Monday, 23 December 2013

# 386 Christmas biscuits and Season's Greetings to you all

Wet and windy days are perfect baking days, don't you think?

Later today I'll be making a batch of these lovely Carrot cakes which are a traditional Christmas treat in Portugal and my favourite. Meanwhile while the rain falls heavily and the wind rages outside A. and I spent time decorating these biscuits with lots of icing.

I came across the recipe this morning while catching up on some blog reading, you can find it here in Portuguese or you can use the translated version below to make your own.

Christmas biscuits

100g butter, softened
290g plain flour
225g golden caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon gournd cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients.

In another bowl cream the butter and sugar, add 1 of the eggs and mix until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients to this mixture and mix until you have a smooth dough. Wrap it in clingfilm and keep in the fridge for 1 hour.

Beat the other egg. Lightly dust a work surface with flour, do the same with the rolling pin and roll out the dough. Cut out using any cookie cutters you want, brush the cut out dough with the beaten egg and bake in a pre-heated oven to 180 ÂșC for 5 to 10 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with icing and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year