Easter is such an exciting time of year; spring is finally upon us with all it’s delights of cheeping birds, frolicking lambs and beautiful flowers and it feels like everything is just starting again after the fallow winter months. Easter seems to literally put the spring into everyone’s steps, and we start to look forward again. I feel this in terms of cooking as well as nature, suddenly fresh inspiration hits and there are so many more options open to me. I can’t wait to use all those spring flavours in the next few months. 🙂
I have many Easter themed recipes on my blog, and not surprisingly lots of them feature a lot of chocolate. However, even though they’re a personal favourite, I’ve never made traditional Easter biscuits. These customary cookies are a celebration of Easter time combining a subtle ‘hot cross bun’ spice with pretty decoration or dried fruit. These biscuits lend themselves equally well to the addition of the traditional juicy currants and crunchy caster sugar topping, or the somewhat fancier crispy yet soft cover of pretty pastel hued icing. Serve these to make a nice change from the chocolate overload and everyone will be happy come Easter weekend!
makes lots, at least 20 large cookies
300g plain flour
2 tbsps cornflour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
115g vegetable fat (I used Trex)
115g dairy-free margarine (Pure)
225g sugar (either caster or granulated)
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
60ml dairy-free milk
60g currants (if making fruited variety)
- Sift together the flour, cornflour, spices, salt and baking powder.
- In another bowl whisk together the fat, spread and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dairy-free milk and whisk again.
- Add the flour mix and carefully combine. Stir in the currants if using.
- Roll out and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden round the edges
- Cool on the sheet before moving to a wire rack.
- if making the fruity variety, sprinkle with caster sugar whilst hot.
3 tbsps aquafaba (water from a tin of beans or chickpeas)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
dairy-free milk to thin the icing
food colouring as desired
- In a stand mixer, or an electric whisk, whisk together all the ingredients until a smooth thick paste is created.
- Colour as desired. I split the mixture into two, and then coloured each with natural food colouring.
- Thin each colour with a splash of milk to make the icing a good consistency to coat the biscuits (thick, but thin enough to pipe!)
- Pipe as desired
- Let set but leaving at room temperature for a good few hours. If you dare, return the iced biscuits to the oven for a couple of minutes for a smooth shiny finish and then leave to set.