Jaffa Biscuits by Dr Sue Shepherd

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Perfect for afternoon tea and a treat for the kids!


  • 1 cup soy flour (debittered, if available)
  • 1 cup gluten-free cornflour (or replace above ingredients with 2 cups store-bought gluten-free flour)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 125 g dairy-free spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 egg


  • 1½ cups pure icing sugar
  • water, for mixing


  1. Preheat oven  to  200°C/180°C  fan-forced.  Line  two  flat  baking  trays  with greaseproof paper.
  2. Sift the  flour,  cornflour,  cocoa  and  baking  powder  in  a  bowl  three  times (or alternatively, combine by stirring thoroughly using a whisk).
  3. Beat the   dairy-free   spread,   vanilla   essence,   sugar,   orange   zest   and egg  using  electric  beaters  in  a  medium  mixing  bowl  until    Stir in the combined sifted flours.
  4. Roll out   between   two   sheets   of   greaseproof      Cut   into   shapes using  a  biscuit  cutter.  Place  shapes  onto  the  baking  trays.  Bake  in  the oven  for  about  15  minutes.  When  cooked  remove  from  oven  and  leave on trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make  the  icing,  sift  the  icing  sugar  into  a    Add  enough  water  to make  a  smooth  consistency.  Ice  the  cooled  biscuits  immediately.  Use a piping bag to decorate, if desired.


Tip:  If preferred try adding cocoa to the icing mixture for a richer flavour.

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Nutritional Analysis

Per   serve   (25,   without   icing):      energy  464 kJ (110 Cal), protein  2.7g, fat 5.9g, saturated fat 1.2g, carbohydrate 12.1g, sugars 6.8 g, fibre 0.5 g, sodium 45 mg, GI medium

Recipe taken from Wheat Gluten & Lactose Free Food Book 2 by Dr Sue Shepherd.

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