Thursday, November 17, 2011

Stained Glass Window Biscuits - Recipe

We are nearing 'birthday season' and with that I trying all sorts of options for party food. The 'cake' that has been requested for Isabella's 4th birthday is a ginger bread house. I think it will be pretty straight forward...well I hope it will.
We made this biscuits a couple of weekends ago (before I got sick). They are really quite easy and look so effective. I'm tempted to make 'stained glass windows' in the birthday ginger bread house!

My hints are...

  • Make the biscuits quite big. If they are small it all becomes too fiddly.
  • The crushed lollies do not need to be crushed to nearly a powder (as the picture show). The bigger lumps melted easily.
  • You can cut the basic shape out then easily cut an inside shape with a small paring knife. You don't need another smaller cutter.
  • When you fill cut out shapes, fill as much as you can as it flattens out when it heats up.

Stained Glass Window Biscuits - Recipe 
Australian Women's Weekly Recipe
150 g butter
1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cups (300g) self raising flour
1 egg beaten lightly
24 wrapped boiled lollies

1. Process the butter, sugar, spices and a pinch of salt in food processor until combined.
Add flour and pulse until dough resembles crumbs.
Add the egg; process until the dough just comes together.
Divide the dough into half;, shape into discs.
Wrap each disc in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C (160 degrees fan forced)
Line 3 large oven trays with baking paper.

3. Gently tap the wrapped lollies with a rolling pin to crush lightly (we did this in a tea towel...don't use a good one, it rips!)

4. Roll dough between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick.
Cut out biscuits using cutters.
If you are having them from Christmas tree, make a small hole with a straw.
Re-roll scraps if needed.

5. Transfer biscuits to prepared trays, about 3 cm apart.
careful fill each centre with a pile of crushed lollies.

6. Bake biscuits for about 10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
Stand on trays for about 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. (Make sure the 'glass' is set enough before you do this.

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