Keep the kids busy over the Christmas period with this project created by Hannah Wiltshire for Tala cookware.
Christmas tree snow globe
You will need:
For the biscuits:
- Different shaped gingerbread biscuits, including some baked onto cocktail sticks and kebab sticks (check they will fit in your jar before decorating!)
- red and white royal icing
- ready-to-roll icing, coloured green
- granulated sugar, for the 'snow'
- mini rolling pin
- Tala Set of 3 Christmas Tree Cutters
- Tala Set of 5 Snowflake Cutters
- pastry brush
- 2 x Tala Piping Set with 6 nozzles
- Tala Snowflake Plunger Cutters Set
- Large Tala Copper Wire Clip Top Jar
- ribbon/decorations of your choice
- On a surface dusted with icing sugar, thinly roll out the green ready-to-roll icing. Cut out as many shapes as you have tree-shaped biscuits using the same (cleaned and dried) cutters that you used to cut out the biscuits. Allow the shapes to dry slightly to make them easier to handle. Repeat with the white ready-to-roll icing for the snowflake biscuits.
- Brush the surface of each biscuit with a very small amount of water, then attach the ready-to-roll icing shapes to each biscuit, using your fingers to smooth the icing.
- Fit a piping bag with the No.4 writing nozzle and fill with white royal icing. Pipe garlands, fairy lights and dots onto the trees. Repeat with a second piping bag filled with red royal icing, then set the biscuits aside to dry fully.
- Using the snowflake plunger cutters, cut several tiny snowflakes. Attach a snowflake to the centre of each biscuit snowflake and allow to dry.
- Create 'falling' snowflakes on the inside of the jar by slightly dampening the surface of the snowflake and carefully attaching with your fingers. Complete the jar scene by pouring granulated sugar 'snow' into the bottom of the jar.
- Position the Christmas trees and snowflakes inside the jar and decorate with ribbon, Christmas baubles, handmade tags and anything else you find festive.