So, I was browsing through some biscuit recipes on Pinterest and I came across this one by Brown Eyed Baker from http://www.browneyedbaker.com. It was simple and easy to follow so I decided to make it… but l added a twist to it….instead of vanilla I used uziza seeds. Uziza (piper guineense) is an African Plant; it has two parts the leaves and the seed. Uziza is a popular local spice mainly used in Nigerian dishes.
- 250g salted butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tsp uziza
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Uziza for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until combined and fluffy 1 to 2 minutes. Add the egg and uziza and beat for 1 minute or until combined.
Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the flour until combined.
Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large open star tip. Pipe the dough into 2-inch circles on the parchment paper . Sprinkle with uziza. ( the swirls are not perfect? dont worry mine isn’t either).
Bake, one pan at a time, until light golden brown 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing or serving
You can substitute butter for cooking margarine. The original recipe called for unsalted butter and a quater teaspoon of salt but l omitted the salt because l used salted butter( it’s not easy getting butter around here so l made use of what l saw at the store).
I did not blend the uziza to fine dust I used the pulse button on my blender to create the texture l want. I like the bits and small chunks.