Scotch Finger Lemon Butter

June 15, 2017 at 13:09 | Posted in bicycles | Leave a comment
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Lemons are pretty awesome, when you think about it. They can enhance just about any style of cooking or eating – whether desert, main course or drink. They can lift a roast chicken, give zing to a meringue pie or complete a gin and tonic. Yes, I’m a fan of lemons.

Arnott’s have some form with lemons too. The Lemon Crisp is a god among biscuits. It is transcendent. If you’ve never tried one, go and buy some right now. They are addictive.

Funnily enough, there is a link between the Scotch Finger and the Lemon Crisp. When I reviewed the last ‘Twisted Fave’ Scotch Finger, the one with choc chips in it, I noted at the end of the review that they were good, but ‘nowhere near Lemon Crisp territory’. Did some Arnott’s employee read this, and did this create a subliminal link in their mind between Scotch Fingers and lemons, leading directly to this new variety?

Yes, it did. It surely did. It’s surely thanks to me that we have these biscuits.

And you can thank me effusively, because these are good. I really wasn’t sure how they were going to be; on the surface it seems kind of like an odd combo. But they work brilliantly. The lemon is, well, lemony; the bright flavour adding lifted notes to the rich biscuit. It’s like a rich lemon cheescake. I’m going to give these an eight out of ten. Good show, Arnott’s. Oh, and feel free to send me a few cases by way of thanks for the inspiration…



Farmbake Butter Shortbread

May 25, 2011 at 15:49 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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There’s something quite appealing to me about biscuits that come in bags. They are associated in my mind with a sort of devil-may-care eat-as-many-as-you-like attitude, possibly because when I was small my parent used to sometimes buy large bags of broken biscuits from the market, and you had to eat them quickly as they were usually on the verge of going stale. You don’t see broken biscuits at the market any more for some reason; markets nowadays seem to be more about hideous china cups and retro (meaning ‘broken’) electrical goods.

These butter shortbread are made with 14% butter, and are the same size as the Choc Chip Cookies, at 45mm across. They are thicker though, especially in the centre as they are quite domed. You get a generous 28 biscuits in a packet, so can make yourself feel quite ill if you choose to eat a lot of them in one go. I can attest to this from experience.

Leaving aside the fact that when you hit biscuit number twenty all that butter sitting in your stomach makes you rather queasy these are really quite pleasant. Nice and crunchy with quite a rich flavour; although if I was to be picky I’d say the vegetable oil comes through just a bit too strongly – perhaps they could have done with slightly more butter?

I’m going to give these a solid seven out of ten.

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