Lemone Brosbeskuitjies is the African name for traditional classic Orange – flavoured shortbread cookies or biscuits that are embellished with an orange frosting (icing).
Flour, baking powder, salt, vegetable shortening, sugar, egg, grated orange zest and orange juice are needed to make the biscuits.
Sifted icing sugar, melted butter, grated orange zest, and orange juice are required.
For the cookie dough –
1. Flour is sifted along with the baking powder and salt.
2. The shortening is whipped until very light and creamy.
3. Sugar is combined with melted fat.
4. Beaten egg and grated orange peel are added to the sugar mixture and blended in well.
5. Next orange juice is added alternately with the dry ingredients mixture. After thorough mixing, the blend is refrigerated to chill until the dough turns stiff enough in about 1.5 hours.
6. The dough is transferred onto a floured surface and rolled out before cutting into circles with a pastry cutter. These are placed on a greased tray and baked in a pre-heated oven until done (in about 8 minutes).
For the icing-
1. When the biscuits are in the oven, the icing may be prepared by blending all ingredients together until smooth.
2. Once the biscuits are baked and cooled, they are coated with the icing and garnished with small pieces of sweetened candied orange peel.
Orange is one of the best sources of Vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes healthy cell growth and tissue repair. Vitamin C is also beneficial for the cardiovascular system as well as vision and is associated with prevention of certain cancers. Dried orange peel is a good source of potassium, a mineral that regulates muscular activity and blood pressure.