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Crazy about Christmas jumpers

jumpers

There is no greater time of year to throw fashion-caution to the wind and dig out our favourite, over-the-top, colourful, gaudy Christmas jumpers. In my opinion the more garish, the better!

So imagine our delight when we found Christmas jumper biscuit cutters in our local Lakeland store. Not only do we get to wear jazzy jumpers now we can eat them too!

gingerbread

I used our trusted Gingerbread family recipe to make the biscuits, as I love the flavour that the Billington’s light muscovado sugar gives to the gingerbread – perfectly complimenting the ginger and gives a beautiful golden colour to the bake too.

A good tip if you are wanting to use these biscuits as tree decorations, use a thick straw to stamp out a hole in the neck of the jumper. This will give you room to thread the ribbon through. It is always handy to save a few straws next time that you have a sneaky fast food drive-thru as they often come in handy when baking/decorating.

i chose to decorate the biscuits with sugar paste icing as I love the bright, vibrant colours, but flooding with icing would work just as well.

If like me you don’t have the time to make up traditional royal icing with egg whites, the all-in-one icings available work equally as well. I particularly like the flavour and fineness of the Silver Spoon all-in-one royal icing sugar and it is really simple to make.

jumpers 2

The beauty of the Lakeland cutter is that they include 4 jumper designs; snowman, tree, bauble and snowflake. I loved getting creative with the different styles and mixing and matching the colours.

I think personalising the biscuits would be a lovely idea for a gift or even a quirky alternative place setting for your dining table on Christmas Day.

Mine were destined for the BakingMad.com Christmas tree. I wonder how long they will last there though before the mischevious Christmas elves (us) sneak a bite…

 

Great British Bickies

Crunchy, chewy, jammy or dunkers you can’t deny that us Brits love a good biscuit with a brew. With the Great British Bake Off contestants tackling biscuit creations in the big white tent this week, it got us thinking at BakingMad.com what our favourite bickies are?

Everyone has a childhood favourite and in my opinion you can’t beat a retro classic, in particular the Bourbon. Delicious chocolate biscuits sandwiching a rich and sweet chocolate filling….mmm, what more could you want?

So I whipped out my apron and set about creating my own handmade classics. The dough was really simple to make and used a blend of unrefined golden caster and light muscovado sugar to give a rich chocolate flavour and a soft chewy texture.

With the dough chilled in the fridge, I rolled and cut into rectangles and used a skewer to mark the traditional Bourbon design. A good tip is to keep the biscuits pushed together on the baking tray so that they remain uniformed when baked.

Bourbon dough

Back in the fridge they went to chill for a little longer. In my opinion the longer you chill them the better as when baked this will prevent the frustration of your biscuits spreading and mis-shaping.

These little gems only took 25 minutes to bake, which was just as well as the delicious smell coming from the oven was proving difficult to resist!

Bourbon cooling

I left them to cool whilst I made the filling. The inclusion of custard powder and unrefined golden icing sugar gave the chocolate filling an extra chocolate caramel twist. As delicious as this is, it is important not to get too carried away with the amount that you pipe on to your biscuits. Nobody wants a Bourbon with filling oozing out of the sides!

Due to the moisture from the filling, it is best to eat these biscuits within 2 days of baking, otherwise they may become too soft…not a problem with these ones though as they were soon gobbled up by the BakingMad.com team.

Join the Great British Bake Off contestants and have your own biscuit bake off with this yummy recipe:

http://www.bakingmad.com/bourbon-biscuits-recipe/

Happy Baking!

Finished biscuits

Make the most of Molasses

Molasses is a dark brown type of sugar made from sugar cane. It has a deep, strong flavour is attained through it’s high content of natural cane molasses.

Molasses is perfect to use in marinadeschutneys and pickles along with rich fruit cakesmincemeat and gingerbread. It adds a distinct deep and rich flavour to your baking that no other ingredient can match.

We recommend using unrefined natural cane molasses such as Billington’s. Unrefined sugar cane retains a natural locked in flavour and colour which refined brown sugar loses in the refining process. You can find Billington’s molasses in all major supermarkets.

Why not try the following recipes which include Molasses sugar and discover the incredible flavour for yourself?

Molasses is a great ingredient in sticky sauces and marinades.

Discover the depth it can add to your fruit cakes.

If you’d like any more tips and advice on using molasses simply leave your question below!

Happy Baking!