Star-shaped bakes to brighten up your day.
Take time out to indulge yourself with Hannah Miles’ melt-in-the-mouth biscuits
INGREDIENTS Makes approx. 30 biscuits 125g (5oz) butter 80g (3oz) caster sugar 1 egg 200g (8oz) plain flour Coloured crystal sugar Grated zest of a lemon 1 tsp vanilla extract
Baking sheets Baking parchment Various-sized star cutters Cling film Cooling racks Say goodbye to hurriedly-grabbed lattes and master the Swedish art of fika instead. All about making time in your day to enjoy a coffee with friends, a long natter and home-baked goodies, this custom is actually mandatory in some Swedish workplaces, and is definitely a concept we can get on board with.
Bake these star biscuits for your fika, or wrap in baking parchment and give to your friends and family as thoughtful Christmas gifts.
01 Make sure the butter is softened, then whisk with the sugar until light and creamy. Beat the egg, then whisk in the butter and sugar. Sift in the flour and mix until it reaches a soft dough consistency, then add in the lemon zest and vanilla. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
02 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. On a flour-dusted surface, roll out the dough to a 0.5cm ( ") thickness. Cut out a selection of star shapes – we used nine cutters in a range of sizes – and place on baking parchment, on the baking sheets. Place the smaller stars on one baking sheet and the large stars on another, as the smaller ones will cook quicker.
03 Sprinkle each star with coloured sugar and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool, then arrange in stacks, with the largest biscuits at the bottom. If you want to secure them together, add a small dot of icing in between each biscuit.