Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Spicy Edible Christmas Tree Biscuits

Christmas Tree decorations and perfectly edible biscuits with a real Christmassy taste to them, they make the room smell wonderful too.  I found about 3 recipes and combined their ingredients list.  Either that, or I can't find the original

  • 100g unsalted butter softened
  • 100g soft dark sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 4 tbsp honey
Oven 170°C, put greaseproof paper on 2 baking sheets

  1. Butter & sugar in a bowl, mix until pale and creamy.
  2. Put into a food processor and then add: flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, pepper & blitz.
  3. Then add the eggs & honey until a dough is formed.
  4. Cut the dough in half, put half in cling film in the fridge and work the other half on a floured worktop.
  5. Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut out shapes, put each shape on a piece of greaseproof on an oven tray, until you run out of dough.
  6. Get the other half-mixture and do the same.
  7. Before they go in the oven put a hole near the top of each one, so you can tie a ribbon/string for hanging.
  8. Cook for 20mins and cool on wire trays (preferably overnight).
  9. Mix up a thick icing mixture (water icing will work, royal icing is a bit tougher) & make pretty patterns on the decorations & leave to cool again.
  10. Thread a needle with gold/silver string, or use fancy ribbon to create hanging loops on each decoration and hang from your Christmas tree. 
After Christmas, just take off the tree and eat.  Or leave on the tree and eat :)

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