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  • Posted on August 31, 2017

    Back to School Lunch Wraps

    Sick of sandwiches coming back in the school lunch box? Why not mix it up a bit with these tasty wrap combos? They’re healthy, simple to prepare and a make a great lunch for kids and adults.

    Avocado Wrap lunch on the go

    Avocado and Chickpea Wraps

    4 wholemeal/whole-wheat tortillas or other wraps

    400-g/14-oz. can chickpeas drained and rinsed

    4 generous spoonfuls cottage cheese

    1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced

    1 tomato, deseeded and flesh diced

    3–4 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese

    a few handfuls of shredded little gem lettuce and/or sprouted seeds

    a little freshly squeezed lemon juice

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Makes 4 servings

     

    Working one at a time, put a tortilla onto the work surface. Sprinkle a quarter of the chickpeas on top in a line down the middle.

    Mash with a fork, spreading in a half-moon shape towards one edge of the tortilla.

    Cover this with a generous spoonful of cottage cheese. Arrange a few avocado slices on top, in a line down the middle.

    Sprinkle over a small handful of diced tomato, a little grated Cheddar cheese and some lettuce and/or sprouted seeds.

    Squeeze over a little lemon juice and season lightly.

    Starting from the edge with the filling, begin rolling to enclose the filling. Wrap in greaseproof paper or clingfilm/plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until required.

     

    Or why not try...

    Cream Cheese & Barley Spread

    Make a spread using 200 g/1 cup cream cheese mixed with 200 g/1 cup cooked barley. Season with a pinch of celery salt and a pinch of garlic granules. Spread on a wrap and top with thin strips of celery, red (bell) pepper, shredded lettuce and grated carrot. Sprinkle with grated cheese, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and roll up.

    Tofu Salad

    Mash some firm tofu in a bowl with a few spoonfuls of mayonnaise. Stir in some finely chopped celery, thinly sliced spring onions/scallions, finely grated cheese and a pinch of dry mustard powder. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread on a wrap, top with sprouted seeds or shredded lettuce and roll up.

    Egg, Cheese & Tomato

    Spread some freshly prepared scrambled eggs or egg mayonnaise over a wrap, sprinkle with some finely grated cheese and diced tomatoes and roll up.

     

    For more tasty lunch ideas, check out Lunch on the Go.

    Lunch on the Go

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  • Posted on August 3, 2017

    Kids in the Kitchen - Burger recipe

    Stuck for summer holiday activities? Why not teach them to cook? It’s practical, educational and most of all fun! (Plus you’ll have lunch sorted as well!)

    This burger recipe is from Amanda Grant’s book Kids in the Kitchen and is written specifically for children as young as 5 to follow and have a go at. They’ll love getting stuck in mixing and chopping and the finished product is just perfect for a summer lunchtime in the garden.

    Oven-Baked Herby Burgers

    ingredients

    a little olive or vegetable oil

    about 35 g Cheddar cheese

    small handful fresh herbs e.g. parsley, coriander or thyme

    2 spring onions

    1 free-range egg

    500 g good-quality beef mince (don’t buy extra-lean mince otherwise your burger will be too dry)

    8 bread rolls, some lettuce, sliced

    tomatoes and tomato ketchup

    equipment

    pastry brush - baking tray - table knife - chopping board - scissors - mixing bowl - small bowl - spoon - fork - palette knife - oven gloves

    skills

    _ chopping with table knife

    _ using scissors

    _ cracking eggs

    _ counting

    _ dividing

    _ shaping

    _ using oven

     

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    1. Turn the oven on to 190°C (375°F) Gas 5. Dip a pastry brush into a little olive or vegetable oil and brush it all over a baking tray. This will stop the burgers from sticking to the tray.

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    2. Using a table knife, cut the cheese into small pieces on a chopping board.

    kids in the kitchen

    3. Using scissors, snip the herb into small pieces and put into a mixing bowl. Still using scissors, snip the ends off the spring onions and throw away, then snip the onions into tiny pieces and put in the bowl.

    kids in the kitchen

    4. Now you need to crack open the egg: hold it in one hand and carefully use a table knife to crack the egg in the middle. Put your thumbs into the crack and pull the egg shell apart. Let the egg fall into a small bowl. Fish out any egg shell with a spoon. Mix with a fork.

