When you’re looking for that perfect gift it can often feel overwhelming and as time goes by you resort to that ‘go to’ gift. Today I’m sharing with you the most gorgeous, mouthwatering, beautifully made personalised biscuits from the Biscuiteers Baking Company. Whether you’re looking for collection tins, thank you or personalised gifts, you’re guaranteed to find something suitable.
Haven’t heard of the Biscuiteers? I hadn’t until February this year when as a thank you for taking part in promoting Dinah Jefferies novel, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter, I received one of their personalised biscuits (confession, it took me ages to eat – I didn’t want to ruin that beautiful design).
If the receiver of your gift feels half as good as I did you really are on to a winner.
Who are the Biscuiteer Baking Company?
Starting with an idea by husband and wife team, Harriet Hastings and Stevie Congdon, the Biscuiteers have grown enormously from their launch online in 2007 but they still make and ice their biscuits in exactly the same way. The biscuits remain handmade and you can tell by the designs and attention to detail that many of their icers are artists. As well as selling to customers, they also collaborate with brands and design limited editions.
In October 2012 the first Biscuit Boutique & Icing Cafe in Notting Hill opened, followed by their Northcote Road boutique in December 2014. Showcasing the much-loved Biscuiteers biscuit, chocolate and cake collections, the Boutiques are also drop-in icing cafes where they hold themed icing lessons, children’s icing parties and run the Biscuiteers School of Icing where you can be taught by expert icers to ice like a Biscuiteer.
Prices range from £6 for a single biscuit to £39.50 for a collection tin.
Where can you buy your Biscuiteers biscuit? You’ll find in the online shop not only biscuits but chocolates too. The biscuits are also stocked in Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, The Conran Shop, as well as Colette and le Grand Epicerie in Paris.
We were sent the Rosh Hashana tin to try out. Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins this year on 3rd October. As you would expect, the biscuits represent Jewish symbols and Jewish greetings relating to this celebration. The tin is lightweight and sturdy with a relevant design too.
Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and the eating of symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”.
The first couple of layers in our tin had a subtle taste of ginger and the bottom two, vanilla. Both flavours were a hit in our house. The crunchy icing blends in with the biscuit beautifully and melts in the mouth.
Biscuit: flour, butter, sugar, golden syrup, pasteurised egg (and depending on the collection – best cocoa powder, vanilla pods or all spice).
Icing: icing sugar, water, meriwhite meringue powder, food colours*.
Crunchy sugar: confectioner’s glaze, carnuba wax, food colours*.
Allergy advice: contains wheat gluten, eggs and milk. The biscuits are made in kitchens where products are made that include nuts and sesame seeds.
Natural and naturally derived colours are used wherever possible (carmine, carotene, beetroot extract, red cabbage blue, paprika, carbon and caramelised sugar) but may contain up to four of the following: E129, E124, E122, E104, E110, E133, E155, E153, E102.
Gluten free is available for some biscuits (not the Rosh Hashana tin).
The biscuits are mixed, chilled and then hand cut using special cutters before being baked in a bespoke baker’s oven and cooled on wire racks before being iced and packed into Biscuiteers tins.
Baked daily, the biscuits will stay fresh if unopened for up to three months.
The Biscuiteers have just introduced delivery seven days a week AND they deliver worldwide. No need to panic anymore for that last minute gift!
We were really impressed with the attention to detail of the icing, the depth of the biscuit as well as how fabulous they tasted. These personalised biscuits are highly recommended by the Goodwin household.
If you’re interested in trying out baking Biscuiteers biscuits yourself, there are lots of recipes and templates in their book, Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits.
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