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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Day 2: Gingerbread Stained Glass Window Biscuits


Day two of baking, and I thought it'd make sense to bake something useful - food that can be used to decorate a Christmas tree. Well, it's useful if, like me, you've managed to eat pretty much all of the edible decorations on the tree...


Although these look quick and easy, you really should set aside a bit of time. Alternatively, you could just take all electronic devices away and you'll probably get it done in a quarter of the time it took me! However, the dough does have to rest in the fridge for a while, and the rolling out/cutting/baking thing takes quite some time.


These are really fun to make though, and they're a nice addition to a tastefully decorated tree (pun intended). Alternatively, you could just make gingerbread biscuits and eat them. You could even ice them! I was going to decorate mine but I got a bit bored and wanted to watch Fresh Meat instead.


Recipe:
  • 380g plain flour
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 130g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 150g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp treacle
  • 1 pack of boiled sweets, crushed (I used glacier fruits - word of warning: they are very hard to bash)
  1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices into a big bowl.
  2. Rub the butter in.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the boiled sweets) and mix until you have a soft dough - add more flour if it's too sticky.
  4. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180oC.
  6. Roll out the dough to a decent thickness and cut out shapes, cutting out smaller shapes inside the bigger ones, making sure you leave a large border.
  7. Place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 5 minutes.
  8. Take out of the oven and fill the holes in the biscuits with the crushed boiled sweets
  9. Put back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
  10. Take out of the oven, and if you want to make decorations use a skewer/sharp object to make a hole for a ribbon in the top of the biscuit.
  11. Leave to cool, and thread ribbons through the holes.



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