Making an Easter Tree to welcome spring into your home is a tradition with its roots in Germany, where whole trees are decorated with painted eggs. Here in the Bakeful Play household, we like to put the ‘tree’ up a few weeks before Easter itself and gather things to decorate it during the approach to Easter Sunday. Things we make, buy or forage and what’s more fun than making Easter biscuits to hang from the branches?
200g golden caster sugar
400g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice
Skewer or Paint Brush
Easter Egg Biscuit Cutter
1. Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and use your hands to squidge them into a ball of dough.
2. Roll the dough to the thickness of a pound coin with either a standard rolling pin (for biscuits you want to ice later) or with the textured rolling pin to make patterned biscuits.
3. Cut out your egg shapes and transfer to a baking tray (no need to grease this), leaving a little space between each one. Repeat until there is no dough left.
4. Use a skewer or the end of a paint brush to make a hole in the top of each biscuit. This is to thread the ribbon through later.
5. Bake in the oven at 180° for 10-12 minutes. Remove when the biscuits are just firm enough to lift from the tray. They will still be ever so slightly soft in the middle.
6. Allow the biscuits to cool completely before decorating and threading. They will cool quickest on a wire rack, but a chopping board will do.
Ice the biscuits however you'd like. A sweet glaze finished with icing pen details and sprinkles is lovely. Alternatively, simply dip them in melted chocolate.
To Make a Glaze
500g normal icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Tiny, tiny dash of salt.
Mix the milk and vanilla extract before adding the icing sugar and salt and whisking into a thick, but spoonable mixture. Dip biscuits face down to cover their entire surface with a sparkly pale white glaze, or dip a portion of the biscuit to create a design. You can also paint with the glaze and then add sprinkles - a bit like glue and sequins!