Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Indulge: Jammy Star Biscuits

Christmas certainly is the time to indulge in yummy treats, and what better to get yourself in the festive mood than cooking up some Christmassy delights. I love these kind of jam biscuits so I made them today with a Christmassy edge, normally there would just be a round circle cut out, but I used a star this time :)

The recipe for these yummy biscuits is from the BBC Good Food Website:


225g unsalted butter , softened
150g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 egg yolks , beaten
250g plain flour
110g ground almonds
raspberry (or apricot) jam, for spreading
icing sugar , to dust


1.Beat the butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg yolks and mix thoroughly. Gradually add the flour and ground almonds. Lightly knead the mixture until it comes together in a ball. Wrap and chill for 1 hour.

2.Heat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 5. Roll the dough out to the thickness of a £1 coin on a lightly floured surface and stamp out biscuits using a 6-7cm cutter. Reshape leftover dough into a ball, re-roll and cut out more biscuits. Stamp out a smaller circle from the middles of half the biscuits.

3.Put the biscuits on lined baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. You may need to do these in batches. Rest for a minute then transfer to a cooling rack. When completely cold, spread the whole biscuits with either jam. Dust the ring-shaped biscuits with icing sugar. Put a sugar-dusted ring on top of a jam-covered biscuit and press lightly together.

Unfortunately (as so happens when you're trying to cook whilst also look after a 6 month old!), I made a mistake and didn't cut out enough stars, so I was left with more of the full circles than I needed. I decided to stick two of them together with jam anyway and I dusted them with icing sugar using a plastic template. So they worked out ok for a mistake!

I also had lots of left over little stars from the cut outs, so I put a dob of jam on them as well as some dusted icing sugar. You could always just roll the uncooked stars up and make more biscuits but I liked the idea of having some different shapes.

Merry Christmas Everyone, make sure you indulge!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Creative Space

I've been working on some new items this week. First some simple woodcut brooches and secondly some cabochon earrings, rings and hairclips. Whilst pondering over my creative space today, I found it quite interesting to reflect on when I started Petaliferous and how I seem to be forever changing the way I do things and constantly growing and improving my techniques and designs etc. It actually makes me think in horror at some of the things I created when I first started out, and how simple they were! (but without them I wouldnt be doing what I'm doing today, so they were all necessary - mistakes or not!). I guess it highlights the beauty of handmade. Each item reflects the artisans skills at that time, at that place... like a little time capsule really :)

Heres the brooch backs drying on the timber cut brooches. Sadly these are a limited edition and therefore I have very limited quantities.

And here's some new cabochons ready for the cooker :) My mum has requested a pair of turquoise rose filigree leaf earrings and she's been waiting a while, so it was time to get them done! Sorry Mum!

I'm hoping to have a Market stall somewhere in Melbourne next year to sell all these pretties at. Any suggestions where you think my stuff would be a good fit?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Secret Santa, The DUSTy kind

I recently signed up for a Secret Santa (kris kringle) within the DUST group, and sent my gift off to my secret recipient earlier in the week, hopefully they recieve it soon so I can share with you what I sent!

Today, however, I recieved a gorgeous little parcel in the mail from my secret santa! It was so unexpected, and so lovely. It came from May, from MayBrady and I absolutely love it.. here's what I was very lucky to recieve (thank you May!)

Beautifully Giftwrapped...

A bundle of gorgeous handmade cards and gifttags...

featuring cool retro art prints...

and in her signature style, a vintage scarf headband ;)

Thanks May!