Red Nose Day is on Friday 13th March and these are the perfect biscuits to make for a bake sale to raise money.
My go to recipe for a simple yet tasty biscuit is from a book called Baking Magic by Kate Shirazi with Susannah Blake. Its the basic butter biscuit recipe and its a very versatile dough.
This will make one batch of biscuit dough. How many biscuits you will get out of this batch, will very much depend on how thick you roll it out, and what size cutters / shapes you are using.
140g Sifted Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg Yolk
375g Plain Flour
For the buttercream
125g Butter Softened
250g Icing Sugar Sifted.
Firstly beat the butter so that it is soft. Add in the sugar to combine until it is light and fluffy. Pour in your egg yolk and vanilla extract and softly beat together. Lastly, add in the flour and mix together. You will then have a dough mix similar to breadcrumbs.
Lightly flour your work surface and pour the dough mixture out.
Start to combine the breadcrumbs until you form a dough. You can then wrap the dough in cling film and pop it into the fridge until you are ready to use it, you can freeze the dough, or as what I do, use it straight away.
Roll out the dough until its about 3mm think. You can then start cutting out your biscuits using what ever shapes / cutters you wish.
I decided to make face double biscuits as I had brought these cutters a while ago and hadn’t used them yet. Once cut out, place on a baking sheet and pop into the oven at 190°C/375°F/ Gas Mark 5 for about 10 minutes until they are a pale golden colour.
Once baked, place on a cooling rack and leave to cool before decorating.
Because I was making a double biscuit, I made some buttercream frosting and piped this on the base biscuit.
To make the buttercream, combine 125g soft butter with 250g sifted icing sugar. You may need to add in a splash of milk in order to get the consistency you require.
Once the filling is on, place the top biscuit on top and squish down slightly, being very careful to not snap the top biscuit. Then get some cherries and using a tiny amount of buttercream, fix onto the biscuit.
And there you have it, some very simple and quick biscuits that are perfect for a Red Nose Day bake sale. Bake these with the kids – they will love the novelty of cutting out shapes of the dough, and then decorating them afterwards – perfect!