I’m learning my lesson with the Great British Bake Off – watch the episode before completing the bake. Fortunately no-one asked Mary Berry this week about using pre-made fondant icing. I decided rather than this being because this year’s contestants are astute that I would be brave.
A couple of weeks ago Renshaw Baking sent me a selection of fondant icing in their new packaging. I love Renshaw fondant icing, and use it like clockwork for the children’s birthday cakes, which usually due to their demands can only be made with the benefit of coloured icing.Aside from making my own birthday cake (never going to happen), I didn’t really have any bakes on the horizon requiring ready to roll icing until this week’s Great Bloggers Bake Off challenge. I decided I would take the wrath and make my biscuits using pre-made fondant.
I like to think in spite of this I stepped up to the challenge. I decided to go with Pokemon biscuits as it’s all the children talk about. In going back to school I wanted their lunchbox to have something in it which reminded them of the adventures of the summer. Although by lunchtime I imagine they’ll have forgotten all of the summer and instead be focused on catching up with friends and creating new adventures.
- 60g caster sugar
- 200g unsalted butter
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- 300g plain flour
- Fondant icing in red, white and black (we used Renshaw 250g packets)
- Icing pen in white
- Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence.
- Knead the flour into the mix to create a dough.
- Cover with cling film and put in a fridge for 1 hour.
- Take from the fridge and leave for 20mins to maintain room temperature.
- Preheat the over to 180 degrees celsius/ gas mark 4.
- Take two lengths of cling film and roll the dough between the two to the a thickness required.
- Use cutting circles to create biscuits, place on baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown.
- Using the same cutting circle create half as many circles as biscuits in white and red fondant icing.
- Cut fine strips of black fondant, and use a small circle cutter (we used a metal icing head) and create as many smaller circles as biscuits.
- Leave the biscuits to cool.
- Using the white icing, add a semi-circle of red and white icing, apply the black fondant circle to the middle, and adjoin with a fine line of black icing.
- Use the white icing to add a circle to the black fondant circle.
- Leave to dry and enjoy.