Can you believe it is already (nearly) that time of year again? Wanting to try your hand at some new Christmas baking recipes for the children? Please see two new recipes below!
- 225g butter
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 free range eggs
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the eggs and sift in the flour, bicarb soda and cream of tartar. Mix until a smooth dough has formed. You may have to scrape the beater down half way through mixing.
3. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4. Now for the fun part, get the children involved! Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Cut out biscuits using Christmas shaped cutters and place on prepared baking trays.
5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool and eat! Delicious!
Mini Christmas Elf Donuts
Sweet and adorable recipe taken from bbc.goodfood.com
- 2 tbsp melted butter, plus an extra 1 tbsp for greasing
- 100g plain flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 tbsp golden caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 tbsp buttermilk
For the icing
- 250g icing sugar
- 50ml milk
- red and green food colouring
- red, green & white sprinkles
- green and red writing icing tubes (optional)
1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Brush some melted butter in the holes of a 24-hole mini muffin tin.
2. Put the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a big bowl and mix together with your hands.
3. Pour the melted butter into a jug with the egg, vanilla, maple syrup and buttermilk, and mix together with a fork.
4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones and use a big wooden spoon to mix until there are no lumps.
5. Use teaspoons to divide the mixture between the holes in the tin. Bake in the oven for 8-10 mins, then cool in the tin.
6. Now it’s time to turn them into donuts. Once cool, carefully tip the cakes out. Sit each on a chopping board and push an apple corer into the centre to cut the middle out so you have a ring.
7. Put the icing sugar and milk in a saucepan over a low heat. Whisk until runny and smooth. Divide the icing between three bowls, and mix a little green food colouring into one bowl, and a little red colouring into another.
8. Sit the donuts on a wire rack (so the drips can fall off), then spoon a little icing onto each. Decorate with sprinkles and writing icing, if you like. As this glaze dries quickly, finish decorating one colour, then start the next colour. If the icing is not runny enough, put in the microwave for 10 secs and stir well. Will keep for 2 days.