Firstly, i know im not a baker. I don't post recipies and i don't talk about food, well hardly ever i think...i mean not in my blog anyway. Its pretty much got to be about needles and thread. Baking is a time passing activity when i have nothing to sew. When i left London because i was ill, and too hopeless to look after my child, i swore not to take needles and thread. Its true, i did not touch a single needle in two and a half weeks. I really missed my sewing and felt myself going grey at the edges. While some people miss their partner or children when they go away from home, i missed my sewing machine!
So one day,when i had the use of my arm back again i decided to make iced biscuits from an 80's recipie book that my mum had kept from my childhood. Ok, so the recipie i pretty much completely changed but it was the picure of coloured icing, sprinkles and sweets that hooked me. So i made my own version from my mothers tiny old Tala cutters and iced them to perfection to mimic the style of the little jeweled biscuits i had yearned for when i was about five.
Thing is they dont tell you how they get their icing so neat, don't say 'a teaspoon' it doesn't work, not to get that perfect line of biscuit border anyway and piping is too fussy and requires too much washing of parts each time you change colour. So i decided on a cocktail stick. Yes, 7 hours later and my 90 biscuits were finally finished. They were pretty looking and tasted good too (as i used real flavours, made my own lemon curd e.t.c) but someone please please, give me some inside info. on how to ice them in less time, with more ease. Seven hours to make biscuits- im such a loser and i got back pain and sore eyes to boot. Im planning on a more simple shape for my daughters birthday party but i need to speed up on the icing. Help needed !