I got asked to do an activity for a training day that I had to attend for one of my jobs. I decided to do a decorating activity because it seemed like the simplest idea. Biscuits seemed like a good item to decorate and an easy item to transport to my training.
Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees/gas mark 2. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Put the sugar; butter; golden syrup and egg into a large mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed for 3 minutes, until there are only small lumps of butter visible, then turn the speed of the mixer up to medium for 1 minute to reduce the size of the butter lumps.
Sift both types of flour and the cocoa powder into the bowl and mix on a low speed for 1 minute, or until combined, then turn the mixer up to medium speed for 30 seconds, or until the dough clings together and the sides of the bowl are clean.
Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface. Divide into two and squash into even flat discs. Cover with cling film and chill or use immediately.
Roll out the dough to an even thickness between two sheets of greaseproof paper and cut out your biscuit shapes. Carefully pick up each biscuit with a palette knife and place onto the lined trays. Space the biscuits out evenly – they will spread a little when baking.
Place the trays into the preheated oven and back for 20 – 30 minutes (check at 20 minutes). When the biscuits are evenly cooked and just beginning to turn a golden colour, remove from the oven and transfer the whole sheet of greaseproof paper to a cooling rack. Do this very carefully, as the biscuits will be fragile and hot. Allow to cool completely before icing.
The activity went down very well and everyone enjoyed the biscuits. The icing used for this biscuits in my activity was just nice plain icing nothing but icing sugar and water. I took some toppings and food colouring as well as some chocolate for them to use to decorate their biscuits.
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