Ugly Cookies with Ugli Fruit
This week I saw the ugli fruit at local supermarket and I bought two on the test. What is an ugli fruit? The ugli fruit was found growing wild in Jamaica, and it is believed to be a hybrid of grapefruit and tangerine, and perhaps pomelo. It is indeed a rather ugly fruit... The name is a variation of the word 'ugly', which refers to the fruit's unsightly appearance, with rough, wrinkled, greenish-yellow rind, wrapped loosely around the orange pulpy citrus inside. An ugli fruit is usually slightly larger than a grapefruit (but this varies) and has fewer seeds. The flesh is very juicy and tends towards the sweet side of the tangerine rather than the bitter side of its grapefruit lineage, with a fragrant rind. It's available from December through April, and sometimes in the Autumn.
- plain white flour - 180g
- unsalted butter - 150g
- brown sugar - 140g
- egg - 1
- vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
- baking powder - 1 teaspoon
- salt - a pinch
- ugli fruit - 1 (peeled and diced)
- dark chocolate - 100g
- Put the butter, sugar, egg, flour, salt, baking powder and vanilla extract in a bowl. Rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles crumbs.
- Bring the mixture together to form a dough.
- Turn the dough out onto floured surface and briefly knead to help it amalgamate.
- Roll the dough under your palm to make a fat log shape (4cm diameter).
- Cover with cling film and freeze it for 1hour.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Cut the frozen dough into 1cm discs.
- Place them on non-stick backing sheets and arrange the pieces of ugli fruit.
- Bake at the top of the oven for 10 minutes until lightly browned.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and leave them on the sheet for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
- Drizzle melted dark chocolate over finished cookies.