Breton Biscuits (Sablés Bretons) & Happy Christmas!

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I stood up, lazily walking towards the sliding window in my bedroom. Without much energy and my eyes half closed, reluctantly I started to pull up the blind. To my surprise, the ground was blanketed with snow! And it was snowing slightly when I stood in front of the window, gazing at the snow flakes, felling down from the sky. I couldn’t be more excited when the flakes were getting bigger and bigger! I took out my camera and starting to take some shots. At one point, the snow was so heavy and a strong gust of wind transported some snow through the opened window into my room!

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It may seem weird but I got extremely excited and suggested to Arnaud that we took a walk in the snow! I got myself wrapped up warm enough before I stepped out. It was cold and the snow was basically chucking down when we were out. Everything looked very surreal. It looked very pretty in white, especially the bald trees with black branches which were nicely decorated with snow.

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I like snow, but I also hate it in the sense that it may affect the Eurostar service. Some services have been cancelled this afternoon and I am going to France on Wednesday! It’s reported that there will be further snow. So, I need to be prepared if our train on Wednesday will be affected. I just remember it took us a lot of trouble last year! 🙁 Anyway, I have got all the presents ready, all nicely wrapped. Just hoping that the weather will be nice to us on Wednesday.

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Well, regarding the previous giveaways of Total Greek Yoghurt goody bags, we finally have 2 winners!! First winner is Rebecca and the second winner is Momgateway! Congratulations both! Please drop me an email info{at}mycookinghut{dot}com with your mailing address!

We are only 5 days away from Christmas, I thought I would share a biscuit recipe with you all. I baked some Breton biscuits (also known as Sablés Bretons or Palets Bretons) a few days ago. Breton biscuits originates from Brittany. This crumbly biscuit  is traditionally a plain biscuit which is very rich in butter! Salted butter is used in this recipe and it’s really easy to make but delicious to eat. I found this recipe on Cakes in the City, a French food blog.

If you need a last minute homemade biscuits for this year’s Christmas, I think Breton biscuits will go down really well!

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy Christmas and I will catch up with you guys when I am back from my Christmas break!

 

Breton Biscuits (Sablés Bretons)

Yield: 40-50

Ingredients:

200g butter, softened
120g sugar
3 egg yolks + 1 egg wash
370g flour
a pinch of salt

Method:

1. Preheat the oven at 160°C.

2. Use an electric mixer, mix butter, egg yolks and sugar until it becomes creamy. Add in a pinch of salt and flour and mix again until everything combines. You will obtain a soft pastry. Then, put in the fridge for 20 minutes.

3. Flatten the pastry into 4mm of thicken with a roll pin. Cut with a cookie cutter (plain or fluted) with about 4cm in diameter. Prick each cut pastry with a fork. Turn it upside down then transfer to a baking sheet.

4. Brush the surface (which is not pricked, as the pricked surface now should be on the other side of the biscuits) with egg wash. After 5 minutes, brush the second layer of egg wash.

5. To decorate the biscuit, use a fork to creates some lines on the biscuit. Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until it’s golden brown.