You will need:
- 250g Spiced Bread Mix
- 140g butter
- 70g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp syrup
- 1 egg or flax egg
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
- ½ tsp gluten free baking powder
For the icing and assembly
- Raspberry jam
- Icing sugar
- Boiling water
- Red jelly crystals or sugar and 2 drops red food colouring mix together
These have to be one of my favourites. Another recipe taken from the Mum's ingredient-stained recipe book and converted into a gluten free delight. These are not a quick bake - take your time and enjoy.
Cream the butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla followed by the syrup.
Mix the Spiced Bread Mix and baking powder together and gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold together until combined. If the mixture starts to look curdled keep adding the dry ingredients one tablespoon at a time until it comes together.
Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line 2 or 3 flat baking trays with baking paper.
The next steps are best not to be rushed - a few extra minutes here will mean your biscuits with all be even and transfer to the trays easily.
On a silicone mat or baking paper take half the mixture and roll out to about 5mm thick. Tip: keep the surfaced floured but not too much that it colours the biscuit mixture. Turn over often so it doesn't stick and can freely move.
Use a 50mm round cutter to cut the biscuits and then gently slide a knife under to transfer to the tray. You want to keep the round shape. Place the biscuits about 2cm apart, they wont spread much.
Bake for 10 minutes and then check. You want the edges to start to go golden, if they need a little more - try 3 minutes more and re-check. There isn't much from nearly done to over done.
Leave to cool slightly on the baking tray before transferring to wire rack to finish cooling.
Once cooled, put a dollop of jam on one biscuit and sandwich together with another biscuit on top.
Mix together 1 cup icing sugar with a couple of teaspoon of boiling water to form a thick but runny icing. You may need to add extra water or icing sugar. You want your icing to be smooth in the bowl but stay firm. Use a teaspoon to put your icing on the biscuit - it should spread out evenly, look glossy and not go over the edge. If it is too runny add more icing sugar and mix.
Sprinkle with jelly crystals.