From the LOST television series
The infamous fish biscuit first appeared in the television series LOST when characters Sawyer and Kate were locked up by the "Others" in the Polar Bear cage. The fish biscuit was the reward the polar bears received for solving the puzzle contraption in their cage, a feat which took Sawyer most of the day, but only took the polar bears a couple hours. When Sawyer did finally complete the puzzle, this not so appealing but nonetheless cute little fish biscuit came out. I was intending to make my own recipe for this one, I was thinking a citrus flavored shortbread would be perfect. However, after doing some research for a template to use for you guys to get the right shape, I discovered that KungFoodie had already thought of almost exactly what I intended to do, and even made a fish template. So here's a link to this great fish biscuit cookie cutter template thing (it's on the second page) and here's the adapted citrus sugar cookie recipe which originally appeared in Bon Appetit magazine, so y'all know it's going to be good. Because of their association with the consummation of Sawyer and Kate's love, these might be a good Valentines Day recipe. However, I think they'd be appropriate anytime of the year. I'm having a flash forward of you making them right now. LOST.
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 1/4 grated tangerine peel or orange peel
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg
+ red and yellow food coloring (1/4 bottle each)
Adapted from KungFoodie
One batch will be enough for four to five large fish biscuit cookies. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter, lemon peel and tangerine peel in large bowl until light. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in egg. This is a good time to add your food coloring. Add dry ingredients. Using spoon, stir until mixture forms soft dough. Separate dough in half and flatten into two thick disks about the size of your hand. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. Preheat oven. The original recipe calls for baking 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Because of how thick these cookies are the best results come by baking for 25 minutes in a 300 oven. Generously flour work surface and rolling pin. Place 1 disk on work surface (keep remaining dough refrigerated). You will want to roll dough on a piece of aluminum foil or Silpat liner so you can easily move them after cutting [and cooking] without causing any distortion. Roll out dough to around one half inch thickness and, using the cardstock template placed on the dough, cut out each cookie with a sharp kitchen knife. Save dough scraps for additional cookies. While looking at the top half of the lettering template (which is laid on the raw cut cookie dough) use a small rounded butter knife to gently press in the bottom half of each letter. Then removing the template finish the top of each letter. Be patient, it’s not perfect but it works. Combine all reserved dough scraps and shape into another ball; flatten into disk. Wrap disk in plastic and freeze until firm enough to roll, about 30 minutes. Repeat rolling, cutting and baking as described above with a cool cookie sheet pan.
Hey, you got yourself a fish biscuit! Now how'd you do that?