Monday, 2 October 2017

Creative Makes - Yum Iced Biscuits

So this weekend I decided to give myself a 'Great British Bake-Off' Style challenge! I came up with these iced biscuits after seeing some cool halloween iced biscuits on Pinterest. I thought I would be cool if they looked like some of my hand-lettering designs, so I came up with the 3D effect. Not gonna lie, these were pretty tricky to make, but I love the way they look, and they really were very yummy! Give them a go using the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Before I started the bake I made these letters out of card to use as templates for the biscuits!



INGREDIENTS

The biscuits-
250g plain flour
115g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
85g ground almonds
1 egg yolk (room temp)
¼ tsp baking powder
½ orange finely zested
1 tbsp orange juice
pinch of salt

The icing-
500g icing sugar
food colouring (pink, blue, yellow, black)

METHOD

The biscuits-

1. Pre-heat the oven to gas 4, 180c, fan 160c

2. Beat the butter, sugar and orange zest in a large bowl. Beat in the egg yolk and the almonds. Sift in the flour, baking powder & salt. Add the orange juice, then work the ingredients together, first with a spoon, then with your hands, to make a firm dough.

3. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for around 15 mins until firm enough to roll out.

4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured worktop until the thickness of a pound coin. Use cutters to stamp out, or templates to cut out your shapes. Arrange them, slightly apart, on lined baking trays.

5. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 mins, until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

The icing-

Use one small (cereal) bowl and one teaspoon per icing colour.

1. First, make the black ‘outline icing’. Half fill your bowl with icing sugar and add one teaspoon of water, mix thoroughly. Add more water, a teaspoon at a time, until you reach a thick consistency that will be easy to pipe. Once you have reached the correct consistency, add the food colouring, mix thoroughly until you have a solid colour with no streaks.

2. Fill your icing bag with the black icing and snip a very small end off the bag, test the piping out on a plate before you start piping on your biscuits. Once you are happy with the icing consistency and the piping size, pipe the outline design onto the biscuits.

3. Leave the outline icing to set until 100% dry and firm.

4. For each of the other colours, repeat step one using the other colourings, but this time make the consistency slightly runnier by adding more water. You will still need to be able to pipe the colours, however it doesn’t need to be as thick as the black outline.

5. Carefully pipe the coloured icings within the lines of the black icing, letting the icing fill and spread out the space in between the outlines. Do one colour at a time, until all of your biscuits are iced completely.

6. Resist temptation and let your iced biscuits dry until the icing has hardened.

7. Enjoy your beautiful yummy iced biscuits!



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