Baking meets Star Wars – Empire Biscuits

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I need to start with a confession.  I’ve never watched Star Wars, and don’t plan to any time soon.  But I am a baking obsessive and haven’t managed to escape the hype surrounding the latest movie.  So when my boyfriend and I saw these Star Wars themed sprinkles in Tesco, the idea of ‘Empire’ biscuits was too good an opportunity to miss.

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To make about 8 biscuits you’ll need:

  • 200g plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 150g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 50g icing sugar
  • jam of your choice
  • another 100g icing sugar for icing
  • food colouring if desired
  • your Star Wars sprinkles

Preheat your oven to 180 C, or 160 C fan.  Put the flour, salt and butter in a large bowl, and rub them together until they resemble breadcrumbs.  You can always whizz them together in a food processor if you like.  Add the icing sugar and keep working everything together until you get a dough.  Wrap it in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least 5 minutes, but the longer the better,  it will keep for up to 2 days.

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Dust a surface with flour and roll the dough out til it’s about half a centimeter thick.  Cut out circles with a cutter about 5cm wide and place them on a tray lined with baking paper.  Remember you’ll need an even number!  These don’t spread much when baking so they don’t need to be too far apart.

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes – they’re done when the edges start to turn very light golden.  Leave them to cool.

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To prepare the icing add water to the icing sugar, teaspoon by teaspoon, until you get a runny but spreadable mixture.  It can very quickly go too runny so be careful!  Add colour if you want, I added some black gel to keep in theme with the galaxy.  Remember if you add liquid colour it will make the icing more runny so you will need less water.

Ice half of the biscuits and scatter over the Star Wars sprinkles while still wet.  Spread jam on the other half and sandwich them together.  And that’s it!  Your pun-tastic Star Wars ‘Empire’ biscuits are done.  These are buttery, crumbly, and not too sweet.  Share them with your Star Wars loving friends.  Or eat them all yourself if you are a Star Wars widow like me.

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