Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Strawberry Thyme Biscuits with Lemon Vanilla Glaze

The combination of fruit highlighted with fresh herbs is one of my favorites, from jams to baked treats all become something incredibly special when the two are combined.  My favorite herb without question is thyme.  I love the lemony fresh flavor it adds to dishes so adding it to this recipe was a no brainer.  Strawberry Thyme Biscuits with Lemon Vanilla Glaze make a wonderful accompaniment to breakfast with a mild sweetness that comes from fresh strawberries, a hint of earthiness from the fresh thyme which is brought out even further with a drizzle of lemony glaze.

Biscuits

1 cup chopped strawberries
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
¼ cup honey
6 tbsp butter
¾ cup part skim ricotta
¼ cup milk
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

Glaze

¼ cup lemon juice
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

In a bowl, cream the honey, butter, ricotta, vanilla and milk.  Once combined, in two batches sift in the flours, baking powder and salt, stirring just until mixed and last fold in the strawberries and lemon zest.  Refrigerate the dough for thirty minutes, then roll out to ¼ to ½ inch thickness and cut into desired shape.  Lie on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and bake in a preheated, 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly golden.  When finished baking let cool on a wire rack.

To make the glaze; squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl, add the vanilla bean paste and mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. 

Drizzle a teaspoon of the glaze over each biscuit and let set for 15 minutes, and then drizzle the rest of the glaze over each biscuit.

12 comments:

  1. These guys look soo good! I love the combination of strawberry, thyme and lemon. Yum! Such a refreshing recipe.

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  2. Strawberry and tyne? Unusual - but sounds lovely xxx

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  3. These are definitely not your ordinary biscuits but, herbs like thyme and basil like mint tend to bring out their flavor.

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  4. I love the combo of strawberries ad thyme and the wonderful colouring it gives to the cookie - I also am a sucker for a cookie glaze :D
    Wonderful blog!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  5. Those are not only beautiful, but look tasty too!

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  6. I've never thought to use thyme with fruit. The biscuits look tasty!

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  7. What a beautiful cookie! The title makes them sound SO elegant...and the recipe delivers! Really lovely!

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  8. I like the herbs that you chose to pair with the strawberry and lemon! Very creative-how I would like to have a few of these gems right now. Delicious post!

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  9. I am not successful subscribing to your blog.If I do, your posts show on my homepage, and I do not want to change my husband's opening website. I never had any difficulty with other email subscribers.Anyway, I have bookmarked it.

    My daughter loves strawberries. I make scones all the time, never tried whole wheat biscuits.I do have some strawberries in the fridge right now,but not thyme.What other herb will go with it?

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  10. These are so delightfully refined! Love this delicate blend of flavors highlighted with the citrus-y hit. Seriously yummy!

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  11. Love the flavor combination here. Strawberry thyme and lemon must be so delicious and refreshing!

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  12. Yum, these look so good! I've never combined thyme with strawberries or lemon, I bet it's great!

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