Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Halloween Shortbread


So here it is, my first ever baking post! 
Baking has been a hobby of mine ever since I can remember, something that seems to run in the family. I get so much joy out of adding my own little spin to original recipes and making yummy treats for others to enjoy (including the dog). I hope I can use baking as a consistent theme throughout my blog as it's something that anyone and everyone can do, and it can be fun, I promise! 

As Halloween is approaching, I thought why not incorporate it into my baking. The original recipe for the shortbread is taken from the "Great British Bake Off: Everyday" but I will write the ingredients, measurements and recipe below, just in case you would like to have a go and haven't purchased the book, although it does have some amazing recipes. 
*I am not being sponsored to plug this book, I just really love it!


Ingredients
220g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
30g Icing Sugar
80g Caster Sugar
30g Cornflour
300g Plain Flour

I included a dash of Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon in my dough mixture as I wanted it to have more flavour and make them taste slightly more Autumnal, if that's a thing. Cinnamon = Autumn, duh! Adding these extras enabled my biscuits to taste similar to the crumble part of an apple crumble, YUM!

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Beat or whisk the softened butter until a smooth and creamy texture.
2. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl and begin to beat, starting off slow (unless you want to end up covered). Beat in the caster sugar making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to get every little bit into the mixture. Do this until the mixture is light and fluffy.
3. Sift in the cornflour and beat again. Sift the plain flour in and mix with a spoon (or hands if preferred) until a crumbly mixture forms. This is where you can add any spices or extras you would like to incorporate into your mix.
4. Using your hands, bind the mixture together into a dough and sprinkle extra plain flour onto whatever surface you are working on. Roll out the dough to your preferred thickness and use your cookie cutter of choice (mine are £1 from Hobbycraft) to cut out the shapes and place onto a non stick/greased baking tray. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes-ish until the shortbread is slightly golden.




Now onto the bit I'm bad at, decorating!


For the icing, I decided it would be easier to purchase fondant icing that you just have to roll out, rather than attempting at making it myself! I used the 'Renshaw Ready To Roll' icing which I found in Hobbycraft. 

All I did was roll out the icing onto some icing sugar, to prevent it sticking, cut my shapes out using the cookie cutters again and stuck them down to the shortbread using jam! Jam makes everything much tastier when it comes to baking and I liked the "bloody" effect it gave, because you know they are Halloween biscuits and all. Nutella or any other spread would work just as well though!

Once the icing was on the biscuits, I went ahead and gave the ghosts and pumpkins a bit of character by drawing on some faces using Dr. Oetker Gel Food Colour and Shimmer Spray, just to liven them up a bit!





Will you be baking any Halloween treats this month?

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  1. Kat these are adorable! I was thinking about doing a Halloween baking post and this post is getting saved right into my inspiration folder. You seem to make significantly less mess than I do though haha.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

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    1. YAY thank you! Well, if I was doing it all on my own then there would be mess everywhere haha! x

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  2. These look so cute, I love the little ghosts especially!

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy

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  3. I was looking forward to this post yay! They're so cute! I want to eat them allll 😌
    >:)

    Tore | atinymew.com xo

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  4. These look too cute, I'm also obsessed with shortbread so I'll definitely have to give this recipe a try!

    Toni x
    ww.clarkecouture.co.uk

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    1. You totally should, let me know if you do! x

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  5. Oooh, these look awesome! I want to buy loads of cookie cutters now :D x

    closingwinter.wordpress.com

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    1. You should!! There's so many Christmas and Halloween ones about now :) x

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  6. These are so cute!! I'm definitely going to have to try it out!

    leethrifts.blogspot.com

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    1. Baking is always fun, you definitely should have a go! Let me know if you do :) x

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  7. So cute, Mine will NOT look like that if I give it a go though! :)

    http://www.themiddlesister.co.uk/

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    1. Of course they will haha! Thank god for cookie cutters and ready made icing x

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  8. These are so cute! I want to make something similar for Halloween this year, definitely taking a look on Hobbycraft now. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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    1. You definitely should, Hobbycraft have some great baking things available right now! x

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  9. These look so yummy, please send me one in the post;)! They look so cute though, and delicious! I wish I was good at baking, need to practice I think! Would love to see more baking posts from you in the future, especially at Christmas! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. There's none left, sorry! ;)
      Practice makes perfect girl, and don't worry, I have lots of ideas for Christmas baking posts! xx

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  10. OMG! These look so cool! I wish I had time to make cakes again x :(

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's half term soon, right? Maybe you could do some baking then! x

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  11. Wow these look amazing! Your photography is fab and you're so good at decorating, I wish I had the patients! Love their little faces ahah. I wish I was a good baker because these look so yummy!! Great post lovely, can't wait for more baking posts xx

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    1. Thank you!! I'm really trying to work on my blog photography so that means a lot.
      They looked so dull before I added their faces, I was like "no, I need to give these guys some facial features" haha! xx

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  12. These look so lovely, bet they taste amazing too, especially with the jam xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  13. Oh I love them, they are so cute and I think very good too! Thank you for the idea, I want to do them now :) xx

    Giulia | www.giulietteblog.blogspot.com

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  14. These are the most adorable Halloween cookies I've ever seen! I bet they taste delicious too!
    x
    Aria | Girl in a Whimsical Land

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    1. Oh my gosh thank you, they are pretty darn tasty! x

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  15. These are super cute!! I love your pictures <3
    Ramsha | Rose
    xox

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  16. oh my gosh these look so good!!!!! Love the shapes you did :)
    Amanda | amanda-speroni

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    1. Thank god for cookie cutters, haha! I think the lil ghosties are so cute though. x

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  17. Those cookies look delicious! I'm going to be doing some vegan ones, oh I wish I could bring some to you :(

    Love always, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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    1. I can't wait to see your vegan alternatives! One day, we will have a vegan baking session, just for you. x

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  18. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this lovely recipes! The cookies turned out amazing :)
    Love the icing, shimmery spray & decorating you've done hon. These are gorgeous!
    I so love baking posts mixed up with beauty/fashion/lifestyle posts <3
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You're so welcome! Thank you so much, your comments always make my day.
      I want my blog to reflect me, and baking is a part of me so I thought why not incorporate it into my blog, hey? xx

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  19. Soo cute you make it look so easy though. Really want to try theses for Halloween now I'm hungry.

    Awkwardgirlx

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    1. Aw thank you lovely. Have a go at making them! xx

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  20. Omg Kathryn, how can you make shortbread look so adorable?! I'm absolute rubbish at baking, but I'd try this just because they look so good! Loving the photos, too!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Aw, haha thank you! Please do try making them, I'd love to see. x

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  21. These look amazing! I've been thinking about making some halloween treats for home and the office and I think these will do perfectly! x

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  22. I need to make these for Halloween! They turned out so great x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming

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  23. awww they are so flipping cute! i've saved this as i really want to make them this week now haha

    Hannah x hannatalks

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    1. Show me them if you do, I'm so excited that this post has inspired people to want to bake! x

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  24. These are too cute! I really wanted to do some halloween baking and these are just ideal! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  25. I need to find a way to convert the measurements for US home cooks like me!! But I love the cookies and great idea on using fondant to frost the cookies!! Your cookies are Spooktacular!! :)

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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