If you’re a Malaysian who grew up anywhere between the 80s and early 2000s, we bet your childhood was filled with candy biscuits. Alongside haw flakes, Paddle Pop ice creams, Apollo wafer, and Nanonano candy, these were a staple snack of our youth. Remember cutesy colourful little gem biscuits that we used to buy from the neighborhood convenience stores when we were kids? They were usually packed in tin canisters and sold by weight. The great news is that you can actually make this on your own at home! Read ahead to see how you can re-create these easy Iced Gems Biscuits!
Try Out This Iced Gems Biscuits Recipe At Home!
For those who are unfamiliar, iced gem biscuits might seem wholly unremarkable. After all, they’re just made of a basic cream cracker biscuit base, with a dollop of hardened, artificially-coloured, and some sweet icing sugar on top. Well, if you must know, these are one of the best creations ever! Things that can be used include:
Castor sugar (20 grams)
Unsalted butter (40 grams)
A pinch of salt
Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
All-purpose flour (100 grams)
Baking powder (1/2 teaspoon)
Full-cream milk (1 1/2 teaspoons)
3 egg whites (from pasteurized eggs)
Icing sugar (500 gram)
Step 1: Whisk the butter and sugar until it turns creamy. Add in the salt and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Then, add in the flour, baking powder, and full-cream milk then knead using hands until the dough forms. After that, place the dough into the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Roll the dough out until about 5mm (roughly ¼ inch) thick, then using a 2cm (¾ inch) ring mold, stamp out little discs of dough and place them onto a lined baking tray. If you don’t have ring molds, you can weigh out 4g portions of dough, roll them into little balls and lightly pinch them so they flatten out.
Step 3: Once you’ve done that for all of the dough, bake at 180°C in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until they turn a nice shade of golden brown.
Step 4: In a separate bowl, mix icing sugar, and egg whites for 7-8 minutes. Split your icing into four equal portions. Leave one plain, add the pink and green, blue and yellow colouring to the other two. Give it a good mix until the colours smooth out, and put them into piping bags with a seven-sided star nozzle (D7). Then, pipe a little dollop onto each biscuit base.
Step 5: Let the biscuits rest and the icing to firm up overnight, after which you can relive all your childhood sugar rushes through them!
It’s up to you how many colour toppings you want to use. Now that you have another snack recipe on your hands, it’s time to treat yourself to dreamy sweet iced gems biscuits!
Recipe By: @ihsanlikestoeat (Twitter)
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