19 December 2010

Christmas baubles & stars - Nigella eat your heart out!

In determination not to let the snow stop my fun, I've been on a bit of Christmas cook off this weekend & have another 'simple-ish' recipe to share courtesy of the Tesco magazine.

Christmas Biscuit Baubles & Stars

Christmas Biscuit Baubles & Stars
  • Makes 20ish
  • Takes 1 hour to prepare
  • 30 mins chilling
  • 12 mins cooking
  • & overnight to set
Ingredients:
  • 1 lemon, zested & juiced
  • 100g butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 175g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 500g Royal Icing sugar
  • Red food colouring - or in my case blue & yellow mixed together to make green!
  • Silver balls to decorate
Method:
  • Preheat over to 180 degrees.
  • Put the lemon zest, butter, sugar & flour in a food processor & blend to fine crumbs. 
  • Add the egg yolk & 1 tablespoon lemon juice & blend for a few seconds.
  • Gather dough into a ball and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Lightly dust a work surface with flour & roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin.
  • Using a round cutter (or rim end of a glass!) and star cutter - cut out star/circle shapes & place on a oiled baking tray.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden at the edges.  Leave for 10 minutes before removing from the tray to cool.
  • Make up the royal icing following the instructions on the pack.  Put half in a separate bowl & add a little more water to give a pouring consistency - colour as desired & put in an airtight containers until needed.
  • Put the thicker icing in a piping bag (sandwich bag works well!) & design to your heart's content adding silver balls as you go along.
  • Leave to set overnight & voila your Christmas biscuits are ready to serve.

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