Alton's Gingerbread Biscuits
To celebrate the launch of our Blue Diamond Traditional Christmas Biscuit Cutters, available now in all Blue Diamond home and garden centres, Alton has shared a classic recipe with some extra Christmas flavour.
|130g||Golden syrup (warmed)|
|350g||Soft brown sugar|
|700g||Plain white flour|
|2||Large eggs (beaten)|
- In your electric mixer, fitted with a beater paddle attachment, combine the flour, soft brown sugar and spices.
- Add the soft butter to the dry ingredients and mix on a low speed until it reaches a crumb consistency.
- Pour in the warmed golden syrup and continue to mix.
- Finally, add the beaten eggs and continue to mix until a firm dough is formed.
- Remove from the mixer and divide the dough into two balls. Cover one with cling film so it does not dry out.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the second ball to about half a centimetre thick.
- Using cutters of your choice (or the cutters within our Blue Diamond biscuit cutter pack) cut out your desired shapes.
- Allow to cool before icing.
Festive Icing Ingredients
- Using a hand whisk and a mixing bowl, whisk 100g of the icing sugar with the egg whites.
- Ensure there are no lumps from the icing sugar.
- Continue to add spoonfuls of the remaining icing sugar to the mix until a firm but workable icing mixture is achieved (you may not need all of the icing or you may need extra icing - this will depend on the size of the egg white).
- Diving the icing into 4 to 5 separate bowls and colour icing as desired using food colouring.
- Put in piping bags and decorate your biscuits.
A little something different...
Add some extra Christmas flavour to the above icing recipe by stirring in half a teaspoon of rum or brandy, 3g of Allspice and a sprinkling of finely chopped candied ginger.
Baked Vanilla Cheesecake
A delicious dessert that makes one 30cm x 25cm tray and is suitable to keep in the freezer for up to one month.
1/2 packet digestive biscuits, crushed
1/2 packet ginger nut biscuits, crushed
Clarified butter mixed into the biscuits to form a base
245ml double cream
825g Philadelphia cream cheese
3ml Vanilla essence
Vanilla seeds of 1 vanilla pod
How to make!
- Using an electric mixer with the beater attachment, mix together the sugar, vanilla and cream cheese until smooth and slightly thicken.
- Gradually beat in the eggs and cream until the mix is of a smooth consistency.
- Pour the mix over the prepared base and bake at 130°C, low fan for 35 minutes or until set.
- Set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, portion and garnish as desired.
Alton's Christmas Hazelnut Roulade
A wonderful gluten-free, hazelnut meringue roulade recipe to make in your own home. Consider it your Christmas present from Alton!
220g hazelnuts peeled
250g egg whites (about 8 eggs)
450g caster sugar
1L double cream
300g white chocolate
100g praline paste (can use Nutella)
How to make!
Toast whole hazelnuts until golden brown. Once cooled blitz the hazelnuts to a rough powder. (ensure not to over blitz as it will turn to a paste)
Using a whisk, whip the egg whites to soft peak, and slowly add the sugar until a firm meringue. (10min)
Fold in ground hazelnuts and divide onto two trays.
Bake @ 175-degree Celsius fan oven for 17 min.
Once baked, allow to cool, and turn onto paper (face down) on work surface ready for cream.
Whip the double cream till firm, divide into two bowls.
Mix the praline and melted white chocolate together, and fold into one batch of the cream. Evenly spread the plain cream on the meringue first, then spread the praline cream over. (to make it more festive sprinkle with griotine cherries or dried cranberries.)
Gently Roll from the long side ensuring the cream is not all pushed to the top.
Freeze/Chill and cut once set.
Alton's Oat & Raisin Cookies
325g unsalted Butter
190g caster Sugar
190g soft Brown Sugar
3 medium Eggs
460g plain Flour
5g bicarbonate of Soda
3g ground Cinnamon
3g vanilla Essence
How to make!
- Beat together the butter, vanilla and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy and slowly add the eggs one at a time.
- Turn the speed to low and add all the dry ingredients and continue to mix until smooth.
- Divide the mix into 3 even balls and roll each into a sausage shape about the size of a rolling pin.
- Cut the roll into the size of biscuit you desire and shape into a ball, place on a baking tray and flatten slightly.
- Bake at 175°C (fan oven) for about 14 minutes or until light brown.
- Cool before serving.
Alton's Strawberry and Basil Summer Eton Mess
A classic and refreshing dessert - perfect for summer entertaining.
1 punnet of strawberries
1 bunch of basil
Meringue (see recipe below)
Vanilla Chantilly cream (whipped cream, a bit of icing sugar and vanilla essence or vanilla seeds to taste)
For the Meringue
4 egg whites
120g caster sugar
For the Basil Syrup
400g caster sugar
1 bunch of basil
How to make!
To Make the Meringue
- In a stainless-steel bowl, whisk the egg whites and sugar over a low open gas flame. Ensure to keep whisking until the sugar is dissolved and the mix is warm.
- Pour this into your electric mixing bowl and mix with the whisk attachment on high speed until the meringue is thick and white.
- Pipe desired shapes with a star nozzle onto a lined baking tray.
- In a pre-heated oven, bake at 130°C for 20 – 25 minutes and leave in the oven overnight to dry out. Do not open oven at anytime during this stage as all the heat needs to be kept within.
To Make the Basil Syrup
- Bring sugar and water to a boil and simmer for 3-5min.
- Using a stick blender, carefully blitz the syrup and add the basil whilst doing this (This will ensure the basil syrup is green and not brown). Pour syrup over fine sift and cool.
To Build the Eton Mess
- Begin by cutting the tops off your strawberries and then cutting in half or quarters depending on size.
- Place a few strawberries at the bottom of your glass and cover with your strawberry sauce.
- Crush some meringue over this and drizzle some basil syrup around the glass.
- Pipe Chantilly cream over the meringue and keep building depending on the size of the glass.
- Garnish with a piece of meringue and a tip of basil.
- Refer to the picture to help offer you a visual guidance.
Useful Tip: strawberry and basil work well as a marriage however basil can easily overpower the dish so ensure you do not use too much basil.