You could easily be fooled into thinking that all I ever make are empire biscuits. I wouldn’t blame you for having that belief. I love empire biscuits. I think they are a great alternative to cupcakes as a centrepiece and as you probably know, I have made them for Father’s Day, the Scottish referendum and even made Queen Bey biscuits for my sister’s birthday. They taste so delicious and they can be topped with anything you want so are perfect if you want something personalised.
Since it is the Ryder Cup this weekend, I wanted to share these golf themed biscuits that I made recently. They take a little bit of time to make but do look really cute so are definitely worth the effort.
The recipe for the biscuits can be found here. These biscuits are slightly larger than normal so you will need to make two batches of dough to get a good spread of biscuits. You can never have too many though!
- To make the putting greens, make the dough as set out in the link above.
- Trace a rough kidney shape on to a piece of greaseproof paper. Cut this out and use this as the template for the putting greens. Roll out the dough. Normally I would recommend that the dough is as thick as a £1 coin but for these I would make them slightly thicker so that you can make the bunker. Place the template on top of the dough and cut around. Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Repeat until you have the desired number of biscuits (1 batch of dough should make around 8 biscuits) but don’t get rid of any off-cuts left at the end.
- On half of the biscuits (i.e. the top biscuits), use the back of a teaspoon and gently press a small dent into one end of the dough. Try not to press down too hard or you will push the dough out too far and the biscuit will end up being much larger than the bottom biscuit.
- Take the off-cuts and shape them into rough circles. These biscuits will be crumbled to make the sand so you want them to be quite golden. To help with this, roll these out a little thinner.
- Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes.
- Remove the biscuits from the oven. The biscuits will have risen slightly so while they are still hot, gently re-press the back of the teaspoon back into the dent you have already made. Be very careful with this because the biscuits will crack if you press down too hard. Leave to cool before icing.
- Sandwich a top and bottom biscuit together with some jam as you would usually do.
- Mix together a little icing sugar, water and green food colouring to create the grass. You can pipe this on or simply spread it on as I have done. You will need to make sure that the icing is a good consistency. If it is too thick, it won’t spread but if it is too thin, it will run off or worse flood the bunkers.
- Take the off-cut biscuits and crumble to create the sand. Fill the bunkers with the crumbs.
- Create small golf balls using tiny bits of white fondant icing. Place on the putting greens.
- Place a small spot of dark icing on each green to act as the hole. Mould a triangle of red fondant icing around the top of a toothpick (if your toothpicks are too large then cut them in half) to create a flag. Then gently pierce the toothpick into the hole.
That’s it. There is a little bit of work involved but it isn’t too challenging and as I said, worth the effort.
These are made in almost exactly the same way as the Father’s Day shirts so follow the steps through to placing the white fondant icing on top of the biscuits.
Then simply pipe the on your design. You can do whatever you want – stripes, diamonds, logos. To finish, pipe on a collar at the top and a few buttons to give them the true polo-shirt look.
Happy Ryder Cup weekend!