Shortbread Tennis Ball Biscuits for the Perfect Tennis Tea Party

Shortbread Tennis Ball Biscuits for the Perfect Tennis Tea Party

Cooking time: 12 - 15 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes plus an hours rest!


250 grams of self raising flour, 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice, 125 grams brown sugar, 60 grams of ground almonds, 125 grams unsalted butter, 1 egg. For the icing 250 grams sifted icing sugar, 1 egg white, yellow food colouring.


In a bowl, sift the flour and spices together. Stir in the sugar and ground almonds. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub in. Stir in eggs to bind and knead together in the bowl. Leave to rest in the fridge for one hour. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Rollout the dough and using a round cutter (approx 5cm in diameter) cust into small discs. Place the biscuits on a greased baking tray and cook for 12 - 15 minutes until a golden colour. While the biscuits cook, mix an egg white with 250grams of sifted icing sugar to make royal icing. Keep some aside for the tennis ball lines. Colour the rest yellow to match the traditional tennis ball colouring. With a palette knife spread the icing over the cold biscuits. When dry pipe the white lines on to create the tennis ball look using the spare icing.

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This recipe was created by Eric Lanlard, patisserie chef to the stars, to help us celebrate our association with the Womens Tennis association. For more information about Eric, see To create the perfect tennis tea, as pictured, see also the recipes for Macaroons and Wimbledon Strawberry tarts.