Christmas Biscuits


What you will need (to make about 20 plain biscuits):

Ingredients 
  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g margarine 
  • 2 eggs (just the yolks)
  • 2 teaspoons of milk (optional)
  • Icing tubes/ other decorative things (optional)

Utensils 
  • Wooden spoon, and a fork
  • Electric whisk (optional) or regular whisk
  • 2 mixing bowls, and a mug
  • Sieve
  • Rolling pin or something cylindrical
  • Grease proof paper OR butter/ margarine  
  • Baking tray
  • Cookie cutters OR knife to cut some shapes

Method
  1. Grease a baking tray with butter or margarine, or line it with grease proof paper, and set/preheat the oven to 160 degrees. (Leave until step 10). If your margarine is in the fridge, it may be helpful to take it out to soften slightly to make step 4 easier.
  2. Sieve the plain flour into a bowl. (Leave until step 6).
  3. Beat the egg yolks in a mug with a fork. (Leave until step 5).
  4. Cream the margarine and sugar in a different bowl with a spoon or electric whisk until it is pale and fluffy. If the margarine is hard, this step may require some perseverance!
  5. Add the egg yolks to the margarine/sugar mixture and beat it in. Use whatever utensil works best.
  6. Gradually add the flour to the margarine/sugar/egg mixture, and mix until it is a malleable consistency. 
  7. If your dough is dry at this point, you may want to add 2 teaspoons (more of less) of milk. I don't suggest using too much. Also, do not worry if you accidentally add too much, as the flour in the next step will help to dry the dough.
  8. Flour some sort of surface to roll out your dough to about 1cm in thickness, using a rolling pin that has also been floured or some other cylindrical thing.
  9. Use the cookie cutters, or knife, to cut out some festive shapes!
  10. Place the biscuits onto the greased baking tray and put it into the oven for about 10-20 minutes. Remember, the smaller biscuits will cook faster AND biscuits continue to cook after they have been taken out of the oven, so make sure they don't burn!
  11. When they are cooked, leave the biscuits to cool down before eating or decorating.
  12. Decorate!

Personally, I only really like recipe guides that have step-by-step pictures, but now I can see why most do not - you become too engrossed in the baking to take decent pictures. Here are some that I did manage to take:

Step 8

Step 9

Step 10

 Step 11

Step 12
 

The top two were decorated by Ollie's younger sister, Daisy, who was the baking mastermind behind all of this. The bottom two were decorated by me!

We also melted some chocolate in order to make half-dipped chocolate stars:

These are all of the biscuits we made:


Finally, we had some left over melted chocolate, so we made chocolate cornflake cakes. It is really simple to do - just add cornflakes into melted chocolate, mix them around, then spoon them into cupcake cases and allow them to cool/set.

Bye for now,
Ang

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