Christmas came to Aberdeen's Pinnies and Petticoats Baking Club at the end of November but I'm only now getting round to sharing. Such is the whirlwind of December. My own creation for our festive meet were Frozen themed Snowflake Iced Biscuits. Elsa? Knock, Knock, Knock. Do you wanna eat a cookie?
These came about as a result of a course that I attended run by Karen McCormack of Sucre Coeur. I'd first met Karen back in 2013 when she created an amazing Gingerbread Village for the Crail Food Festival. I'd been stalking her on social media ever since so was delighted to see that she was offering classes and wasted no time booking myself on to "Decorating Cookies with Royal Icing"
I spent a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the East Neuk learning the basics of biscuit decorating with royal icing. Karen of course made it all look so easy. Plenty of tips and hints shared along the way the first being to wrap the gap between your mixer and bowl with clingfilm to avoid an icing sugar cloud. Secondly to add small amounts of water to the icing with a plant spray bottle. However the absolute genius tip is to use a clippit to seal off the nozzle of a piping bag as you fill it so the contents doesn't immediately come straight out. This is a lifechanger.
All too soon it was our turn. Firstly paper to practice on, then rich tea biscuits before finally moving onto real biscuits. We were able to try out lots of different techniques and colours and get plenty of advice along the way. I was pretty chuffed with what I managed to create by the end of the afternoon and took my pizza box of cookies home with pride.
All very well decorating under Karen's watchful eye but would I be able to create anything worthy of Pinnies and Petticoats. As always we had a fantastic bumper selection of cakes, bakes and other goodies for our Christmas meet.
Stained Glass Ginger Biscuits
Stilton, Parma Ham and Chutney Spindles
Bacon, Brie and Chilli Jam Pinwheels
Goats Cheese & Tomato Pastries
Pigs in Blankets
Savoury Candy Canes
Spinach, Cranberry & Goats Cheese Tartlets
Chocolate covered Stollen
Snowballs with White Chocolate & Coconut
Sour Cherry Amaretti
Gingerbread Swiss Roll
Yule Log with Maple & Pecan
Bourbon & Honeycomb Yule Log
Gingerbread Latte Fudge
Cranberry & Hazelnut Biscotti
Christmas Pudding profiteroles
Candy Cane Marshmallows
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