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    5. Put the beef mince, chopped cheese and egg into the bowl with the herbs and onions and mix everything together really well with your hands.

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    6. Break the beef mixture in half and then break each piece in half again to make 4 pieces (quarters). Now break each quarter in half again to make 8 pieces (eighths). Roll each piece into a ball with your hands, then put onto the oiled baking tray and flatten into a burger shape. Do the same with all the  pieces. Now, WASH YOUR HANDS – you must always wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat. Ask an adult to help you put the tray into the oven using oven gloves. Cook for 8 minutes. Ask an adult to help you take the tray out of the oven using oven gloves. Using a palette knife, turn the burgers over and put back in the oven for 8 more minutes or until cooked in the middle. Eat in bread rolls with lettuce, tomatoes and ketchup.

    Tip:  To make lamb burgers, swap the beef for lamb and add thyme leaves, plus snipped dried apricots instead of Cheddar cheese.

     

     To see more recipes from Kids in the Kitchen, check out our Youtube Videos...

    ...or check out the book Kids in the Kitchen by Amanda Grant.

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  • Posted on March 7, 2017

    Win a Hotpoint Microwave and 'Miracle Mug Cakes and other Cheat's Bakes'

    In celebration of the brilliant new baking book by Suzy Pelta, Miracle Mug Cakes and other Cheat's Bakes, we've teamed up with our friends at Hotpoint to offer you a piping hot prize!

    Miracle Mug Cakes and other Cheat's Bakes Hotpoint Microwave

    For your chance to win this gorgeous Hotpoint Ultimate Collection microwave and a signed copy of Suzy's book, simply enter your name and email below before Tuesday 14th March. This is the perfect prize for anyone who enjoys tasty treats but loves recipes that can be whipped up in no time!

    Double Choc Brownie Mug Cake

    One lucky winner will be selected at random to win both items. More details about the microwave and Suzy's book below. Good luck!

    ABOUT THE MICROWAVE

    The Hotpoint Ultimate Collection MWH 33343B combination microwave performs like a best-in-class oven for supreme cooking in your home. Boasting Hotpoint's Multiwave Technology, the Ultimate Microwave boasts two emission plates that guarantee full heat distribution for quick, evenly cooked food.The microwave also includes Dynamic Technology so you can crisp or steam meals at the touch of a button. There's even a hot fan-aired cooking option for Sunday roasts.

    Hotpoint Microwave open Hotpoint Microwave side view

    The Hotpoint Ultimate Microwave makes the most of your kitchen space with a vertical opening door, offering additional practicality in your home.For a complete, high quality solution to microwaveable cooking, the Hotpoint MWH33343B is the perfect choice.

     

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Indulge your inner child (or your actual children) with these 28 recipes for mug cakes and cheat's bakes. The book includes recipes for Nutella and Peanut Butter, Crushed-up Cookie, and Hidden Oreo mug cakes so there's plenty to delight little ones; while the Boozy Strawberry Center, After Dinner Mint and Café Latte mug cakes put a sophisticated twist on these simple bakes, making them perfect dinner party desserts!

    Miracle Mug Cakes Signed Copy

    Suzy guides you through with plenty of handy tips and tricks and has included ideas for fridge cakes, ice cream sandwiches, garbage cookies and other cheat's bakes too. Whatever sweet treat your craving and whatever the occasion, you will be able to whip something up in a matter of minutes - making this the ultimate quick baking book for sugar lovers everywhere! Find out more here

     

    Suzy Pelta Logo   Hotpoint logo Black - container

    Huge thanks to Suzy Pelta and Hotpoint for teaming up with us on this fantastic prize!


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  • Posted on July 21, 2016

    Summer Holiday Baking

    Now that the summer holidays are finally here, we’re sure you’re looking for fun things to keep your kids occupied and our book My First Cupcake Decorating Book is packed with loads of ideas. Flicking through, we reached this particular recipe and were immediately transported to school holiday baking of our youth and we knew we had to share it! If butterfly cakes don’t take your fancy, how about these super fun Ice Cream cupcakes or Cheeky Monkey cupcakes which we shared with our MAKE youtube channel earlier this year?

    Butterfly Cakes

    A butterfly surprise! A slice of cake forms the butterfly wings and they hide a layer of gorgeous buttercream frosting.

