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These simple fork biscuits are a favourite of Mary Berry's. Follow her simple recipe and enjoy your fork biscuits with a hot cup of tea.

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Introduction

These biscuits first made their appearance in an old red Cordon Bleu cookery book, and I've been making them for years.

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Ingredients

100g (4oz) butter, softened
50g (2oz) caster sugar
150g (5oz) self-raising flour

Essential kit

You will need two baking trays.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C /fan 160°C/ gas 4.

Lightly butter two baking trays.

Measure the butter into a bowl and beat to soften. Gradually beat in the sugar and then the flour. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough.

Form the dough into 16 balls about the size of a walnut and place spaced well apart on the prepared baking trays.

Dip a fork in a little water and use this to flatten the biscuits.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes until a very pale golden.

Lift off the baking tray and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

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