With VE Day coming up on Friday, we thought we would try some VE Day Poppy Biscuits. They are great for little ones to help with as they are easy to cut out.
What you need:
(Makes about 16 biscuits)
- 200g salted butter, at room temperature
- 100g icing sugar
- 300g plain flour
- 1tsp concentrated red food colouring paste (or we used colouring powder)
For the filling:
Either fresh cream if you are going to eat them straight away or the following to make butter icing:
- 50g butter, softened
- 125g icing sugar
- A few fresh blueberries, raisins or cherries
What you need to do:
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4 and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment. Put the butter into a mixing bowl with the sugar &flour.
- Add the red food colouring, then rub together with your fingertips until the mixture begins to come together into a soft dough (you may want to use gloves to stop the red staining) – the heat of your hands will bring it together into a ball of dough.
- Dust the work surface with flour and roll the dough out to the thickness of a £1 coin, then cut out 32 biscuits using a 6cm fluted round biscuit cutter.
- Using a something small and round (a calpol syringe worked for us), cut the centres out of 16 of the biscuits then place these biscuits on one of the lined trays. Place the other 16 biscuits on the second tray and bake both for 12-13 minutes. Allow to cool on the trays.
5. For the filling, either beat the double cream OR beat the butter and icing sugar together with 1tsp of boiling water, until creamy.
6. Spread thinly on one of the whole biscuits. Place a biscuit with a hole neatly on top and press down gently. Repeat with the other biscuits. (You could add a dollop of Jam on top of the filling if you wanted to).
7. Place a blueberry, raisin or cherry in the hole of each sandwiched biscuit.
**(If you don’t have red food colouring but you do have a tube of red icing – make the biscuits without the colouring and just decorate the top into a beautiful poppy using the red icing tube).**