THIRD YEAR ENGLISH LITERATURE STUDENT, NIA, SHARES HER CHRISTMAS RECIPE FOR FESTIVE BISCUITS…
Even though we’ve all secretly been celebrating since the 1st of November, it is now becoming a socially acceptable time to spread Christmas cheer! So this week I am sharing a simple Christmas biscuit recipe, suitable for bulk-making for work parties, to celebrate the end of the university term with your flat mates or even to create with younger brothers and sisters. Enjoy!
350g Plain Flour
100g Self-raising Flour
125g Granulated Sugar
125g Unsalted Butter
1 large Egg
1tbsp Maple Syrup
Green food dye
Makes 32 biscuits.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F/Gas Mark 4 and line a tray with greaseproof paper.
- Combine the plain flour, self-raising flour and the sugar in a bowl and stir well. Next add the butter, mixing the ingredients together with your fingers to create a crumbly texture.
- Create a hole in the centre of the mixture and add the honey, egg and maple syrup. Using your hands, combine the ingredients together to create a dough.
- With any left-over flour, lightly dust a surface and roll out the dough using a rolling pin until it is roughly 0.5cm thick.
- Using biscuit cutters, preferably in the shape of Christmas objects, cut shapes out of the dough. If you don’t have any cutters you could always get creative with a knife or any other objects you have lying around the kitchen!
- Place the shapes on the previously lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once they have finished cooking, take the biscuits off the tray to cool before icing.
- Now comes the fun part! When you’re ready to ice them, you can use a variety of methods. For mine I used royal icing sugar (mixed with water) and melted chocolate to cover the biscuits, then decorated with pre-bought sweets and chocolate shapes.