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Wednesday 19 December 2012

Christmas Tradition: Honey Biscuits

Every year in the lead up to Christmas my Mum bakes honey biscuits. They've become one of my family's Christmas traditions, taking the place of gingerbread.

In keeping with tradition, making honey biscuits was one of the Christmas activities in Ava and Lola's advent calendar; the most delicious activity in the advent calendar!

Honey Biscuits

Honey biscuits are a little softer than gingerbread and even more delicious. I'm yet to meet someone who doesn't love them - and my mum gives them out to everyone!  

Yesterday the girls and I made our honey biscuits for Christmas. We'll share them with friends and Ava's classmates and I'm sure we'll eat many of them ourselves!

Mmm... Christmas trees

Lola takes a bite

I made the mixture in advance on Monday night as it needs to be left in the fridge for at least a few hours, ideally over night. We then got to the fun part after school yesterday - rolling and cutting out the shapes. In keeping with the Christmas theme we made snow flakes, stars, gingerbread men, Christmas trees and candy canes. As we made so many biscuits we covered them with sprinkles prior to baking rather than icing them. Much, much fast and easier for my little helpers (and me!).

Lola rolls the dough

Lola "cuts out" some shapes - she really just smooshed the dough and made patterns with the cookie cutters!

Lola making patterns in the dough

Can you guess which ones I made and which ones Lola tried to make?

Ava cuts out a snow flake

Snow flakes ready to bake

Mmm... freshly bakes biscuits

Thinking you might like to make some honey biscuits yourself? Yes? Of course you are! Well, here's the recipe. Get baking!

4 oz Butter
1 cup hot water

1 kg Honey
4 Eggs
4 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
1 kg sugar
2 kg plain flour
4 tsp bi-carb soda

Note: This recipe makes a HUGE amount of biscuits. I usually halve the recipe.

Over a low heat melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the sugar and honey. Stir until the honey has melted and the sugar has dissolved. 
Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time. 

In a separate mixing bowl sift the flour, and mix in cinnamon, ginger and salt. 
Add the melted butter, honey, sugar and egg mix to the flour mix and stir through.

In a separate bowl mix the bi-carb soda and hot water. Gradually add to the rest of the mixture and stir through. 

Leave the mixture to stand for a couple of hours in fridge. I usually leave it overnight.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into shapes. 

Glaze with egg yolk and cover with sprinkles. Alternatively you could leave out this step and ice the biscuits once cooled.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a moderate oven (190C / 375F).



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