    You will need:

    Vanilla cupcakes

    ¾ cup (175 g) unsalted butter, softened

    1 cup (175 g) superfine (caster) sugar

    3 eggs

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1¾ cup (175 g) all-purpose (plain) flour

    3 teaspoons baking powder

    3 tablespoons milk

    Buttercream frosting

    1 stick (125 g) butter, softened

    1 tablespoon milk

    3 cups (375 g) confectioner’s (icing) sugar

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    sprinkles

    12-hole muffin pan, lined with paper cupcake cases

    Makes 12

    Ask an adult to turn the oven on to 350ºF (180ºC) Gas 4. Line the muffin pan with paper cupcake cases.

    Put the soft butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until the butter is soft, creamy, and pale (if an adult is helping, you could use an electric beater).

    Break the eggs into a small bowl. Beat the eggs with a fork until the yolks have broken up and the mixture is bit frothy.

    Add a little egg to the creamed butter mixture and beat with the wooden spoon until the egg is all blended in.

    Then add a little more egg and beat again. Add a small sprinkle of flour if the mixture looks as though it is starting to separate (becoming bitty rather than smooth). Keep adding the egg until it is all used up and scrape any mixture down from the sides with a spatula.

    Add the vanilla extract and stir it into the mixture.

    Sift the flour and baking powder together into a separate bowl.

    Add the flour to the mixture in two halves. Fold the first half gently into the mixture with a big metal spoon. Don’t beat or over-stir it—gentle folding traps air into the mixture and will make the cakes lovely and light. When this is mixed in, add the second half and do the same.

    Carefully spoon the cake mixture into the paper cases in the muffin pan. Put the same amount into each one, so they are about two-thirds full.

    Ask an adult to help you put the cakes in the oven and bake them for 15–20 minutes until they are risen and golden and the cakes are springy to touch.

    Ask an adult to help you take the pan out of the oven and let it cool a little. Then lift out the cakes and put them on a wire rack to cool down. While the cakes are cooling, make your buttercream frosting.

    Put the butter in a mixing bowl. Add the milk.

    Measure the confectioner’s (icing) sugar into another bowl. Place a strainer (sieve) over the butter bowl and sift a little of the sugar into the bowl.

    Remove the sieve and beat the mixture together. Then sift in a little more sugar and beat again. Keep going until all the sugar has been mixed in and the frosting is light, fluffy, and smooth.

    Add the vanilla extract and stir it in evenly. If you would like to color your frosting, add a little food coloring paste or a couple of drops of liquid food coloring to the mix and stir it in well to get an even color.

    When the cakes are cool, slice a small disc off the top of each (just the top point—don’t cut right to the edge of the cake). Cut this disc in half and put the halves to one side.

    Cover the circle you have left on the cake with a blob of buttercream frosting.

    Push the two halves of cake into the frosting to form the wings of a butterfly. Decorate with sprinkles.

    Eat!

    My First Cupcake Decorating Book is available here. Don’t miss a video by subscribing to MAKE on Youtube here!

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  • Posted on June 15, 2016

    Memory Jars for Fathers' Day

    Giving a homemade gift makes the experience extra special (not to mention a homemade card – try this one!) and with Fathers’ Day just around the corner, we’ve got a lovely project for children (of all ages!) to make for their dads. In Hester Van Overbeek’s latest book Crafting With Mason Jars she suggests this sweet way of displaying your favourite holiday snaps and memories, and we think it would be a lovely gift for Dad this weekend. Perhaps you have a little trinket that means something special to both of you? Or a memento of a trip you took together? Alternatively, find a lovely picture of you and your father, and fill the base of the jar with something that reminds you of him, such as the coffee beans Hester suggests. A super simple idea with endless possibilities!

    Memories In A Jar

    Instead of displaying your favorite snaps in photo frames, pop them in a jar! Did you go on a beach vacation? Take some sand, shells, or driftwood back home with you and place these in the bottom of the jar.

    Did you go on a city escape? Why not fill the base of the jar with coffee beans from your favorite espresso bar and pick up some small trinkets or save tickets to decorate the jar with.

    Crafting With Mason Jars by Hester van Overbeek is available here.

