It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had the chance to bake anything, let alone blog about it. It doesn’t help that my laptop isn’t working properly and I just can’t type my posts well on my iPad. So, I know what I’ll be saving up for once Christmas is out of the way! I don’t know about you but I’m so glad November is out of the way. It’s always a really depressing month to me. Hardly any daylight and you’re travelling to and from work in the dark. I’m definitely a summer person and all I have wanted to do is to hibernate and eat comfort food. But yayy, it’s December and finally Christmas month. No organisation up until here in the SmartCookieSam house, unless you count making your Christmas pudding and soaking your dried fruit for your Christmas cake…
Which brings me to the subject of this month’s blog post themes. I’ve got out one of my Christmas recipe books (see the rather awful selfie below) and decided to bake from The Great British Bake Off Christmas this month. Not only will it be baking as in cakes and mince pies but there will be a few savoury things, foodie gifts and baked main courses to try out right up until the New Year. I’ll be attempting a recipe a day throughout Advent and in between Christmas and New Year. So watch this space to see what I try out every day.
Friday December 1st 2017.
It’s the first day of Advent and everyone in the SmartCookieSam house has an Advent Calendar, even the dog and the cat! Though our Labrador would love to trough the cat’s treats out of the calendar as well as his own!
I’ve always loved the idea of baking mini cookies to put in pockets of an Advent Calendar but until this year had never got round to it. I used the very first recipe in the Bake Off Christmas book for the basis for my very own Advent Calendar biscuits. I baked a vanilla shortbread dough and used four different type of snowflake cookie cutters. Three were of the same size but different patterns but there was also a larger cutter which would be suitable for number 25. The idea was that the cookies would adorn a tree and you would take one off the tree as each day passes, that’s if the cookies last that long in our house! Baking cookies and decorating them has always been one of my favourite sorts of baking so it was great to get creative after a busy time at work.
It’s been a while since I’ve baked and decorated cookies.
For the icing I used roll out fondant icing swirled with some blue food colouring to add a marbled effect. Some cookies turned out bluer than others but that was the effect I was hoping to achieve.
My piping skils need work and the icing was a bit runny. Hence the messy numbers. But then it has been a while since I’ve done any piping.
Number 25 is a big, special shaped snowflake so it will stand out from all the others on the tree.
There was enough cookie dough left to bake five extra cookies. One was decorated with the year 2017 on it and the other four had the initials of me and my family on them.
All the cookies ready and drying on the wire rack ready to be threaded with ribbon to hang on the Christmas tree.
Baking and decorating cookies definitely did put me in a festive mood. I was nearly finished when my son got in from college and I was able to clear away the mess while enjoying a well earned gin and tonic. Now I wonder whether any cookies will be left tomorrow?
Love Sam xx