Rich, crunchy Peanut Biscuits taste even better sandwiched together with cream cheese.
8 oz. flour
1 tablespoon sugar teaspoon ground allspice marvellous with a glass of milk.
4 oz. butter
1 ½ oz. vegetable fat
5 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons finely chopped salted peanuts
1 tablespoons salted peanuts
Sift the flour, sugar and allspice into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the butter and vegetable fat and cut them into small pieces with a table knife. With your fingertips, rub the fats into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse bread-crumbs. Add 4 tablespoons of the water and the finely chopped peanuts and mix them into the flour mixture with the knife. With your hands, mix and knead the dough until it forms a ball. Add the remaining water if the dough is too dry.
Cover the dough and chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to fairly hot 375 °F (Gas Mark 5, 190°C).
Remove the dough from the refrig-erator and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to J-inch thick. Using a 2-inch round pastry cutter, cut the dough into approximately 26 circles and place them on two large baking sheets.
Divide the nuts among the dough circles, pressing them into the dough with your fingertips.
Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned at the edges. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the biscuits to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
Home-made Peanut Butter is simple to make if you have an electric blender and far more delicious than the commercial variety. You can make either crunchy or smooth peanut butter, depending on how long you blend the nuts.
1 lb. roasted peanuts, weighed after shelling
1 teaspoon salt
1 fl. oz. peanut oil
Place one-quarter of the peanuts in an electric blender and blend at high speed for 45 seconds for a crunchy texture, 60 seconds for a smooth texture.
Transfer the ground peanuts to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Set aside while you grind the remaining peanuts in the same way. When all the nuts have been ground, add the salt and oil and mix thoroughly. Place the peanut butter in screw-top jars and use as required.