It has been a bit of a weird week dessert-wise. I experimented with a new mousse recipe, and although the texture was a bit of a failure, it tasted good. Next time it will be better, I’m sure. Maybe my measurements were off, or maybe dropping my phone into it didn’t help. Yes, that’s right, I dropped my phone into the mousse. Have you ever tried to get mousse out of every crevice of a phone? It’s not ideal. Thankfully it seems to be okay, and I have banned myself from checking Whatsapp over anything remotely liquid.
On the plus side, the biscuits I made to go with my mousse turned out very well. These vanilla biscuits are crumbly, buttery and light. Although they’re melt-in-the-mouth, they’re still pretty rich, so they’d be perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. (But no good for dunking!) Best of all, they’re incredibly easy, and you only need 5 ingredients.
105g butter, softened
60g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1tbsp vanilla extract
Beat the butter until it’s very soft and light. Sift in the icing sugar and continue to beat for about 4 minutes on a high speed.
Add the egg yolk and the vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
Sift in the flour and mix on a low speed until it has just come together.
Scrape the mix out onto a large piece of cling film. It will be pretty soft, but don’t worry! Wrap the mix lightly in the cling film and roll it gently until it forms a log. Twist the ends of the cling film and put the dough in the fridge to harden.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
When the dough log has hardened, slice it thickly (I got 12 slices plus the rounded ends to snack on!) and put the slices on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden. Leave the biscuits on the baking sheet for 5 minute before transferring to a wire rack.