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Hazelnut Shamrock Biscuits

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Serves 1 - 20 Biscuits

Oriskove Jetelicky - a traditional Czech Christmas biscuits (cukrovi) in the shape of a shamrock.

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  • 280g whole hazelnut kernels
  • 180g icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • Peel from ¼ unwaxed lemon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Extra icing sugar for working
  • 100g chopped blanched almonds
  • 1 beaten egg.


    1. Grind the hazelnut kernels to produce a finely chopped, uneven mass.
    2. Add the icing sugar, peel, beaten egg and the seeds from the vanilla pod to the hazelnut mass and work to form into a stiff dough.
    3. On a non stick surface dusted with icing sugar, roll out into a sausage about 1cm diameter. Take 1cm portions and roll into balls.
    4. Take 3 even sized balls and dip in the beaten egg, and stick together to form a shamrock shape. Take a piece of chopped almond and press into the middle of each leaf of the "shamrock", flattening slightly. Brush again with beaten egg, and place on a non stick baking sheet.
    5. Place into a very cool oven, 150C / fan 130C / gas 2 for about 40 minutes until baked. Cool completely and store in an airtight tin.

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