Homemade party rings…

Party rings have to be one of my all time favourite biscuits, even as an adult I can’t resist the super sweet crunchy icing topping and the fact that they fit on your finger (well at least they used to). The other day I thought I’d have a go at making them for myself and what fun I had!…

It turns out they’re really easy to make too!

All you need is…

250g plain flour

85g caster sugar

175g unsalted butter

2 tbsp lemon curd

250g icing sugar

1 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (fan) and prepare a couple of baking sheets with greaseproof paper.

If you have a food processor you can just whizz up the flour, sugar and butter until the mixture has a crumb-like consistency. If like me, you don’t have one it’s still very easy…just put the flour and sugar in a bowl, cut the butter (room temperature is easiest) into cubes and add to the bowl. Now roll up your sleeves and rub the butter into the dry ingredients until you have achieved the same crumb-like consistency. At this point you just need to squish the mixture together into a ball and knead briefly until you have a smooth dough.

Tip it out onto a floured surface (don’t be stingy with the flour) and roll it out to the thickness of approximately 2 £1 pound coins. Use a 5cm/2inch fluted cutter to cut out your biscuits. Lay them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving a bit of space in between as they spread a little when baking. To cut out the all important hole in the middle of the biscuits I used a piping nozzle but if you don’t have one, you’ll just have to scour your kitchen for a suitable tool for the job 🙂

Once you’ve made the holes just pop the trays in the oven for 10 minutes until the biscuits are pale golden. Transfer them onto a wire rack to cool completely and now you can start making your icing…

Mix the lemon curd with 2 tbsp of boiling water until smooth and then sift in 175g of the icing sugar, again stirring until you have a smooth icing. Now, you can either leave it au naturel or get out the food colouring and have some fun!

To make the contrasting icing your jam needs to be smooth, if your jam has pips or bits in it you’ll need to sieve it first so that you are left with a smooth puree. Mix the smooth jam with 2 tsp of boiling water, sift in the remaining 75g of icing sugar and stir until smooth before adding your colouring (optional).

Spoon the lemon icing onto your biscuits, using the spoon to spread it around, making sure the top of your ring is coated. Then use your artistic licence to drizzle the jammy icing over the top any which way you like! If it’s a little bit too thick just add a tiny dash more of boiling water.

And there you have them, homemade party rings! So much fun to make…and to eat 🙂

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