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Sugar Biscuits

7 Mar

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Everyone loves sugar cookies, plain with a cup of tea, dipped in chocolate or decorated with icing sugar…the perfect gift too!! Here’s how:

What you need:
390g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
230g unsalted butter, room temperature
200g caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

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What you do:
1) Mix together all the dry flour, salt, and baking soda.
2) In a separate bowl whisk together the butter and sugar until light a fluffy. Add in the eggs(one at a time) and the vanilla.
3) Slowly add in the flour mixture until it become a smooth dough.
4) Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for one hour.
5) Pre-heat the oven to 175C.
6) Lightly flour the surface and your rolling pin and roll out dough until it’s about 1cm thick.
7) Use any cutter of your choice and press into the dough, lift up the pretty shapes and bake them for 4-10 minutes (depending on size).
8) Let cool and decorate as you please…

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For royal icing check out my video.

Whatever you do, have fun! Enjoy it and it is a brilliant recipe if you want to get the kids involved!

Keep it delicious!

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The Cutest and Most Delicious Gingerbread People

9 Nov

The cutest gingerbread family.

T’is that time of the year, weeks away from the sound of jingle bells, Starbucks red cups flying all over the place and the smell of gorgeous goodies being baked, cooked, sizzled and fried in time for the big feast. Who else is as excited as me? For a couple of weeks now I’ve been ‘slaving’ away perfecting the edible, Christmas essentials, from mince pies to almond snaps and even Irish coffee! From week to week I will share a few of these recipes with you, including video tutorials of how to make something so simple, so pretty! If you guys have any suggestions of recipes you want me to share or tips and tricks you’d like to learn let me know!

First off, gingerbread people! Not just for children, everyone loves these fabulous treats, but who has had one that is perfectly crunchy with a yummy soft centre? Well here is how:

What you will need:
– 80g unsalted butter
– 50g soft light brown sugar
– ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 40g golden syrup
– 20g black treacle
– 2 egg yolks
– 250g plain flour and a tiny bit extra for dusting
– 1 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– Rolling pin
– Gingerbread cutters – I used the two children and an extra tiny one purely because I think they are cuter!

What you do:
1) Preheat the oven to 175°C
2) Grab a bowl and beat together the brown sugar and butter into a creamy consistency.
3) Chuck in the golden syrup, black treacle and yolks and continue beating until it is all incorporated, remembering to scrape the sides.
4) Mix the remaining dry ingredients together (flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon). Sift this into the creamy mix, get your hands stuck in and bring the mixture together.
5) Flour a properly clean surface; roll the dough out to a thickness of 0.5cms and get to stamping, the more you can get the better! Make sure to keep going until all the dough is used, it just means we have no wastage and more to eat 😉
6) Place the gingerbread people onto a lined baking tray and bake for 8 minutes, once done leave to cool on wire rack before decorating.

Stay tuned, I will be posting a short video on how to decorate your gingerbread people in a few days, but if you can’t wait to make these little biscuits into adorable characters then go ahead, grab some sweets, icing pens, and anything else scrumptiously pretty. I would love to see how you did so make sure you let me know!

Keep it delicious!