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  • Posted on June 5, 2016

    Into the woods for World Environment Day

    When access to screens and technology is so easy for adults and children alike, it’s important to encourage engagement with the world around us, and never more so than on World Environment Day. That’s where Fiona Bird’s brilliant (if we do say so ourselves…) new book comes in; Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside is jam-packed with ideas for fun activities and creative ideas for helping children discover the great outdoors. It’s very easy too – in this section, Fiona suggests some ways to enjoy time spent amongst trees and woodland. So, in honour of World Environment Day, switch off that screen, head outdoors, and have some fun outside!

    Into the Woods

    Woods are among the finest natural places to play or find a secret thinking spot. On sunny days, the light flickers and dances through the trees and the leaf canopy is there to protect you if it rains. Sometimes you may not even notice that it’s raining. You can explore or play hide-and-seek or tree tag. If you look up, you can spy on squirrels scampering through the trees, while if you look down you can see carpets of winter snowdrops or spring bluebells and white wood sorrel. If you’re hungry, you can search for tiny snacks that change with the season—summer brings bilberries and woodland strawberries, while with careful I.D. in the fall (autumn), you can go on a mushroom foray. You might also like to build a woodland den, create a miniature house or garden, go on a woodland bug hunt, or simply play a game of conkers.

    What Is A Tree?

    Stand beneath a tree and look up. You’ll see an amazing spreading crown of branches and leaves that provides shade for the roots. The branches support the leaves and give the tree its distinctive shape. Tree trunks have evolved to allow trees to tower high above smaller plants so that their leaves can harness energy from the sun to make food, a process known as photosynthesis. The underground root system is big because it has to support the tree and also collect water and nutrients from the soil. Root and trunk sizes vary between tree species. As a tree grows, so does its trunk, and this causes the bark to expand. This expansion cracks the bark and helps us to identify different species, as well as young and old trees.

    Go on a Leaf Hunt

    When exploring the woods, see how many different leaves you can spot. Here are some tips for identifying the leaves you’ve found:

    Touch a leaf and feel its texture—is it glossy, rough, smooth, hairy, or downy?

    In season, the flowers and fruits (or nuts, which are fruits in a hard case) will also help you to name the tree.

    Have a go at BioBlitzing; perhaps you could count the number of tree species in a given area. Blitzing sounds a little destructive—which naturalists aren’t. Remember to only leave behind your own footprints.

    A pocket tree guide or phone app will help confirm a tree’s I.D.

    Finding needles in the woods

    Telling pines, firs, and spruces apart is all about I.D., which takes practice. Here are some helpful needle facts:

    Pine trees have bundles of needles in twos to fives. The size may vary, but if a tree has a pack of needles (more than one needle), then it is a pine tree. Spruce and fir needles don’t grow in bundles.

    Check out the needle—if it has sides, rather than being round or flat, then it’s a spruce. A fir needle is flat and won’t roll.

    Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside by Fiona Bird is available here.


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  • Posted on April 20, 2016

    Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...

    Author Fiona Bird was on BBC Radio 4 Midweek today talking to Libby Purves about her latest book Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside, life on South Uist and seaweed, and it was a fascinating chat; you can catch up here. Fiona is hugely knowledgeable about seaweed and the many things you can use it for (she even dropped off some seaweed shortbread at the office!) so we thought we’d share some of the seaweed-y wisdom to be found in this amazing book, along with a super easy craft project. Over to Fiona…

    Seaweed and its amazing uses

    Macroalgae is a really useful weed. You can pop seaweed in the bath, cook with it, or use it in craftwork. Plan a visit to a herbarium, where you will be able to see beautifully preserved plants and seaweeds—our ocean flowers—and find out the best ways to preserve a seaweed’s shape and color.

    Collecting, Drying, And Storing

    If you are not planning to use your seaweed fresh from the seashore, then it can easily be dried and stored for using in recipes or other projects later on.

    Collecting Seaweed

    There are a few rules to bear in mind when collecting seaweed from the seashore for use at home:

    Don’t pick storm-cast seaweed for cooking; only use seaweed that is growing.

    Do use a pair of scissors to cut seaweeds from their holdfasts at low tide on a clean beach. (Remember to take scissors with you when you visit the beach.)

    Don’t cook with floating seaweed or seaweed that grows at the top of the shore near drains. Sea lettuce and sea grass like growing here—instead, pick these seaweeds from rock pools at low tide.

    Do wash the seaweed in the sea so that any hidden “visitors” can find a new home locally. You should also rinse the seaweed in cold water when you get home.

