Cooking up a storm

30 Nov

Rebel chef’s aprons now available to buy online

These 100% cotton high quality chefs aprons with a rebellious twist will make the perfect gift this Christmas, and at just £10! You can get your hands on yours now at my online shop.

And while you wait for your aprons to be delivered, why not get into the Christmas spirit and try out this biscuit recipe. I made some on Monday night. Make a hole in them before you cook them and they are perfect for decorating and hanging up.

Christmas Tree Biscuits

You Need:

  • 100g salted butter
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4tsp honey
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until soft and whippy. Beat together the eggs and honey, and beat them into the butter. Place a sieve over the bowl and sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Stir to bring the mixture together into a dough. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for 30 minutes to make it easier to work with. Now roll out quite thinly and cut into Christmassy shapes. Finally, using a knitting needle or skewer, make a hole at the top of each biscuit for threading through ribbon. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until firm, temperature 170 deg C

Topping Your Biscuits

You could do a German-inspired Lebkuchen topping by placing almond halves in a neat circle on your biscuits (before baking). Press them on lightly and brush with a little beaten egg. This gives an elegant result that would be perfect for giving away.

Another sophisticated option is a crunchy, golden sprinkle of demerara sugar. To make it festive, sprinkle a little Edible Gold Lustre (Squires) in a small bowl, and toss in a couple of tablespoons of Demerara sugar. Mix gently until the sugar has a golden sheen, then sprinkle it lightly over the surface of your unbaked biscuits. They’ll come out with a very beautiful golden topping.

If the kids want to help decorate (i.e. the fun way to ice them), wait until the biscuits are cooked and cooled. Then make up a bowl of icing, only just thin enough to spread (it’s easy to make it too thin, so veer on the thick side), wrap the kids in aprons, and get out the sprinkles! Once the biscuits have dried, they’re ready to be threaded with pretty ribbon and tied onto the Christmas tree. If you can all keep your hands off them for that long!

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One Response to “Cooking up a storm”

  1. knittedfog December 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    great community action!

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