|Chris & I at the Christening|
Well, Emmeline is now thriving and despite being tiny, is a very feisty and determined one year old. My sister wanted to combine the birthday and Christening celebrations and held an Afternoon tea party at her house after the ceremony.
Jumping at the chance to bake, I pondered over what would appeal to both children and adults at the tea party, and deliberating a sweet treat that the guests could pick at. I had decided to recreate a biscuit tin favourite, and settled on the classically British custard cream. I must say, they went down a storm – I barley blinked and they had all disappeared.
I made these butterfly shape to keep in theme of the party, but obviously you can have them the traditional rectangle shape, or indeed any shape you desire!
Apologies for the awful photo quality - I forgot my camera and therefore had to take it on my phone.
175g unsalted butter
55g golden caster sugar
55g icing sugar
300g plain flour
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract
For the filling -
150g icing sugar
3 tbsp custard powder
Pre-heat the oven to 180C
1. Mix together the butter, caster sugar, icing sugar, egg yolks & vanilla with a wooden spoon until all mixed together and creamy.
2. Carefully mix in the flour a little bit at a time, until everything is combined.
3. Dust the worktop with flour and form the mixture into a dough-like ball. Roll it out thinly, and cut into whichever shape you have decided on! If you want the traditional rectangle shape, it may be better to measure it out.
4. Pop on a baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper, and bake for 8-10 mins (make sure you watch them as depending how thin they are, they could need a little less time)
5. To make the filling, mix all the ingredients together (I did this in the food processor) until fluffy, creamy and combined.
6. Spread a dollop of the mixture on to one side of a biscuit, and sandwich together with another biscuit.
7. Dust biscuits with a little sprinkle of icing sugar