Coconut Party Rings
It's not a party without party rings!
50g Unsalted Butter
50g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
100g Plain Flour
50g Desiccated Coconut
300g Icing Sugar
Red, Yellow, Blue and Green Gel Food Colouring
Everyone loves party rings. They take you back to childhood birthday parties (it’s not a proper party without party rings), and since there ain’t no party like a Bake Off party I decided to make a batch of coconut party rings for the final on Wednesday.
I only picked up the recipe card from Tesco the other day so I was pleased to actually use it rather than shoving it straight into the draw full of recipe cards and cutouts from various places. I love coconut so it was a welcome addition to the tradition party ring. It makes them just a little bit more chewy than usual.
These are so much fun to make! The icing can get a bit messy but decorating them was my favourite part!
Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together using an electric mixer of whisk for about 6 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the flour, coconut, egg and a pinch of salt and combine to form a dough.
Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking parchment to about 5mm thick. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180/160ºc fan. Use a 5cm cookie cutter to cut about 20 rounds, retooling as required. use a 2cm cutter to stamp out a hole in the middle of each biscuit.
Place on a non stick baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Leave to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl and add enough boiling water to make a thick but spreadable consistency. Dive the icing into smaller bowls and add different food colouring to each.
Spread the icing over the biscuits and drizzle over a contrasting colour for the lines. To create a feathered effect drag a cocktail stick through the icing. Leave to set.