There has been a lot of celebrations and happy occassions this month from Christenings to Engagements, to Births and New Jobs. Lots of reasons to be happy and lots of excuses to bake something delicious to celebrate!
Some close friend of ours had their first child this month, a gorgeous little boy called Harry. I had planned on baking some lovely blue iced cupcakes to take around when we first met him but a particularly hectic week meant I just didn't have the time so the standard baby present was bought instead. However, the second time we popped in to see them I decided to bake a few easy biscuits to take round and enjoy with a nice cup of tea.
My shortbread recipe literally could not be easier and I managed to rustle them up in just 30 minutes after work. I rummaged through my cookie cutter drawer and decided to go with little gingerbread men shaped biscuits, they sort of look like little baby boys right?
Little Boy Shortbread
180g plain flour
120g butter, softened (Must be full fat proper butter)
75g caster sugar (plus extra for dusting)
0.5 tsp orange blosson water
Fresh vanilla seeds
Cream the butter, sugar vanilla and orange blossom together for 3-5 minutes until light and creamy. Then gradually add the sifted flour until a dough forms. It might be quite crumble but wrap it in some clingfilm and refrigerate for around 10 minutes (if in a hurry, longer if not)
Roll out to the desired thickness. My Valentines Shortbread was rolled quite thin and had a lovely snap to it. These I rolled much thicker which made for a lovely crumbly soft biscuit.
I also got my letter press out and decided to stamp his name into the biscuits as an extra touch. The press itself is great! I used it at Christmas to make these super cute fondant iced biscuits. I had never tried stamping straight into dough before but it worked really well!
I wrapped 10 of the little Harry biscuits in a nice plastic presentation bag from Lakeland and tied it with a blue ribbon. They went down really well and tasted bloody lovely.
I am a big believer in homemade gifts, what do you bake for special occasions or celebrations?