Lemon twists

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 1 hr cooking
  • Makes 15 Item
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Lemon twists
  • 220 gram (7 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 cup (300g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 cup (100g) ground hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoon water
  • 1/3 cup (75g) demerara sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water, extra


Lemon twists
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease three oven trays; line with baking paper.
  • 2
    Beat butter and caster sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and pale. Add vanilla, egg and lemon; beat until well combined.
  • 3
    Stir in sifted combined flour, hazelnut and cinnamon until a soft dough forms. Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Shape 2 tablespoons of dough into a 30cm (12-inch) length. Fold in half and twist together, leaving about 2cm (¾-inch) untwisted at ends. Repeat with remaining dough. Place on oven trays; brush with combined lightly beaten egg white and the water. Sprinkle with demerara sugar.
  • 5
    Bake 25 minutes or until golden; cool on trays.
  • 6
    Sift icing sugar into a small bowl, add juice and the extra water; stir to form a thin icing. Transfer to a small jug (this gives greater depth when dipping); dip bottom part of twists in icing, place on a baking-paper-lined tray; stand until set.

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