Thursday, March 25, 2010

My house smells of warm spices, cinnamon and ginger

The big girl asked me to bake Belgium biscuits for the shared feast at her school autum festival tomorrow.

They smell so wonderful, and the wee one is asleep so i thought i might share the recipe with you. A girlfriend shared it with me, and i think a friend shared it with her so i have no idea who wrote it down first (or how much it has chaged from the original version - i added more spices, couldn't help myself and we used a rabbit cutter because it is nearly Easter and it is very cute)

So..Belgium biscuits

125g butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice

about 1/2 -3/4 cup sifted icing sugar
lemon juice (enough to make icing consistency)
raspberry jam
few tbs pink sugar (make by adding a drop of food grade colouring to granular sugar)

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well. Sift the dry ingredients and mix into creamed mixture to make a firm dough.
On a lightly floured board/bench/surface roll out the dough to about 3mm thickness. Cut rounds using a 6.5cm biscuit cutter. Place on oven trays lined with baking paper and bake at 180 degrees C for 15mins or until golden.
When cold, spread raspberry jam on half the biscuits. Place the other half on top and ice. Before the icing sets, sprinkle with the coloured sugar.


The Mama. said...

Oh yummy! You are so clever! I will have to try that recipe though - I've only ever had shop bought Belgium cookies. I bet these are so much better...

S said...

We love the icing the best.. ooh and the little blast of raspberry sweetness and all that spice.. should have made a double batch. Think i actually made these ones a little thick.