went to visit and walked in through the front gate. While we were knocking on the door he came up to us. And she cowered in fear. In retrospect this was quite odd as they had the meanest Staffordshire Terrier you can imagine. The dog must have smelt her fear and jumped up and bit her. Thankfully she turned her head as he did so otherwise it could have been a lot worse than it was. The lesson I learnt from that was to not show fear or scream near a dog. Last night while I was preparing dinner Scarlett started barking. I looked out of the window and saw a woman walking her dog.
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As I looked out, she started screaming and so I opened the door to see what was going on. Our neighbour’s Rottweiler had jumped the wall, and she was cowering over her dog screaming her head off. I ran up to the gate but could not go out as Scarlett was now very agitated. I watched the Rottweiler calmly chase the other neighbour’s cat and asked her to stop screaming. This was for two reasons. One to keep the dogs calm, and the other was so that I could call for our neighbour. He came out with his son, corralled the dog who is still a puppy and got him back in their yard. After checking that the woman was OK, he came to speak to us. He is now going to have to raise his wall as the dog has learnt he can get over.
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- 220 g flour, plus extra for dusting
- 85 g coconut sugar
- 30 g desiccated coconut
- 5 mls baking powder
- 5 mls bicarbonate of soda
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 90 g salted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 30 g honey
- Place the flour, coconut sugar, desiccated coconut, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a stand mixer bowl
- Give a quick mix with the paddle beater attachment
- Place the egg, butter and honey into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine
- Start your stand mixer on a low speed and slowly pour the wet ingredients into the bowl
- As soon as the dough form, stop the machine and tip the dough onto cling film
- Shape into a disc, cover completely with the cling film and place into the fridge for 30 minutes
- Lightly dust a silpat or piece of baking paper with flour, then roll the dough out with the cling film laid on top of the dough, until 5mm thick
- Cut 6cm rounds or 7cm squares using up all the dough, and place the biscuits onto a lined baking tray, allowing for spreading
- Place the baking tray into the fridge while you preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
- Prick the edges of each biscuit with a skewer then place the baking tray into the oven for 18 minutes
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime March 5:
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
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