Just a quick post, I need to dig out my tiara and decide whether a veil is a little de trop. Yes, I'm off to a tea party tomorrow to watch the nuptials of Wills n' Kate - a televisual extraveganza which promises to be an unholy alliance of Pantene advert and Songs of Praise. I asked if I should bring booze, but was informed that a 10am start rendered champagne unnecessary. However, it did present an opportunity to use my rather fabulous giant crown cookie cutter from Cox and Cox, which normally resides on my kitchen wall.
The smallest boy and I made a load of gingerbread dough, and then spent a satisfying few minutes pulverizing boiled sweets in my electric mini chopper.
Coo - Cath K colours and Union Jacks?
Do not adjust your set. You're still at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping
I hadn't made 'stained glass' effect biscuits before, but they came out ok after a bit of trial and error. The methods I looked up all suggested cooking for 5 minutes, but there was no way that would be long enough for my gingerbread recipe. Instead I cooked the dough for 10 minutes at 160 degrees, then filled in the 'jewel' spaces with the crushed sweets, before putting it back in the oven for a further 10 minutes. This melted the sweets nicely, without them burning.
If you try these, make sure you line your baking tray with oiled greaseproof paper first - learn from my mistakes and save yourself the blood, sweat, tears and broken spatula. Also, lovely as the crown cutter is, it's an absolute bugger to move the dough from your surface to the tray. It's really large and also full of weak points from the holes - the little heart biscuits were far easier. I'm definitely going to do those for Valentine's day, and some star shaped ones for Christmas.
Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend all!