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Friday Food: Snowballs or Boules De Neige

If you want a gluten and dairy free recipe, then this is the one for you!! It can be egg free as well if you use one of the vegan egg substitutes. They are definitely not nut free though.

I didn't take a photo of the snowballs at the end and in searching for one I found that Margaret Fulton has at least two versions of this family heirloom and Christmas keepsake handwritten recipe. Oh the hyperbole of advertising: and when you embroider a recipe's origin, you should keep track of the embroidery advertising people!!!

I'm using the version in the December Taste.com.au Magazine.

But first, I am so excited about my gingerbread biscuits. I used my fondant plunger cutters and made these:

Gingerbread starry biscuits

I baked the biscuits and let them cool, then rolled the fondant quite thin and cut out a snowflake. I left the snowflake in the cutter, dabbed the top of the biscuits with cold water and then positioned the plunger cutter over the biscuit. I lined up the six arms and then pressed the plunger. Snowflakes away!!!

I need more of these plunger fondant cutters!!!

 

Snowflakes    makes 16  (Version 1)

  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 egg-white or egg substitute- read the instructions on the box
  • extra icing sugar for rolling

Preheat the oven to 160*C and line a baking tray.

The mixing

Combine the nuts, icing sugar and egg-white in a bowl and mix to a firm dough. If it is a little sticky add a sprinkling of nut meal.

The rolling

I weighed my dough and I could make 16 x 25g snowballs. I love my digital scales. Roll into balls and then smother with the extra sifted icing sugar. Roll them about a bit to coat them.

The baking

Place on the tray and bake for about 10 minutes. Mine took 15. They should be puffed and cracked. Cool and then store in an airtight container.

Snowballs

Photo and recipe via SBS

You can find Version 2 here.

Comments

Catherine Roberts

Oh what are these cutters you speak of???? Oh BTW those snow flakes look good,Ive been gifted a ginger bread man with piped icing at work,I left it there today but will take a pic next week!!have to find out who left them!!

Lois

I love your Christmas baking Cindy :) These snowballs sound so simple that even I couldn't mess them up!

DrK

yuuuuuuum. and also SO CUTE! what an awesome invention those cutters are! i have made chocolate versions of those snowballs and they are divine. must add these to my list.

RoseRed

Your gingerbread snowflake biscuits look fantastic! Too good to eat!

Kristen

The snowflakes look impressive and yummy! I'm in baking mode too- but had a disaster today when I doubled a molasses cookie recipe that we love and accidentally 'double doubled' the amount of butter- yuck!

Cakelaw

Both cookies look wonderful, but the snowflakes have my heart. They are gorgeous!

Judy Edmonds

Dear Cindy, I hope you and the labs had a lovely Christmas <3 Love from Judy

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