Another festive recipe for you this Sunday!
Tree Biscuits! A centuries old tradition, that a lot of people already have their own recipe and technique for, but just in case you've never made Tree Biscuits for your tree, here is my version,
You can do much more complicated versions, such as 'Stained Glass Tree Biscuits' which invloves boiling up jams, and setting them hard within a biscuit frame. These look incredible with the lights from the tree shining through.
They will be good to eat for a long time, and don't need special storage. They just hang on the tree, like they're supposed to! They are not cookies, and will not go stale.
If you're part of the anti-germs brigade, you'll likely hate this idea as a whole, however please bear in mind that there has yet to have been a recorded case of a person taken ill, or died from eating Tree Biscuits. Step out of your 2011 cotton wool suit for the day, and embrace something fun!
You will need:
100g (4oz) Salted butter
100g (4oz) Brown sugar
300g (11oz Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
2 Free Range Eggs
4 tsp Honey
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground ginger
1 Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy.
2 Beat the two eggs, and mix them with the honey, then add to the butter.
3 Sift in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger, mix to make a dough.
4 Refridgerate the dough for at least half an hour.
5 Roll the dough out thinly, and use festive cookie cutters to make the shapes.
6 Use a clean pencil or something to make the holes for threading the ribbon through later.
7 Bake at 170ºC (338ºF) for 20 minutes.
The less decoration on these, the better. Just plain water icing thinly spread (too thick and it risks picking up humidity from your house and any decorations fixed to it will fall off)
Do not use buttercream, fondant, or chocolate. These will go off, or go moldy and ruin your biscuits!
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Both images used in this are courtesy of a Google Image search for 'Christmas Tree Biscuits'