Christmas itself might still be over a month away but it’s definitely time to start collecting all those delicious Christmas recipes you want to try. At Fishpools, we’re kicking things off with these gorgeous iced Christmas biscuits, baked to perfection on our Stellar James Martin 38cm baking sheet.
350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
175g light soft brown sugar
1 medium egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
500g icing sugar
Assorted food colouring
- Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and spices into a bowl. Add the butter and rub the mixture between your fingertips until it looks like breadcrumbs. Stir through the sugar.
- Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and stir through the flour mixture until it starts to come together. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Whilst the dough chills, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out to a thickness of 0.5cm on a lightly floured surface. Using a heart shaped cut, cut out the shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them to allow for spread whilst cooking.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until just golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes to harden up and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Whilst your biscuits cool, make the icing. Add water slowly to sieved icing sugar to ensure the correct consistency is achieved. You’ll want a thicker icing for outline and detail work and a slightly thinner one for flooding large areas.
Top Tip: Use gel colouring for a more vibrant colour. It also won’t affect the consistency like traditional liquid colourings.
- Once your biscuits are cool, fill piping bags with your icing and create your designs. We love these gorgeous lace designs à la the Bake Off final 2017, but allow your imagination to run wild with all the Christmassy possibilities!