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Recipe – Vegan jammy dodger biscuits

Recently it has become the norm to bake two cakes or batches of cookies for my sewing classes. As I have some lovely customers who follow a vegan diet one of my bakes each week is always a vegan option. By far the best investment for vegan baking has been Ms Cupcakes cookery book – The naughtiest vegan cakes in town. The recipes are easy and practical as well as bloomin’ tasty! These nearly didn’t make it to class as my kids took a big liking to them.

Ingredients:

350g plain flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

a pinch of salt

140g dairy-free margarine

100g brown sugar

3 tbsp golden syrup

1 tbsp vanilla extract

seedless raspberry or strawberry jam(or another flavour if you prefer).

Icing sugar for dusting (optional)

Makes 12-36 biscuits depending on the size of the cutters.

How to make:

Preheat the oven 180c/350f/gas mark 4 and grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

In a bowl mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together the margarine, sugar, golden syrup and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture into the margarine mixture, stirring to combine using a spoon or your hands until it comes together as a dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and put it in the fridge to chill for a minimum of 30 minutes (although it can stay there for a couple of days if you want to wait before baking.)

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 3 mm thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as you can  (this is dependent on how big you want the cookies). Using a very small cookie cutter or a very sharp knife, cut out a shape from the middle of half of them (this is where the jam will peek through).

Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes. You want them cooked through, but not browned. Remove from the oven and cool on the sheets on a wire rack for a couple of minutes before transferring the cookies to the wire rack with a spatula to cool completely.

Once they have cooled, spread the whole cookies with a dollop of jam. Place the cookies with the peek-a-boo window on top, allowing a little of the jam to peek through. Sprinkle with icing sugar, if you like to serve.

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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