Fried Aniseed Biscuits

Fried Aniseed Biscuits

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This is a European style biscuit which is threaded into a bow and deep fried. You can also tie them into bows if you find that easier.


Makes: 70 biscuits

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 teaspoons aniseeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar, for decoration

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours45min 

  1. In a large bowl beat together eggs and sugar until thick and light coloured. Beat in margarine, brandy, aniseeds and salt. Gradually beat in flour.
  2. On a floured surface, knead dough into a smooth ball. Divide ball into two equal pieces, wrap in wax paper and chill in refrigerator for at least two hours.
  3. Roll one piece of dough into a rectangle, approximately 30cm by 40cm. With a pastry wheel cut into two rectangles 15cm x 40cm. Then cut each one into strips, about 15cm x 3cm.
  4. Make a vertical slit in top 1/3 of the strip and draw the bottom end of it through to make a bow. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Heat oil in a deep frying pan to 190 degrees C. Deep fry strips until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, cool and sprinkle heavily with icing sugar.

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