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Royal pastry chef shares recipe for festive cinnamon stars


A royal bake (Picture: @RoyalFamily)

Get your baking hat on, because the Royal Family just shared the sweetest video to inspire your next Christmas recipe.

It involves cinnamon, a star cutter, and cheery music – there isn’t a combination of things more suitably Christmas than this.

It’s only right that the Royal Family form some part of Christmas, with the Queen’s speech the most obvious highlight in the calendar.

But their newly published recipe is worth making time for too.

On social media, the accounts representing The Royal Family posted: ‘Want to make your own “Cinnamon Stars”? The Royal pastry chefs at Buckingham Palace are excited to share their recipe with you!’

They also posted a video to help guide you through baking, with the visuals giving a good indication of how your mixture should look.

It’ll take more time to prep this recipe than it will for the actual bake, and once made they’ll keep for up to two months.

Happy baking.

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Ingredients

  • 360g icing sugar
  • 85g egg white
  • 20g lemon juice
  • 300g ground almonds
  • 115g mixed peel
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • 12g ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
Fold the components in (Picture: @RoyalFamily)

Method

  1. Blitz the mixed peel into a paste-like texture, set aside.
  2. Whip the icing sugar, egg white with lemon juice into a soft peak meringue. Take 1/3 out and keep aside to top the dough with a thin layer later.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients into the larger part of meringue and combine to a dough-like texture.
  4. Knead the dough together with your hands and flatted onto a baking paper lined baking tray. Placing a sheet of baking paper on top, roll it down to about 1cm thickness.
  5. Remove paper from the top and spread a thin layer of meringue over the dough. Keep it as smooth as possible.
  6. Rest the sheet of dough in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
  7. Remove the dough from fridge and start cutting it into shapes with a knife or cutters. Be creative. Stars & Diamond shapes work well. To use the cinnamon star cutter or round cutter, a bowl of hot water is required. Dip the cutter into the water first and in between cutting the shapes. This helps to release the cookie easily from the cutter.
  8. Bake in the oven at 160C fan for 12-15 minutes. Best is to bake with bottom heat only so that the top stays white and does not discolour. Cookie is baked when you are gently able to lift the edges of the paper. The centre should still be soft and sticky. 
  9. Leave to cool for about 30 min before removing from tray. 
  10. Keep in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

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