    Do use a separate bag for each type collected, as this will make it easier to sort out your seaweeds when you get home.

    Drying Seaweed When you get home, wash the seaweed thoroughly. Rinse it in   cold water and squeeze out as much of the water as possible. A salad spinner is helpful here—spin the seaweed around, just as you would if preparing salad leaves.

    Next dry the seaweed. Lay the pieces of seaweed on a tray lined with newspaper or some paper towel—making sure that they aren’t touching—and leave to dry on a sunny windowsill. You could also pop the tray in a warm airing cupboard. On a sunny day, you can dry larger seaweeds such as sugar kelp by pegging them on a washing line. You can also dry seaweed on trays in a low oven or even in a food dehydrator if you have one. Some people dry seaweed in a hot oven, but you must be eagle-eyed if you do this and make sure that the seaweed does not burn.

    Storing Seaweed When you have dried the seaweed, cut it into manageable lengths or grind it in a food-blender. It is easier to grind a little at a time, pop it in an airtight container, and then repeat the process until you have used up all of the seaweed. Shake the containers when you remember and use the dried seaweed as a flavoring, just as you would herbs or spices.

    No-sew Seaweed Bath Sacks

    These easy-to-make bags make a lovely seaside vacation memory or gift. Younger children can practice knots as they tie the sacks. Soak the bath sack in your bath water for 5 minutes before you use it, unless, of course, you want to spend a long time in the bath. As the seaweed rehydrates, it releases a gel that has skin-softening properties.

    WHAT TO USE

    4 Dried seaweed, cut or broken by hand into short lengths

    4 Jelly bag, pop sock, or a leg of pantyhose (tights), cut below the knee

    4 Ribbon, for tying (optional)

    WHAT TO DO

    Stuff the dried seaweed into the jelly bag, pop sock, or section of pantyhose and then tie a knot (and a ribbon, if using) tightly at the top to make a sack. You can use colored or patterned pop socks or pantyhose if you wish to make your bath sacks look really pretty.

    Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside by Fiona Bird is available here.


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  • Posted on March 1, 2016

    Flowers that last forever

    We’re all about the homemade gift here at CICO Books Towers, and with Mothers’ Day just around the corner (for those of you in the UK at least), we thought it was time we shared some ideas. These lovely tissue paper flowers are taken from our new book Let’s Get Crafty with Paper & Glue which is part of a new series aimed at introducing even the littlest children to crafty fun! With just some lovely brightly coloured tissue paper, and pipe cleaners, you can make a bunch of flowers for Mum that will last forever!

    Tissue-paper flowers

    Delicate and pretty, these delightful tissue-paper blooms make lovely gifts when bunched up into a colorful bouquet. Look out for multicolored packs of tissue paper in art stores, or collect leftover pieces from presents and packaging to have on hand when you need to say it with flowers.

    What you will need

    Sheets of tissue paper in different colors

    Scissors

    Ruler

    Pipe cleaners

    Twigs

    1. Layer tissue paper: measure and cut 10 pieces of different colored tissue paper, 9½ x 12in (24 x 30cm). Lay them on top of each other.

    2. First crease: fold all the layers of paper over together by about 1.in (3cm) and make a crease.

    3. Make a concertina: continue to fold the tissue paper until the whole thing resembles a concertina.

    4. Shape the strip: cut both ends of the strip into either a curved petal shape or snip it into thin strips using scissors.

    5. Wrap the layers: take a long pipe cleaner, fold it in half, and twist it around the middle of the paper strips.

    6. Make petals: carefully pull each layer of paper out to form the petals.

    7. Attach to twig: twist the pipe cleaner onto the end of a twig. Add a leaf shape if you like.

    Let’s Get Crafty with Paper & Glue is available here. We have also published Let’s Get Crafty with Fabric & Felt, available here.

       

    For more Mothers’ Day gift inspiration, check out our Spring Flower Pot, Felt Tulips and Origami gift box video tutorials.


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  • Posted on December 5, 2015

    Christmas Stocking Cards

    The festive spirit has well and truly kicked in at RPS and CICO Book Towers and we’ve got a new Jen and Polly MAKE… video tutorial to prove it! This weekend is the perfect time to start making cards with the kids and we just love this one! Click the image to take you to the video, and the instructions are below. Happy making!

