Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Valentine's Day Biscuit Bouquets
To make biscuit bouquet you will need:
Tin, vase, pot or other wide mouthed container
Sand or pebbles
Polystrene/styrofoam - left over from packaging, if you don't have any, see if you can scrounge a chunk from an electrical store or some other retailer whose product is packaged in polystrene.
Popsicle sticks, wooden skewers or heat proof chopsticks
To make the base, fill your chosen container 1/3 full of sand or pebbles. Pack the top with polystyrene.
Prepare the biscuits:
125g butter of shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 egg yolk
1 tsp of vanilla
Wooden or bamboo skewers
Non stick baking paper
1 cup icing sugar
Squeeze of lemon juice or a drop or two of artificial colour and flavour, such as raspberry or peppermint
Decorations such as silver balls, celebration sprinkles, icing flowers, small candies ...
For filled biscuits - strawberry or raspberry jam and a dab of glace icing
Makes around 30+ frosted biscuits depending on size.
Preheat oven to 180C
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix well, then stir in the flour and mix to a form dough. Knead the dough then lightly roll out on a floured surface slightly thicker than you usually would. Cut into shapes using decorative cutters. Insert skewers almost all the way through each cookie. If you are making jam filled cookies, use a small cutter to cut a shape from the centre of half the biscuits. Skewers will be inserted in filled biscuits once baked. Place prepared cookies on baking trays covered with non stick baking paper and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly golden.
Combine the glace icing ingredients, suing only as much water as you need to make a spreadable icing. Ice the top of each cooled cookie with icing and decorate as desired. Sprinkles, silver balls, edible glitter ....
For jam filled biscuits, remove from trays and when cool spread the 1/2 biscuits with jam. Add a few dabs of glace icing around the edge, position a skewer in the middle ensuring it is not visible, then top with the biscuits that have no centres. Sticking them in place with the dabs of icing.
Cooks tip: If you haven't got the right size cutters, improvise with a drinking glass for the biscuits and use a screw top bottle cap to cut out the centres. Raid the kids' playdough cutters and see what they've got.
To assemble the bouquet, carefully insert the skewers into the polystyrene with tuille, curling ribbon or tissue paper.
If the cookies are not likely to be eaten immediately, you can individually wrap them in clear cellophane and tie with curling ribbon to keep cookies fresh.