Sunday, 23 March 2008

Easter biscuits

I decided since it was Easter to use some of the biscuit cutters I bought recently.They're German (Empire) biscuits to a recipe from an old cook book:

8 oz (225g) plain flour
4 oz (115g) butter
4 oz (115g) caster sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla flavouring
Jam and icing sugar for decoration

You will need 1 large, greased baking tray.

1)Cream the sugar and butter
2)Add in vanilla
3)Stir in flour and mix well
4)Add a little of the beaten egg and knead into a stiff dough. (If it is too dry and won't stick add a tablespoon of water)
5)Roll out to 5mm, or around 1/4 inch on a floured surface, and use cutters.
6)Bake at 160 C or 150 C if fan assisted for 15-20 minutes.
7)When cool, cover half in icing and sandwich layers together with jam.Here's what I came up with:

I used coloured fondant icing to save me making lots of batches of icing.

Don't forget to do two of each if using differently shaped cutters, since they have to sit on top of one another. Also, I found it helpful make one layer of the biscuit face the opposite direction. That way, when they are put together, the bottoms are hidden, making it look neater. It's especially useful if they stick to the baking tray as this can be hidden by the jam!
Happy Easter everyone.

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