I have just spent a gorgeously indulgent afternoon making and icing biscuits for a very good friends birthday and Valentine’s Day. They do take a long time to do and the icing got a little wobbly towards the end but all in all I think they look good enough to eat ( funny that!! ) and fairly simple to do. I have The Great British Book of Baking to thank for this recipe. For anyone that watched the first series of The Great British Bake off, these biscuits are Miranda’s decorated vanilla biscuits. They were shoes and teacups and cakes and all utterly divine. Mine are not as pretty but they taste good so alls well that ends well. Right enough waffle, here now follows the recipe:
- 200g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 vanilla pod, I used vanilla bean paste, 1 tbsp of.
- 1 medium free range egg
- 400g plain flour
- 500g icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- food colouring paste
- cookie cutters in whatever shape amuses you
- greaseproof paper
- 2 or 3 baking trays
- icing bags, nozzles optional
- Put the butter and sugar into a bowl along with the vanilla ( either scraped seeds or a tbsp of paste). Beat until light and fluffy.
- Then add the beaten egg to the mixture slowly.
- Then add the flour slowly, bit by bit. This will make a soft dough.
- Once you have your dough pop it into a freezer bag or wrap it in cling film and pop it in to the fridge for at least half an hour.
- Heat up your oven to 180 degrees C.
- Once your dough is chilled it is time to roll out and cut your shapes. Roll the dough to a thickness of 5mm and cut out your shapes, place them on greaseproof paper that is cut to fit your baking trays.
- Re chill your biscuits for at least 5 minutes before placing in the oven for between 9 and 12 minutes.
- Take the biscuits out of the oven once they are just starting to go golden on the edges. Leave them on the tray for a minute to harden off slightly and then remove them to a cooling rack.
- Once your biscuits are cool you can decorate. I used a stiff glace icing mixed with a little water and lemon juice to pipe the outlines on the biscuits and then used a slightly runnier glace icing to fill them. Be as creative as you like and be prepared to get sticky!
P.S Normally I would ask my offspring to take a photo of whatever yummies I have made but they have decided that it is time I learned how to work the groovy camera so the following pics are my best offerings!! Enjoy! Lx