Pretty Edible Gifts

Pretty Edible Gifts

This pretty homemade gift is ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth.


Iced Biscuits
Makes: about 15
Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus refrigeration time
Baking Time: 10 - 12 minutes
Oven temperature: 170° C

Ingredients:

  • 120g soft butter
  • 70g caster sugar
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 180g cake flour
  • 300g approx icing sugar, sifted
  • pink food colouring
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Iced biscuits

To make:

  1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light. Beat in the vanilla essence and egg yolk. Add the flour and stir it in until it forms a soft dough. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Roll the dough out between two sheets of plastic wrap to about 3mm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut large circles out of the dough. Place the circles on to a greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the baking tray and allow to cool on wire racks.
  3. For the icing, stir the egg white and half of the sifted icing sugar together in a large bowl. Gradually stir in the remaining icing sugar and stir until smooth and glossy. The icing should be thick but still soft enough to pipe and lose its shape just slightly.
  4. Spoon half the icing into a piping bag with a thin, round nozzle. Colour the remaining icing light pink and cover with cling wrap.
  5. First pipe the smallest petals of the flower pattern on to the biscuit. Pipe a very slight zigzag pattern so that the icing is thick, or pipe a double solid line. Use the side of a small, flat paintbrush to drag the icing towards the centre of the flower. Moisten the brush very slightly if necessary. Don’ t brush away all the icing as the outline needs to stay solid. Pipe the next flower around the first one and continue doing the same brushing technique until the biscuit is filled. You can also ice parts of the flower and finish off the un-iced biscuit with small dots of royal icing. Ice half the biscuits in white and the other half in pink. Leave to harden overnight before packing into a biscuit tin.

GOOD IDEA Practice the technique on one of the biscuits first. You can wipe away the icing with a damp cloth and start again until you get the right look.

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