Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas biscuits- Bunte Teller


 In the time leading up to Christmas, there is a tradition in Germany, called " Bunte Teller"( colourful plates) because of all the colours- all around the house, there are dishes with biscuits  with other Christmassy things like gilded walnuts, clementines and candy-canes so the smaller and bigger members of the family have something to nibble at .I thought this would be a great time to make some of these biscuits.This is a slight recap of last year but I am sure you will enjoy making these!!                                                             

Theses rustic iced biscuits are also great fun s to hang from your Christmas tree or wreath as decoration- the recipe is at the bottom of this post. It's mainly butter, sugar, eggs and flour and some icing sugar - see the ingredients here below.

After you have made the dough ( accordig to the recipe that will follow), roll out the whole thing with a rolling pin and cut out the biscuits with a start-shaped cookie cutter.

                                                          Here you see the biscuits cut out .
Then bake according to the recipe at the bottom of this page and cool on a metal grid as below.

After the biscuits are cooled down,  ice them ,  put a small whole through them , and thread some string through , so you can hang them up as here below.This is also a very inexpensive way to decorate your Christmas tree, by the way.
Thread the iced biscuits through with cotton string .



                                                 Below the recipe for the Christmas biscuits.

85 gr butter
100 gr caster sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
200 gr flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
300 gr icing sugar

How to make the biscuits:
Pre-heat the oven ( 180 degrees centigrade).Cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the egg and vanilla sugar.Put the flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl, then add to the butter mixture.
Sprinkle out some flour on your kitchen table or worktop and roll out the dough. Butter 2 baking trays.Cut out as many stars as you can with a star-shaped cookie cutter, and place on the trays.

 You will have some dough left : sprinkle some more flour on your worktop , roll the remaining dough again into a ball and repeat the cutting out till you have your two trays full of dough stars.
Bake for about 10 minutes or so- keep an eye out: the bisuits should colour aroun the edges and not get too dark.Take the biscuits out and let them cool on a metal grid.

Let the biscuits cool down.Make the icing by adding a couple of hot water to the icng sugar, so it forms a thick paste.Spread the icing on the bisuits with the back of a teaspoon.

                                             Take a very tiny pointed object ( tip of embroidery scissors will do ) and wriggle this in carefully at the top of your biscuit , all the way through, and make a small hole that way.
Thread some cotton string through this and your biscuit is ready for your wreath.
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While we are nice and warm inside, remember that snow and ice are no fun for the birds.. so put some food out if you can !!

Happy baking !!






Susan S. said...

What a great blog! I'm adding myself as your newest follower. The cookies look great but I'm afraid I'd eat every single one before they got hung on the tree.

Merry CHRISTmas Ya'll from Houston, TX

Mariette said...

Dearest Bea,

What a lovely idea for baking those stars the way you did, for hanging in the tree and of course for eating.
Love to you,