Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Party Rings!

Some of you may be aware that my friend Katie likes a party ring now and then (see party ring cake I made for her birthday last year).

So yes, I primarily made this cake because some time ago Party Rings started containing gelatin, I thought Katie was aware of this, so made her a party ring cake to try and make up for the fact she can't eat the biscuits (also because I wanted to do feathered icing).

Unbeknown to me, she didn't realise party rings were full of animal, and this shocking truth was revealed to her at my birthday shenanigans this year (party rings are of course an ultimate party snack!).

So to make her feel a little better, I went one further this year and made her some Veggie party ring biscuits she could scoff down without any guilt!
To make the biscuits I used a rich tea biscuit recipe, here's how;
for one batch you will need:

-4oz/100g plain flour
-1/2 tbsp baking powder
-1 1/2 oz/30g caster sugar
-pinch of slat
-3oz/75g unsalted butter cubed
-a little milk

Pre heat the oven to Gas mark 5/ 190 c, grease a baking tray.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl then rub in the butter until you have the consistency of breadcrumbs.
Add a touch of milk and mix until you have a firm dough.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, roll out quite thin, around 2mm. Cut out ring shapes and mark faint lines on the top.

Bake for 8-10 mins, leave to cool.

To make the icing put a few tbsp of icing sugar in a bowl and add warm water a little at a time until the consistency of thick glue.
Put into separate bowls to add food colouring.

To feather the icing:
Spread the base colour over the top of the cooled biscuit, then take a teaspoon and dip in the top icing layer, dribble across the biscuit quickly to make thin lines and using a cocktail stick drag these lines vertically.

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