03 May, 2016

Party Ring Biscuits

Party Ring Biscuits

Back in December, I wrote a guest post on my friend Jess' blog with my recipe for Party Rings. I realised recently that I haven't shared it over here, which gave me an excuse to try them again!

I love Party Rings, I always have done. When I was growing up I only ever had them at parties or on special occasions so they're always like this fun treat whenever I eat them. But now I can make them myself!!

The great thing about these homemade party rings is that the biscuit is really tasty before you add the royal icing. I remember when I first made them I was surprised at how similar they taste to the real thing, but actually they taste a bit nicer without all the additives that they usually get packed with.

They're also really simple to make and I'd definitely recommend them for a rainy afternoon!

So let's get making!

Ingredients (makes 24-30 cookies)

For the Biscuits
  • 350g Plain Flour 
  • 100g Self Raising Flour 
  • 125g Granulated Sugar 
  • 125g Butter 
  • 125g Golden Syrup 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract 
  • 1 large egg
For the Royal Icing (per batch, two batches needed)
  • 300g Royal Icing Sugar
  • 2-3 tsps of water
  • Food colouring (in your chosen colours)

1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.

2. Sift both flours into a mixing bowl and add the sugar.

3. Add the butter, mixing with your fingertips to create breadcrumbs.

4. Lightly beat an egg and then add it to the mixture with the golden syrup and vanilla extract.

5. Mix well until the mixture has formed a ball.

6. Roll out your mixture to your desired thickness, about 1cm.

7. Using a circle cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can. Then, using a smaller cookie cutter, cut out the small holes in the middle.

8. Put your cookies onto a pre-lined baking tray and bake in the oven for around 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. I always find that when I get these cookies out of the oven, they're always very soft like cake but harden to be a biscuit once they are out.

9. Allow your cookies to cool before icing.

10. To make your royal icing, mix the water with the royal icing sugar. This is a bit of trial and error as at first, you need your icing to be at a toothpaste like consistency, so add a tsp of water at a time until you get to this consistency. Then add food colouring in your desired choice.

11. Using an icing bottle, pipe your icing around the edges of the biscuit and around the hole in the centre. Because your icing is thick, it will create a "wall" to stop the rest of the icing leaking.

12. Once you have lined your biscuits, add 1-2 more tsps of water to your royal icing mixture to make it more runny.

13. Fill in your biscuits in between your outlines, which is called "flooding".

14. Make another batch of royal icing to toothpaste consistency and add another food colouring.

15. Using your icing bottle, pipe lines across the biscuits.

16. Before the icing dries, take a cake tester or knife and gently push the icing upwards from the bottom of the biscuit in a few places to create the well-known pattern.

17. Leave out or put into the fridge to set.

Party Ring Biscuits

And there you have it! Although it looks long and complicated, these biscuits really are simple and are so much fun to make. You can make them in all different colours!

Are you a fan of party rings? Let me know in the comments! And of course if you try these out, I'd love to see them so tweet me @CakeyDreamer or use my hashtag on Instagram #cakeydreamerbakes!

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