The church biscuit: 87. Curd cheese cookies with almond and cherries


Curd cheese cookies with almond and cherries

100 g curd cheese (I used mascarpone)

100 g unsalted butter

200 g caster sugar

1 medium egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract

50 g ground almonds

125 g Self Raising flour

200 g rolled oats

100 g dried cherries

30 flaked almonds for the top

icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the the oven to 170°C /150° C fan /325°F /Gas Mark 3

Prepare a couple of baking trays either by wiping with a non stick product like Lakeland’s Cake Release or line them with non-stick baking paper.

Beat the curd cheese and the butter until smooth, then add the sugar and egg and beat further. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts, followed by the ground almonds. Now add flour, then the oats and cherries and mix until evenly combined.

Spoon dollops of the mixture on to the baking trays and press a flaked almond on to each biscuit. Bake for about 18 minutes until lightly coloured .

Transfer to wire cooling rack and sprinkle with icing sugar while still warm.


Curd cheese cookies with almond and cherries

This is basically a Dan Lepard recipe (from the Guardian website) to which I added dried, slightly sour cherries. I’ve used curd cheese to replace some of the butter before and I was a bit disappointed in the result, which is  more cake like, not at all cheesecake like and not really very biscuity. For church last Sunday I tried the recipe out using dried pineapple and Ready Brek instead of rolled oats (well, I am trying to empty my cupboards and waste not want not, etc…) The result was ok but not great. This time I stuck more closely to Dan’s recipe but I’m no more impressed by the result. The ingredients summon up a delight far greater than the end biscuit. There are many better ways of using delicious plump flavourful cherries.

Ducklings - the first and only sight of them

Ducklings – the first and only sight of them (Friday 22 April). Mother and one duckling hidden behind the tree stump.

Mother and father ducks have been seen but there is not a hint of a duckling.

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  1. Linda Pennell
    Posted April 27, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I am sure you are already familiar with the on line blog from Selvedge magazine but I thought of you especially as I read the items on swaddling and Japanese collaging materials together due to fabric shortages. But then pretty well all of the items are fascinating!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted April 27, 2016 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      Yes, I do know the Selvedge blog (and have a subscription to the magazine which has become essential reading) – although I haven’t go round to looking at the most recent post yet. Very flattered that you thought of me when you read anything they’ve posted. Thank you for nudging me to read it.

  2. Posted April 28, 2016 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Maybe the duklings are in hiding from the weather…?

    • Mary Addison
      Posted April 28, 2016 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      There is always hope that you are right but we have seen the mother several times minus any flurry of fluff and hopes are fading. One day she stood seemingly deep in thought beneath a neighbours’ willow tree and there was quite a look of depression about her – but I’m probably being too anthropomorphic…

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