Happy Easter! Beautiful biscuits to celebrate, but who'll make the best ones?
150g plain flour
75g caster sugar
75g butter with a little salt, chopped
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla essence or vanilla paste
FOR THE ISSUE
250g icing sugar
A mix of food coloring gels - your best colors!
FOR CREATING A CENTER WITH JAM
Icing sugar to drink
200g apricot jam or lemon curd
Put the flour and sugar in a bowl and rub the butter with your hands until the mixture looks like sand, with no lumps of butter. Beat the egg and vanilla together then add to the other mixture. Mix with a knife to roughly combine, then use your hands to knead the dough together - try not to overwork the dough, or the biscuits will be hard! Shape into a dish, then cover the bowl and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C fan / gas. Place baking paper on a baking tray.
Put some flour on the counter. Half the dough, roll one half out until it is as thick as a penny £ 1. Use an egg shaped biscuit cutter (or make a template with cardboard) to cut as many biscuits as you can. Place these on the baking tray leaving little space between each biscuit.
Repeat this step with the other half of the dough, but to make jam biscuits, make a dip in the dough with your thumb.
Bake the biscuits for 12-15 minutes until the biscuits are golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then decorate as you like with the colored food gels.
To decorate, add enough water to the icing sugar to make it fat. Put half of the icing in a piping bag with a very small hole on the end, use this to make the outline of the biscuit or any design you like! Allow to harden for 10 minutes.
To make the jam biscuits, drizzle plenty of icing sugar over the biscuits, (until it's white like a real egg). Put enough jam in the hole.