Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pink Ribbon and Heart Vanilla Biscuits

This month is is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Breast Cancer is currently the most common female cancer in the UK, with nearly 48,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a charity dedicated to saving lives by finding the causes of breast cancer, improving detection, diagnosis, treatment and services. Each October they raise vital funds and awareness.

There are LOADS of things we can do to help support Breakthrough Breast Cancer this month. The brilliant Breakthrough Breast Cancer shop invites you to shop to stop breast cancer. Many of the shops on the High Street have produced many beautiful items, all listed here with a percentage of each sale heading straight to the charity. Breakthrough's Events Calendar lists all the fundraising occurring this month, from skydiving to fine dining to arts festivals and auctions. There is also a plethora of Go Pink fundraising ideas on the website. 

And of course you can bake! Avon have produced a lovely baking set, perfect for showing your support for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The bake set consists of a pink ribbon and a heart shaped cutter, as well as six silicone cupcake holders, the set retails at just £5.  Of this, £1.25 is donated directly to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and all remaining proceeds to not-for-profit projects. 

PS: Over at Maison Cupcake Sarah is asking her readers to help raise funds. Please help Sarah support such an important cause. 

Vanilla biscuits 
(from the Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits)

Makes 24 biscuits

350g plain flour
100g self raising flour
125g granulated sugar
125g salted butter, at room temperature and diced
125g golden syrup
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper

1. Sift the flours together in a mixing bowl, add the sugar and mix well
2. Add the butter and using your fingers rub the ingredients together until they resemble fine breadcrumbs
3. Make a well in the centre, add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Using a wooden spoon bring the ingredients gently together until they are thoroughly mixed
4. Place the dough onto a lightly floured worksurface and using a lightly floured rolling pin roll the dough out to approximately 5mm in thickness
5. Using the cutters, cut out the desired shapes and place on the prepared baking sheets, ensuring the biscuits are evenly spaced out
6. Cook for 14-18 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly golden in colour and evenly cooked

Baker's notes...

  • The dough can be chilled until ready to use
  • I iced these biscuits with pink ready-to-use regal ice


  1. Thanks for the mention :-)

    You know I think Avon already stopped selling the cookie sets - shame as the ribbon cookie cutter will be really useful!

  2. Thank you for your support of BCA Month!


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