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How to Bake Modern Watercolour Tree Biscuits

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget < £10
Time 1/2 day +

Bake these modern biscuits and let your creative side shine with abstract edible paint mark making! A simple and super fun bake.

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How to make



200g/8oz softened butter

150g/6oz caster sugar

2 egg yolks

400g/14oz plain flour

1 level tsp mixed spice

1 level tsp ground cinnamon

Grated zest of 1 orange

2-4 tbsp milk

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line 2 baking trays with non-stick paper.

Step 2

Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk. Sieve in the flour and spices, add the orange zest and add in enough milk to make a fairly soft dough.

Step 3

Roll out the dough approximately 5mm thick on a floured surface and cut out tree shapes with the cutter.

Step 4

Bake for 15 minutes or until the biscuits are a pale-golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Step 5

Roll out the white icing approximately 3mm thick on a surface dusted with icing sugar. Cut out the same number of tree shapes as you have of biscuits. Paint the back of each icing tree with a little cooled boiled water or edible glue and affix to the tree biscuits. Leave the icing to dry for a couple of hours.

Step 6

Decorate your biscuits with a variety of different gel food colours. Squeeze a little of each gel colour on a large plate and use a clear alcohol such as vodka to dilute the colour to make a washy paint like a watercolour.

Step 7

Use a wide, flat brush to add brushstrokes of colour to your biscuits or experiment with different sized brushes.

Step 8

A clean, new toothbrush is great for flicking colour onto your painted designs – drag your finger or thumb over the bristles for a fine speckled effect.

Step 9

Mix gold lustre powder with a little vodka to make a paint and use a small paintbrush to flick the colour onto the icing for golden highlights.

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