Orange Fork Biscuits

I am addicted to Mary Berry recipes lately. She is good, I mean, really good. She is second in line to the Domestic Goddess Throne after, of course, the lovely queen herself, Nigella Lawson. The reason I say it is because her recipes turn out great. She doesn’t explain them as well as Nigella or experiment as much as her but they work just fine. I can’t say that about Martha Stewart recipes. I haven’t yet understood her technique. Moving on, I tried the Orange Fork Biscuits by Mary Berry.

I have tweaked the recipe a little and here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients (Makes about 30 biscuits):

225 gm butter, room temperature
125 gm fine sugar
275 gm all-purpose flour
zest of two oranges
2 drops of orange food coloring (optional)

Pre-heat your oven to 180 C and line 2 baking trays. Cream together butter, sugar, food coloring (optional, I like the color orange to represent the flavor inside) and orange zest till pale and soft. Sift in the flour and mix well to combine (using a spatula or your hands). The mixture will be very soft and sticky. Now rub some oil on your hands and roll out 30 2 inch balls. Place them on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Take a fork and press down so that they look like this.

Bake in the oven for about 15-20 mins or until the edges just start to turn golden brown. Remember that it always a good idea to turn your tray half way through the baking time for even coloring.

That’s it. The orange flavor comes in very mildly and just enough to make you want more. Have fun baking these and thank you for reading! Spread the love, tweet this recipe or mail it to friend!


10 thoughts on “Orange Fork Biscuits

  1. love love love mary berry! i’ve yet to come across a better recipe for key-lime pie, and her chocolate pie is to die for! i love old-school chefs anyways, the ones who make everything from scratch and don’t tell you to go buy x from the store and just make something out of it 🙂
    could you please give us the original recipe as well (you said you tweaked a bit), or mention what you changed in it? thanks a bunch!

    • I can feel your love for Mary Berry. She doesn’t add any food coloring to the recipe. They don’t turn out as orange as in the picture in the book, so I add food coloring to it. The rest is the same. Happy Baking!

    • Half way through the cooking time, you just turn the tray so that the biscuits that were closer to the oven window move to the back and vice versa. Else, the ones at back will turn out a little more golden than others. This ensures an even bake.

    • It is orange-y enough for me. It might become too runny with some orange juice. Try adding some extra flour if it does. As long as it is a soft dough, the biscuits will turn out great.

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