A traditional South African Biscuit or Cookie
Soetkoekies (sweet biscuits) are spicy biscuits, flavoured with wine. They are very traditional and well-loved in South-Africa.
My mother baked soetkoekies in large batches and they bring fond childhood memories of helping with the baking.
- 2 cups (500 ml) flour
- ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon (2 ml) ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- zest of an orange or mandarin (naartjie)
- ¾ cup (180 to 200 ml) sugar
- ½ cup (110 gram) butter
- 1 egg
- ¾ teaspoon (4 ml) bicarbonate of soda
- ¼ cup (50 ml) sherry, port or sweet wine (or replace with 2 tablespoons brandy and 2 tablespoons milk)
- Egg white for glazing
- Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in sweet wine.
- Combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the butter and cut into the flour mixture.
- Add the beaten eggs and bicarbonate of soda mixture, and mix dough together until it is a firm dough.
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to approximately 5 mm thick.
- Cut the dough into forms with a cookie cutter.
- Arrange them about 3 cm apart on a buttered cookie sheet.
- Brush each biscuit gently with the egg white.
- Bake for 15 minutes- until golden brown.
- Remove to a rack to cool completely.
I tell you there is nothing like these dunked in coffee first thing in the morning sitting at a camp fire or while fishing on a cold morning with a flask of coffee