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Back Of The Net!

Posted April 17, 2020 by Squires Kitchen Shop

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These fun football biscuits are perfect for party bags or delivering to friends. You need just two cutters for the whole project and kids will love helping you to create the tessellating pattern.
You will need:

Biscuits

  • Unsalted butter: 225g (8oz)
  • Light brown sugar: 225g (8oz)
  • Vanilla paste: ½tsp
  • Egg: 1, large
  • Plain flour: 445g (15¾oz)

Decoration

Makes 20 biscuits

Making The Biscuits
  • Place the butter, sugar and vanilla paste in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat the mixture until light and creamy.
  • Beat the egg, then gradually add it to the mixture. Beat until it is fully incorporated.
  • Sift the plain flour into the bowl and mix on a slow speed until a dough begins to form.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer and shape it into a ball. Wrap the dough in greaseproof paper or cling film and refrigerate it for at least one hour or, for best results, overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F/ Gas Mark 4). Line a flat baking tray with some baking parchment.
  • Roll out the chilled biscuit dough to a 5mm (¼") thickness on a flat surface lightly dusted with flour. Use the round cutter to cut out as many biscuits as possible, then arrange them on the lined baking tray.
  • Bake the biscuits on the middle shelf of the oven for 10–12 minutes, or until they begin to turn golden brown around the edges.
  • Leave the biscuits to cool on the tray for five minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Creating The Football Pattern
  • Roll out a small piece of Bridal White sugarpaste to a 2mm (1/16") thickness on a non-stick board. Cut out approximately 15 hexagons using the cutter or the template below (A).
  • Repeat step 1 using some Tuxedo Black sugarpaste (B).

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  • Roll out a small amount of Bridal White sugarpaste to a 2mm (1/16") thickness. The sheet will need to be at least 8cm (31/8") square.
  • Brush the surface of the sugarpaste sheet with a little cooled, boiled water and lay the first black hexagon on top. Add a ring of white hexagons around the black hexagon, lining up the shapes neatly.
  • Slot a black hexagon into the V-shaped notches around the edge of the pattern and repeat to surround each one with a ring of white hexagons. Continue until the sheet of sugarpaste is covered with the pattern.

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  • Brush the surface of the first biscuit with a little warm apricot glaze. Use the round cutter or the template to cut out a disc of the patterned sugarpaste (C). Lay the patterned paste on top of the biscuit and press gently to adhere (D).
  • Repeat steps 1–6 to cover all the biscuits with the football pattern.

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Top Tip

  • If you prefer chocolate biscuits, replace 45g (1½oz) of the plain flour with cocoa powder. For an even more chocolaty biscuit, add 45g (1½oz) of baking drops to the mixture when the dough starts to come together.