Valentine’s Day Biscuits

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Chocolates, cupcakes and red roses are so last year; the iced biscuit is where it’s at. I mean, who wouldn’t love one of these little guys as a gift? They are just so damn cute.

Maybe I am biased; I will be the first to admit that I am a bit of a whale fanatic. You may have noticed my whale measuring cups and plate making an appearance in many of my blog photos.

Aside from the fact I love whales, I was inspired to make these biscuits after re reading my post on the ‘Fruity Iced Biscuits’ that I made back in September. It reminded me of how frustrated I was that I had used such runny icing and I actually wrote that next time I would, ‘make my icing less runny and invest in some very thin piping nozzles for piping the outline of the biscuits’. So that is what I did.

I have to say that I am much happier with the result of these ones, as I think they have a much cleaner finish and hopefully my next batch after this will look even better. Trial, error and seeing your skills improve is one of the things I love about baking.

Anyway it is safe to say that I had a WHALE of a time making these little guys (sorry I couldn’t help myself). Also, the great thing about using the tags is that you can personalise them to include a name, i.e. ‘Tom Hardy WHALE you be my Valentine?’ ‘Jake Gyllenhaal WHALE you be my Valentine?’ ‘Jamie Dornan WHALE YOU…’ I think you get the idea.

Makes: 20 Biscuits

Prep Time: 30 mins to make the biscuits. Up to 3 hours to decorate including icing setting time.

Ingredients:

For the Biscuits:

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220g Salted Butter, softened

200g Caster Sugar

Half tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Large Egg

425g Plain Flour

For the Icing:

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15g Egg White Powder

500g Icing Sugar

90 ml Water

Two different shades of blue food colouring

Extras: Ribbon and Brown Tags

Method:

1.Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350 F/ Gas Mark 6.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar.

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3. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and beat well.

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4. Add the flour and work together in to a dough.

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5. Lightly flour the work surface and gently knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable. Add more flour if you think it feels too sticky.

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6. Roll out your dough with a rolling pin and then cut out your biscuits with your chosen cutter or template and transfer to a lined baking tray. To make my paper templates I just roughly copied a whale shape I found online and then cut around it.

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7. Bake in the oven for 8- 10 minutes until the edges are lightly golden brown.

8. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. PLEASE NOTE- You may notice the holes in the biscuits in picture below- My original plan was to tie the tags through holes in the whale’s bodies, however in the end I decided just to tie them around their tails instead.

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9. To make the icing: Mix the egg white powder and water together and then gradually add the icing sugar bit by bit.

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10. After you have done this you are going to need to divide the icing up into 3 parts.

1 QUARTER of the icing needs to be dyed a light blue colour and will be used for the outline of the whale’s body

THE OTHER QUARTER needs to be dyed a light blue and will be used later to do the whale’s features.

THE REMAINING HALF needs to be dyed a medium blue and have a little bit of water added to it to make it runny- this will be used to fill the centre of the whale’s body.

You can do this by distributing it in to 3 separate bowls and then colouring and mixing each one by hand.

11. Once you have all three bowls of icing ready, place the light blue icing in a piping bag and pipe the outline of the whale on to the biscuits. Leave to set.

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12. You now need to ‘flood’ the inside of the outline with the medium blue coloured icing (Remember you should have added a bit of water to it earlier to make it runny) Place it in a piping bag and then fill in the space- you can use a cocktail stick to get it in to all the little nooks and crannies.

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Leave to set for as long as possible.

13. Once it is dry you can place the dark blue icing in a piping bag and pipe on the mouth, eyes and tail detail.

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14. I then used a cocktail stick and black food dye to add a pupil to the eyes.

15. Tie the tags around the whale’s tail with a piece of ribbon and then you are done!

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