There was a hint of spring in the air yesterday and it called for a bit of Easter baking – some Spring Biscuits to celebrate those first warm rays, the blossom unfolding, the lambs gambolling and all that sap rising!
I had such fun making these for when the kids got home, I’m no expert icer as you can see but a little bit of basic splurging, scraping and dotting did the trick and I’m very pleased with them! I love this little set of chicks and the little sibling trying to keep up with them – just like my lot!
And here are two of them having a little chat – I think the one on the right is saying ‘Will you get a wriggle on? You look ridiculous with your feet sticking out like that!’
Meanwhile, over head, a butterfly is meandering on by.
And, in the field, a lamb is getting acquainted with the local bunny population.
I adapted the recipe for Nigella Lawson’s Butter Cut Out Biscuits which always reliably hold their shape – you really don’t want a spreading bunny or a featureless lamb emerging from the oven! I wanted lemon biscuits so I replaced vanilla extract with lemon extract for a zingy, springy bake.
This quantity makes a lot of biscuits – you can use half the dough and freeze the rest for another day if you don’t want biscuits coming out of your ears! If you have too many biscuits to fit on your trays, bake them in batches.
- 175g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g golden caster sugar
- 2 free range eggs
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 200g icing sugar
- 2 tbsps freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Vegetarian food colourings (I used yellow, orange and red)
- 5 chocolate drops
- Baking Sheets
- Rolling Pin
- Biscuit cutters
- Preheat your oven to 180C and grease two baking sheets
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
- Carefully beat in the eggs and lemon extract, a little at a time, beating well between additions
- Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt
- Pull the dough together with your hands to make a ball - if it is very sticky add a little more flour but go easy
- Divide the dough into two and shape into discs
- Wrap in plastic wrap and leave to rest in the fridge for an hour
- Roll the dough out on a flour dusted board until it is about ½cm thick
- Cut out your biscuit shapes, place on your prepared baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown - don't let those little lamb toes burn!
- Leave to cool completely on a wire rack
- Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the lemon juice, you want a thick paste which will stay on the biscuits but is viscous enough to spread into all those tricky bits. If you need to add more liquid do so very slowly, drop by drop.
- Divide your icing into 4 bowls (you'll need more white than the other colours), add food colouring sparingly until you achieve the tone you like - I'm a pastels girl.
- I iced with the white icing first and let it set before adding other colours.
- The features were added using a cocktail stick and a little bit of melted chocolate.
I was rather pleased that my Spring flowers looked a bit like fried eggs!
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For more Easter Baking and some simple crafts you might like this post too!