December 7th, 2012
Now it’s time to deck the tree with, with…?
I am actually excited about the tree picking this weekend and adorning it. I lean towards the more traditional, more understated decorations but, in having a look for ideas, it turns out an array of golden, shimmery, fruity and tasty hanging bits was all the fashion in the 1870’s according to Wikipedia, even those strings of popcorn went on back then.
I am a big fan of digestible tree accessories and in my search through reams of festive munch-able delights, last year’s Observer Food Monthly came up trumps with this versatile Scandinavian biscuit base that can shaped, baked and scattered on the table, tie to the pine or even gathered up to build a gingerbread dwelling (or your own version of ‘The Shard’).
I adapted the mix by doubling the amount of white pepper, ground ginger and by adding half a teaspoon of mixed spice. Make sure not to roll the dough too thinly as the biscuits will scorch at easily; check them a few minutes early to keep your shapes safe.
Once cooled, get to work with lashings of icing and colourings, mini silver balls and last, but by no means least, the all essential edible glitter.