Friday, 20 December 2013

Festive Biscuits For The Masses...


This week was Taite's last ever kinder session. He is my last little boy at home too so it was an extra special occasion. I have previously written about my thoughts on Taite transitioning to school here.
He had a sweet little kinder concert with songs and dances and little graduation hats. Everything was too cute and I must admit to feeling just a tinsy bit teary witnessing the purest performance ever of Jingle Bells complete with real bell jingling.

 
I hope he holds onto his sweetness when he enters school! He's a little softie this one - kooky too. I adore his little boy spirit and will miss his ever-present self by my side next year.

 
As luck would have it, my older boys were having their primary school parties on the very same day as Taite. For a Mum of many kids that meant supplying a plate of food for four events in one day! 
I could have done the easy thing and done something like popcorn or bought chips and dips but NO! That just would not do!
It was to be biscuits. 
Many biscuits. 
A batch of 88 of them to be precise!

 
Since I bought my KitchenAid Stand Mixer I have been baking biscuits more than ever. The dough hook attachment has taken the labour out of mixing and I now find biscuit baking quite pleasurable. My kids are enjoying it too. (They steal pinches of dough when my back is turned)!

 
I used this biscuit recipe to make the most adorable little star bickies to share with the masses. The dough holds its shape very well so it's perfect for using with cookie cutters of any shape. Best of all was the sense of pride I felt when I walked into kinder holding my plate of stunning cookies! Did I mention they taste great too! My kids talked about these for days, telling me that the plates were emptied very quickly and that the other kids thought they were the best thing at the party! (Make that parties)!

 
In the spirit of Christmas, I am sharing this recipe for those of you who may find yourselves entertaining more than a handful of guests this festive season, be they big or small!
They are bound to be a hit and make very pretty little table decorations too.

To make:

Set your oven to 160 degrees C.
3/4 cup of Meadow Lea margarine (You can use butter - I don't like butter)!
3/4 of a cup of caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
2 and 3/4 cup of plain flour plus extra for rolling dough.

Cookie cutters of your choosing to suit the occasion. The smaller the cutter, the bigger the batch!
One packet of Nestle White Chocolate Melts (you will need approximately half a bag to decorate).
Silver Sugar Pearls for decoration


I made mine in a stand mixer with a dough hook so please adapt the method to your requirements if hand mixing: Cream the butter and sugar together and when pale add vanilla essence and eggs. Add the dry ingredients and mix slowly until the dough comes together in a ball.
Halve the dough to make it easier to work with. Place the unused half in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap while you work with the other half if the weather is warm for best results.
Flour your workbench and roll out the dough until it's about .5cm thickness.
Cut your shapes and place them on a lined baking sheet.
Bake each sheet of biscuits for 8-10-12 minutes as required. Usually as soon as you can smell them, it's just about time to remove them! Don't let them brown, just the tiniest hint of colour is perfect.

Cool on the sheet and transfer to a wire rack. When completely cool, melt your chocolate according to packet directions. Spoon a small quantity of chocolate onto each cookie and top with a silver bauble.

Admire!

 
Merry Christmas everyone!
I will be posting a little less frequently in the next fortnight due to the holiday period.
(Things are a little quiet in the blogging world at this time of year)!
Enjoy your Festive Season.
 
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5 comments:

  1. Well done to your little graduate Taite, and those star biccies look yum!

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  2. I often have to go searching for a good, standard biscuit recipe for making bikkies with the kids. Will have to file this one! Your stars look lovely - and the kids do too. Merry Christmas!

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  4. Congratulations on your 75th post! I jumped into blogging without any planning or much thought at all. I figured if I thought about it too much - fear would stop me doing it. I've been at it now for 1.3 years and it is now that I am planning and thinking ... for a new blog :-) That book looks great. I might have to investigate! Min xo

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