The food that you grow up with, and have sweet memories of, will always evoke a sense of nostalgia. The familiar taste and smells of that favourite meal or treat that mum always made will naturally provide a place of comfort. In celebration of Mother’s day coming up, we are sharing one of Mamma Anna’s recipes (Caterina's delightful mother). Anna has been making these cookies since Caterina was a young child. Anna is a champion in the cookie and biscotti world, with an excellent repertoire of biscuit recipes under her belt, and a bottomless cookie jar in her pantry.

I giggled out loud when I wrote that last sentence "a bottomless cookie jar in her pantry"... much like her mother, Caterina always has that endless supply of biscuits in her pantry that magically appears every time you casually drop into her place for a cup of tea. Without fail, you will always find a biscuit of some description at Cat's place, more likely a selection of them. Caterina finds it impossible to drink a cup of tea without that 'something sweet' by its side. It's no wonder she gets so frustrated with me, with a constantly empty cookie jar at my place. She has now learnt to accommodate my slackness by always coming over with a sample of a 'little biscuit that she is working on', which she claims is for me to try, when in actual fact it is just in case that cookie jar of mine is empty.

When you have grown up with a mother who always had that cookie jar full of sweet little golden gems ready to dunk into a hot cup of tea, the experience becomes ingrained in you. I had never really made the association between Caterina's tea-and-biscuit-ritual, and Anna's amazing biscuit recipe collection, until now.

There is something special about a home made biscuit, and the way the sweet smells permeate throughout the house. These cookies can be made without the citrus elements for a plain vanilla cookie, however when citrus is in peak season, Anna always adds ample rind from lemons and oranges to give the cookies a beautiful and fragrant sweetness. The smell of citrus freshly harvested from a tree is pure joy, and this recipe captures that aroma perfectly. The recipe is simple to follow and prepare, making it a perfect one for the kids to get involved with, especially when it comes time to rolling out the cookie dough. We hope you enjoy making Mama Anna's cookies... they are perfect alongside a cup of tea!

We had a great time shooting the imagery for this recipe, and were so lucky to have had so many new props to work with. Thanks to the delightful Kate from STEM, and her expert eye for selecting amazing designer kitchen ware, home ware and fashion, we had so many beautiful pieces to help us tell this story. We've featured some of our favourites from the store, which we think will make beautiful gifts for Mother's Day.

Everything featured in this photo shoot is available for purchase from:

STEM
295 Darling Street Balmain NSW 2041
+61 2 9810 5222
www.stemonline.com.au

 

 

Caterina is wearing a Lee Mathews skirt as a dress. Skirt and grey ceramic bowl both available from www.stemonline.com.au

 

 

Ceramic grey bowl and Normal Craft Rolling Pin both available from www.stemonline.com.au

 

 

Ceramic grey bowl available from www.stemonline.com.au

 

Ingredients

125 grams butter
2/3 cup caster sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted 
1 1/4 cups self raising flour, sifted


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and creamy
  4. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add the lemon juice, vanilla bean paste, lemon rind and orange rind, and beat until well combined.
  6. Add the flour gradually, beating well after each addition, until the sides of the bowl are clean and a dough has formed.
  7. Cover the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate for half an hour. Doing so will make it easier to roll the dough.
  8. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll the cookie dough out to approximately 1cm thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut the desired shapes out of the dough.
  9. Place cookies on baking trays, 1cm apart.
  10. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until very slightly golden.
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on trays.

 

 

Ceramic grey bowl and Normal Craft Rolling Pin both available from www.stemonline.com.au

 

 

 

Tea pot, sugar bowl and tea cup available from www.stemonline.com.au