Halloween is the perfect time to get some more flood icing practice in and after some Easter biscuit decorating earlier in the year, this is continuing with a slightly different style.
If you'd like to know a little more about flood icing and decorating biscuits, I wrote about my experiments here.
What I Used:
Cookies Cutters [I picked mine up from Sainsburys]
Royal Icing and gel colouring [white, orange, green, black]
I love shortbread and for me, these are the perfect biscuits as they hold their shape, are easily made and have a texture perfect for icing [they *tend* to bake flat]! The quantity used depends entirely on the number of biscuits you want to create. To make 8 large biscuits, I used 125g/4oz butter, 180g/6oz plain flour and 55g/2oz caster sugar. Mix in a bowl until fully combined:
For the biscuit shapes, I used a pack that I found in Sainsburys:
Ghost, Bat, Frankenstein and Pumpkin shaped:
The biscuits will start to expand during the bake - if they lose their shape, use the cookie cutters to help trim off the edges and redefine any shape. Ensure this is done whilst the biscuits are still hot, otherwise the crumbly nature of the shortbread will cause it to break and snap.
Leave the biscuits to cool completely and mix up your royal icing with your chosen colours. I use gel icing to reduce the amount of liquid added to the icing base and find that the colours are more vibrant. If you are using lots of colours, I'd recommend making a large batch of plain royal icing to the consistency you like [it needs to be runny, but with a consistency that will allow it to hold in place when piped:
I then moved on to black - outlining and filling the bat:
Next, green - outlining and filling the Frankenstein face and detailing the pumpkin stalk:
Once iced, if you are short of time [or impatient, like me] pop your biscuits in the fridge to fully set.
More Halloween-themed treats?
How about Teacakes? Cupcakes? Apples? Mummified Marshmallows? or Specimen Jars?
see you next time x