Thursday, 7 March 2013

Cherry and Vanilla Cream Jammie 'Red Nose' Biscuits

This coming Friday, March 15th, is Red Nose Day. And there are about a billion ways to do your bit. 

That may be a teeny exaggeration, but it isn't just about sitting in a bath full of cold baked beans a la fundraising in the '80s!

(In any case these days surely it would be a combination of mung and borlotti bean rather than the humble baked bean?).

But enough about beans! You could buy some fancy pants mugs, quaff away with Wine Relief, munch on some Menu Relief or acquire yourself a lovely new apron.

And of course there was The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. Relive the moment when Claudia flirted with a somewhat flustered Mr Silver-Hollywood-Fox himself over the self-raising flour. When Bob baked that inspired Baker St tube cake. Or when Jo Brand demonstrated to the entire nation the most unconventional way of softening butter ever.

If you fancy following in the footsteps of Jo, Claudia, Ellie, Bob and Edd, Queen Mary of Berry has put together a snazzy little Bake Off Kit complete, of course,  with tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded soggy bottom. 

Meanwhile I got my mitts on this lovely little book: The Great Comic Relief Bake Off Book

And inspired by a recipe for Jammie Dodgers in the book here is my version:

Cherry and Vanilla Cream Jammie Red Nose Biscuits

For the biscuits:
175g plain flour
50g self-raising flour
75g golden caster sugar
75g unsalted cold butter
75g golden syrup
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod

For the filling:1 tbsp custard powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g Fairtrade icing sugar
50g soft unsalted butter
1 tsp boiling water
6 tbsps of homemade cherry jam

1.Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper
2. Place the flours and sugar into a  bowl and mix to combine. Dice the butter and add to the bowl. Using your fingertips rub the butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 

3. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, add the egg yolk, vanilla and syrup. Mix, initally with a spoon, then your hands to form a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for at least twenty minutes
4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 4mm on a surface dusted with flour. Dip a circular biscuit cutter into a little flour and cut out the shapes. Using a smaller 1 cm circular cutter cut out 'red noses' in half the biscuits. Using a skewer prick around the outside of the biscuits as decoration
5. Space well apart on the prepared baking sheets and b
ake for 15 minutes or until golden in colour 
6. To make the vanilla cream: pop the custard powder, vanilla powder and icing sugar into the food processor and pulse briefly to combine. Add the butter and blitz together until a smooth cream forms, adding a little boiling water if required. Sandwich two biscuits together with about 1tbsp of custard cream and jam

Baker's notes...
  • These are sweet squidgy biscuits, perfect for a bake sale
  • For loads more information on how to get involved and to find out where all the lovely monies raised goes read on here...


  1. Oh yum, jammy dodgers! I always used to love those, but only the proper ones, with both a jammy bit and a creamy bit - none of this jam-only business. Yours look lovely, and a great way to raise funds for a good cause.

  2. Ooh, I am partial to a jammy dodger! Love the stitched look you've put around your biscuits - very pretty!

  3. I am making some cakes for a cake sale on Friday and think these would also go down very well. I shall give them a try!

  4. Your cookies look delicious. I like the idea of a Red Nose Day :)

  5. Is this a custard cream and jammie dodger combined? YUM!!

  6. These are rally sweet! They look like buttons, and I love red nose day, everyone in work has their on and it's brilliant =]

  7. Ooh yum, I do have a weakness for jammy dodgers and home made ones are the best.

  8. Trying to comment a third time! I LOVE these Kate and have just posted a jammie dodger recipe myself, it's all of these seasonal red noses!! Yours look divine and what a lovely idea to use cherry jam, I might try that flavour next time! Karen

  9. A great idea for red nose day! They look great! I had fun making smiley face cupcakes for red nose day!

  10. What lovely little biscuits...the combination of vanilla cream and cherry jam sounds so tasty and the appearence is very simple yet very effective...and all for a good cause! :-)

  11. These are so pretty and dainty! They sound very difficult to resist, perfect for the good cause.


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