Ring o’ Bells Cinnamon Biscuits
aka Naomi Barlow’s Cinnamon Biscuits (actually from Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll, (re)published by Persephone Books)
‘They all enjoyed drinking the crystal-clear cold water [from the well], and eating Naomi’s home-made biscuits. They tasted of cinnamon, and were very spicy indeed.’
– The Ring o’Bells Mystery
3 oz butter
3 oz castor (sic) sugar
1 teaspoonful powdered cinnamon
flaked almonds (optional)
Beat butter and sugar to a cream. Mix cinnamon with flour, adding it gradually; moisten this mixture with beaten egg till a stiff paste. Roll out, and cut into cakes with a round cutter; sprinkle with chopped almonds. Put on a baking sheet in a moderate oven.
Miss Jekyll does not specify time or temperature. I opted for 150ºc for 15-20 mins and this seemed to work. The biscuits firm up as they cool. I also added an extra sprinkling of cinnamon after putting the almonds on top.
Serve with tea or orangeade (or icy cold water freshly drawn from the well)