For those of you not in the UK (or those living in the UK in a cave for the past few months), this weekend is the Queen's Diamond Jubliee. She will have been on the throne for 60 years, and the UK seems to have suddenly become very patriotic! Those flags that usually only come out for major football fixtures are in windows and on cars, and bunting is everywhere.
I've been seeing Jubilee cookies everywhere recently. These were some of my favourite.
[Credit: The Good Life Mum.]
Unfortunately, the rest of the country seems to have joined in the baking frenzy. Everywhere I looked had sold out of red and blue colouring. There were bottles and bottles of yellow, green and even black on the shelves, but no red or blue. I managed to get one of the very last bottles of red food colouring in Sainsbury's, but no blue was to be found. I really consider myself British, rather than English, so please, Scotland and Northern Ireland, don't be offended by my lack of blue icing (I guess red and white could be Welsh too)!
To make the sugar cookies, I used this recipe from bakeat350. I struggled somewhat to find a recipe for royal icing that didn't have meringue powder in, but eventually found one at the Telegraph. If you're a bit more worried about raw eggs than me, there's a royal icing recipe on bakeat350 too.
Here are the ingredients. Plain flour, baking powder, an egg, butter (or margarine), caster sugar and vanilla essence. The recipe had almond extract too, but I didn't have any. My cookies still taste good without it.
Sugar and butter creamed together.
My teapots before cooking. (Seriously, how cute is this cutter?)
Outlining the cookies wasn't as hard as I was expecting, although it's not nearly so neat as everyone else's seem to be. This may possibly be because I was making do with a parchment paper cone, as I don't have piping bags and nozzles for royal icing (I only have ones suitable for buttercream).
Flooding the cookies with icing takes forever. I really didn't expect it to take as long as it did, and I didn't end up flooding all of them, as I'd made a lot of cookies. I'm quite happy with the ones I did flood though!
I'd love to hear what everybody else is doing over the Jubilee weekend! I'm meeting up with some friends for lunch tomorrow, and am going to have a look at the festivities in town on Tuesday. Enjoy the long weekend!