It’s here. SPRING IS HERE!
Think of all things spring, all things bright and beautiful!
I had an itchy baking finger this morning so decided to use my morning to create a bit of positivity in my home, the weather has been just bloody awful!
The good thing about these biscuits is that they are easy to make, even for first timers. There are no raising agents so you do not have to worry about them spreading on the baking tray, and they take the smallest time to cook. You most likely will have the ingredients already hiding in the fridge and cupboard.
100g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
100g caster sugar
275g plain flour
1 egg, lightly beaten (i used a small/large egg)
1 tsp vanilla extract
500g Fondant (whichever colour you fancy, I dyed mine baby blue with the help of Wilton Gel Paste)
Method for making the biscuits:
- Preheat the oven to 190c. Line a few baking sheets with baking paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar together, either by hand or machine. I thoroughly recommend using at least a small machine whisk because you really want to help lighten the mixture at this stage. I whisked mine by hand machine for around 4 minutes until pale and fluffy.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk again until very well combined. Try to use good quality vanilla extract, if you do not have any then don’t worry too much. No one will judge. You could add at this point some lemon or lime zest or even some lavender for those in need of a different flavour.
- Add the flour, sift it into the bowl to help add lightness. Fold with a spoon, don’t about beat it to within an inch of its life, just enough to come together. Use your hands to do the rest You’ll find the right texture for the dough is slightly dry but together, and not sticky.
- Spread some clingfilm across the work surface and pop the dough on top, spreading it a bit thinner to create a disc. Cover properly and pop in the fridge for about 15 minutes to cool down a bit and make it easier to handle.
- Grab the dough and roll it out onto the work surface. I use a sprinkling of plain flour to help it stop from sticking. Use a rolling pin (or whatever you have to hand, you could even use a wine bottle! ) and roll to about 1/6 inch thickness. This is about the thickness of a pound coin but don’t worry about getting it so right, as long as they are all evenly rolled out. You can use baking paper to help you, just sandwich the dough between two pieces of paper and roll to desired thickness.
- When its the thickness you want, grab your cutter! I used a cute bunny one I found at a shop, it cost around £1.35 so was a reasonable investment! If you do not have a cutter to use you can cut out the shape with a knife going around a card shape. You can even just make a circle shape, again it’s your biscuit!
- Use a palette knife to transfer them to the baking sheets and pop them in the oven. This took me 10 minutes with my fan oven, either way check at 10 minutes. You can always check again in two. You’re looking for the biscuits to have a slight golden edge, but not completely. They should still be a bit pale.
- Transfer these bunnies to a cooling tray until completely cooled and hey presto you have a bunch of bunnies ready to be iced!
Method for icing the biscuits:
- You need to process the fondant to make it easy to roll, so knead it well until you warm it up. This takes a couple of minutes.
- Once warmed up and pliable, you need to roll it out to about 1/8 inch thickness. [I usually roll out fondant onto a well icing-sugared surface -which you can do too] I used my new fondant rolling mat from Iced Jems online cake shop.
- Once rolled out grab your bunny cutter again and dip it in some icing sugar to help from sticking, cut out as many bunnies as you need. Just re-roll the fondant!
- Leave them to dry a bit and embellish how you like – I used a light spraying of lustre dust and a cookie stamp to say the words ‘Springtime’. Very festive!
- Attach the finished fondant pieces to the biscuits; either piping an outline of stiff icing (smaller than the fondant) directly onto the biscuit and apply the fondant top or dab a bit of water to the back of the fondant and this will act as a glue.
You should have something that looks similar (or very dissimilar – you can make any shape, colour or flavour biscuit you like!) to this:
And there you have it. Springtime Bunny Beauties!
Lifehack alert! Use vinyl gloves if you do not want to keep washing your hands – I suffer from dermatitis so this really helps, just remember to change them every so often to avoid contamination.
If you need to dye your fondant, take a small piece of white fondant and add the gel paste to that piece, knead it until evenly distributed and then add it to the larger ball of fondant, again kneading it until the colour is even throughout.
Measure the ingredients out and have them all ready in front of you before you start, it may sound a bit finicky but trust me it can help you not forget any small ingredients like the vanilla.
Note: I used my Iced Jems fondant mat to roll out; you can buy one here and you can see how its used here. I found it really easy to use (I used it upside down….!) and will be using it again in the next week for Elias’ birthday cake!
Feel free to ask any questions, and please show me your own creations for springtime. Food or not, now is the time to get spring-obsessed!