Monday, February 14, 2011

Two-Tone Butterfly Biscuits

Inspired by my time in the country with my Nanna, I decided today to make some butterfly-shaped biscuits.  Maryborough may well be a quiet little town but it has a lot of interesting wildlife and fauna.  In fact, my Nanna used to live on, and manage, a Rose Farm in Maryborough.  I loved running around her farm with her dogs and perhaps spotting the occasional kangaroo.  And of course, admist all her beautiful roses you can imagine there were plenty of butterflies, grubs and insects.  So today I flicked through my cookbook and came across a recipe called "Two-tone biscuits" involving both a chocolate and vanilla dough.  What better insect is there to embody the two-tone style biscuit than a beautiful butterfly?
Makes rougly 25. 

Ingredients
125g unsalted butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 egg
1 2/3 cup plain flour
1 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
50g dark chocolate, melted

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced) and prepare to baking trays.  Using electric beaters, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy.  Add egg and beat until smooth.  Add sifted plain flour and cornflour and mix with spoon until well combined.  Divide the mixture evenly and place into 2 separate bowls.  Only add cocoa powder and melted chocolate to one portion of dough; mix well.  Wrap the dough portions separately in plastic wrap and refrdigerate for 30 minutes, or until firm. 
Roll dough portions separately between sheets of baking paper or on a floured surface; about 5mm thick.  Use two different sized cookie cutters (but same shape eg. 2 butterflies, one being large, one being small).  Cut large shapes from each sheet of dough, then take the smaller cutter and cut a shape from inside the large dough shape; swape inner shapes and assemble to make two-tone biscuits.  Place on prepared tray and bake for around 12 minutes, or until just golden.  Cool on tray. Store in airtight container for up to 4 days.  Recipe from Homestyle Cookies, Muffins + Cakes.

Nanna and her roses circa. 1960


2011, Rose Farm - new owners - but still a nostalgic visit for me.

39 comments:

  1. Brittany, I suspect your Nana would be thrilled to know you remember her so fondly. Your cookies are wonderful. Your memories and photos are a treasure. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  2. I"d love two with my coffee in the morning, but you'll have to bake them! :)
    V

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  3. A lovely story and your nanna was a real beauty! I really like this-it's such a clever idea! :D

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  4. I'm glad you had a good time in Maryborough! I have been antisipating your return so I can see more of your beautiful creations! I love everything you make! Keep the recipes comming!

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  5. Brittany what a lovely job you have done here. They are great. Diane

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  6. Love those butterfly cookies, they look so cute!

    Maria
    x

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  7. Beautiful looking biscuits, you almost wouldn't want to eat them so as not to spoil them!

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  8. These pictures are stunning... And I have to tell you, these cookies looks perfect to me, vanilla and chocolate, perfect!

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  9. Yum! beautiful looking biscuits! That picture of your nanna is wonderful.

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  10. Too pretty to eat! Although, I probably would manage.

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  11. So pretty! I love the photos of your Nanna. MCBx

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  12. What a lovely post. :)
    Your cookies are very impressive! Two tone cookies are not easy to execute.

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  13. Brittany, the cookies are lovely but the remembrance of your sweet Nanna is even better. She looks beautiful in the garden of roses and I am glad that you are able to re-visit that special place.

    Bises,
    G

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  14. They are lovely and a fantastic way to take a trip down memory lane. Which book did you gain inspiration from (not that I need another book to add to my wishlist lol)

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  15. Thaese cookies, yum! I could play with them!!!

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  16. Wow these are so cute! I have to go and buy some butterfly cutters now! I suppose I could make them with my heart cookie cutters.

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  17. How cute these cookies are! I so enjoy your description of your Nanna and your childhood days on the farm. I lived in Australia a long time ago; we used to see quite a bit of wild life.

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  18. Great memories you share with your Nanna. She is very pretty and her roses must have been beautiful. I would love to visit Australia someday. I cannot imagine seeing a kangaroo....I would love that.

    Your cookies are beautiful. What a great idea to make two-tone. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have to definitely make these:)

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  19. That is such a beautiful picture of your Nana! And the cookies are so cute too - I love them!

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  20. Beautiful two-tone cookies! I love the photo of your Nanna and her roses. :)

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  21. Such pretty cookies and great photo

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  22. These are gorgeous, what a great idea. x

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  23. They look fantastic - and yes I think the butterfly was the perfect choice for 2 tone biscuits.

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  24. Your cookies are beautiful, and so was your grandma!

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  25. These cookies are adorable! For next year's Valentine's, you could use heart shaped cookie cutters and do the same thing :o) And what a lovely picture of your grandmother!

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  26. Those cookies are so neat and pretty. I love your idea of making bi-colored butterflies.

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  27. Beautiful! I'm better at cookie dough than at decorating cookies so this approach might be a life-saver for me! :)

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  28. They look lovely, and your picture of your Nanna with her roses is really sweet.

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  29. Omg what a fantastic idea! I love the dual tones (and flavors).

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  30. C'est trop joli! Bravo pour ta recette!

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  31. WOW! Those cookies look amazing and so pretty! I just stopped by to thank you for your comments on my blog :) I'll be sure to check out more of your creations, they look amazing so far!

    Kerri
    http://kerriandherblog.blogspot.com

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