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Crazy about Christmas jumpers

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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!

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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.

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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…

 

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!