Friday, 20 April 2012

Easter Biscuits

Easter Biscuits 2012

These are a really simple shortbread based biscuit with royal icing to top!
Preheat Oven to 180.

240g plain flour
175g margarine
115g caster sugar 
1 egg yolk
Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until it looks similar to breadcrumbs
(I found this mixture a bit damp but keep going- don't worry if it is stickier than breadcrumbs!)
Add the sugar.
Beat the egg yolk in a separate bowl then add to the mix.
Knead the mixture: if it still feels sticky add a small amount of flour.
Roll out the dough and have fun with your cookie cutters
Top Tip: I used easter themed cutters including easter eggs, chicks, rabbits (some not pictured above). I got my cutters as a multipack for 99p so check your local 99p stores! Use any shapes you like!
Note: After I used my cutters once I found I had to re-roll the dough up, knead it, and apply flour to the surface and rolling pin again as it was sticky
Pop your cookies into the oven!
Depending on the thickness of your cookies they can take anywhere from 8 minutes to 25 minutes. 
Note: These cookies will not go golden, the dough will go firm and resemble shortbread.
Once baked, leave your cookies to cool.
Once cool, mix icing sugar and water in separate bowls and add a different food colour to each bowl. 
Apply to cookies!
I then put them immediately in the fridge for the icing to set!
I then used a very thin paintbrush to add detail on after 
These are great to keep kids entertained! 
For younger children pre-make and bake the cookies and once cool put in the centre of a table surrounded by icing, sprinkles, silver balls, and any other decorations you love!
Have fun and prepared to get messy!


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Hot Cross Buns- Take One

It's that time of year again!
I decided to try my hand at Hot Cross Buns for the first time, and I was distinctly unimpressed!
My other half quickly devoured them warm out of the oven, but my strongest critic wasn't too keen.
I've decided not to post the recipe here because I wouldn't recommend it, but don't despair I'm on the look out for a better one! 
There will be more Easter treats to come! - Watch This Space!