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Delicious Kichel Biscuits Recipe

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by Tarryn Guttenberg (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published September 16th 2012
Kichel are a delightful, crumbly, sweet biscuit treat that is munched on in homes around the world during Jewish New Year. Its often served alongside traditional Chopped herring and similar dishes, but goes beautifully with a cup of tea!

Kichel
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The round shape and sweetness is akin to the ideas of the Jewish New Year, which is to have a round (whole) and sweet New Year, which is why no New Year is complete without a taste of apple dipped in honey.

Here for your enjoyment is the fantastic recipe along with a picture story for these sweet biscuits that everyone should try.

Ingredients

3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
4 eggs
1 x 500g self raising flour

To begin, pre heat oven to 260 degrees celsius.
Beat the oil, sugar and salt together.
Add one egg at a time and beat well.
Sift the flour into the wet mixture and mix to form a soft dough.

Dough in the mixer
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Kneading this by hand allows the mixture to be more thoroughly combined.

Rolling out the dough
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Using a rolling pin roll the dough very thin. Then using a glass (or similar) cut the dough into circles. Re-roll the circles again.

Rolling out the dough circles
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Rolling and rolling
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Gently move the circles of dough to a wire rack that is set on a baking tray ready for the oven. Sprinkle with a little sugar (if desired).

Ready for the oven
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The cookies bake for approximately 10 minute but do keep an eye on them as they cook quickly and remove them when they are light brown in colour.

Cosy in the oven
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Cooling down
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Set aside to cool.

Thanks again to my lovely models - my Mother and sister.
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Your Comment
My cookies... made with sr flour, puffed up and also fell through the wire rack... disaster... (just checking the oven is on the hottest setting of 260 degrees celcius for 10 mins?)
by annal (score: 2|156) 769 days ago
Yum!
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|524) 777 days ago
Just double checking - is is s r flour, not plain flour for the biscuits? oven temperature? did you use a fork to press them down to make the lines in the biscuits? do we have to put on a wire rack, or is on baking paper on a tray ok? Many thanks :)
by annal (score: 2|156) 777 days ago
What temp should the oven be on, I would love to give these a try...
by becsw (score: 0|4) 777 days ago
Thank you... will try to make for an extra special jewish musician in town at the moment! Warren Wills is performing at Dizzy's Jazz Club tonight 9pm Saturday 15th September 2012 ... Cheers :)
by annal (score: 2|156) 777 days ago
My cookies... made with sr flour, puffed up and also fell through the wire rack... disaster... (just checking the oven is on the hottest setting of 260 degrees celcius for 10 mins?)
by annal (score: 2|156) 769 days ago
I also noticed the name has changed from Kiggel to Kichel??
by annal (score: 2|156) 769 days ago
I have taken a photo of my disaster "biscuits" and a photo of my "scone" biscuits on the tray lined with baking paper... how can I show these to you?
by annal (score: 2|156) 769 days ago
can one use ordinary flour so the biscuits don't puff up??
by andya (score: 0|2) 135 days ago
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