Iced Gems

Tiny Royal Iced Gem Biscuits, fiddly but delicious

icedgemslarge Iced GemsIngredients:
200g plain flour
100g hard butter
100g caster sugar
1 egg
½ tablespoon golden syrup
500g powdered royal icing
food colouring

  1. Place the flour and butter in a bowl, cut the butter into small pieces with a round bladed knife and rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir in the sugar and add the egg and syrup, mix to a dough, wrap in baking parchment or clingfilm and chill in the fridge for an hour for the dough to firm up.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4.  Roll out the dough between two sheets of lightly floured baking parchment until it’s around 5mm thick.  Use a round cutter, 1.5-2cm diameter or the base of a piping nozzle, to cut lots of discs of dough out.  Transfer to a greased baking tray and bake these for 10-15 minutes until they are golden brown.
  4. Mix royal icing to stiff peak as per the instructions on the packet, use food colourings to colour the icing into different colours.  Attach a nozzle to the piping bag, fill the bag with royal icing and pipe the icing onto the tops of the iced gems, leave overnight to firm up.

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