    Christmas Stocking Cards

    Give a Christmas stocking with a difference. These cards will add festive cheer to any mantelpiece. Using a traditional Christmas color scheme of red and white, they make the perfect card for a child but will be equally loved by adults, too. Use store-bought giftwrap papers or decorate plain red and white card with adhesive stickers. The addition of ribbon and braid finishes the cards off beautifully.

    Materials

    Stocking template (download here)

    Pencil

    Scissors

    Thin red and white card

    Red and white circular stickers

    Red and white patterned giftwrap

    Glue stick

    Red crepe paper

    Sewing needle and red thread

    Fast-drying, high-tack craft glue

    Selection of buttons, braids and ribbons

    Rotary hole punch

    Print the stocking template (download here). Using the template, draw and cut out stocking shapes from the white and red card.

    For the spotted stockings, stick circular stickers randomly all over one side of the card stocking. Alternatively, draw around the template onto patterned paper and cut out. Glue this onto a plain card stocking with glue stick.

    Decorate the tops of the stockings with lengths of ribbon and braid, adding a ribbon bow or buttons if desired.

    Using the hole punch, make a hole in the top corner of the stocking. Cut a 6-in. (15-cm) length of thin red ribbon and thread it through the hole. Tie a neat knot in the ribbon and trim the ends to even them.

    Give the card to your friend!

    Alternatively, for the ruffle stockings, cut a 12 x 1-in. (30.5 x 2.5-cm) strip of crepe paper. Stitch along one long edge, securing the thread with a knot at the start. Pleat the paper as you go by gathering it until it measures 4⅜ in. (11 cm). Finish with a few stitches or a knot.

    Cut out a cuff from either red or white card (the opposite color to the main stocking). Apply craft glue along the bottom of the cuff and glue the crepe paper ruffle along this, if using.

    Glue the cuff onto the stocking.

    This project is adapted from Hand-Crafted Cards which is available here. For more festive inspiration, check out our new Christmas Pinterest board!


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  • Posted on December 4, 2015

    Recipe for the Weekend

    It’s National Cookie Day AND we’re getting excited about Christmas so we’ve got a Christmassy cookie recipe for you, taken from Liz Franklin’s The Cookie Jar. This recipe tastes great and looks worthy of the Showstopper challenge on Great British Bake Off! Happy Baking!

    Christmas Tree Stack

    A lovely stack of crisp, buttery cookies, made to look like an elegant Christmas tree is a very special thing to make for Christmas. You can buy individual star cookie cutters in descending sizes, or search out the kits that are especially made for the purpose. These usually include about 10 cookie cutters from very large for the base, to very tiny ones for the top.

    120 g/1 stick butter

    120 g/⅔ cup caster/granulated sugar

    180 g/1⅓ cups plain/all-purpose flour

    1 egg, separated

    500 g/16 oz. white ready-to-roll fondant icing (or use green coloured if preferred)

    50 g/¼ cup apricot jam/jelly, strained

    50 g/1/2 cup icing/confectioners’ sugar

    Caster/superfine sugar, for dusting

    Star-shaped cookie cutters in various sizes

    2 baking sheets lined with baking parchment

    MAKES 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Put the butter, sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl. Rub together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, and then add the egg yolk. Bring everything together to form a smooth dough.

    On a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 4 mm/1/8 in. thick. Cut out star shapes in descending sizes. Bring the trimmed dough together and roll out again to cut as many cookies out of the dough as possible. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheets, with the larger cookies on one sheet and the smaller cookies on another.

    Bake the larger cookies in the preheated oven for 8–10 minutes, and the smaller for 4–8 minutes, until golden and firm.

    Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes or so, before transferring to a wire rack until completely cold.

    Roll out the fondant icing and cut into stars using the cookie cutters, so that you have fondant stars that correspond in size to the cookies.

    Brush the cold cookies with apricot jam/jelly (heat it up a little in a saucepan set over a low heat if the jam/jelly is too thick to brush) and place the matching fondant star on top. Push gently to secure, taking care not to break the cookies. Stack the cookies on top of each other, starting with the largest cookie at the base. Mix the icing/confectioners’ sugar with enough water to create a thick icing and decorate the finished tree with sweets and silver balls, using the icing to secure them.

    The Cookie Jar by Liz Franklin is available here.

    If you’re looking for more Christmas food inspiration, check out our new Christmas Pinterest board now!


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