While going home for the weekend, I thought I’d make use of a well-stocked kitchen (student kitchens are often lacking in anything that isn’t a Pot Noodle and a fork) and make some Poké Ball inspired biscuits! I created simple vanilla biscuits topped with royal icing and dark chocolate for the central lines. These are really easy to make, if a little time consuming, so even if you’re not a whizz in the kitchen you can enjoy some nerdy snacks!
- 100g unsalted butter – left at room temperature
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 275g plain flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 480g icing sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1tsp lemon juice
- 100g dark chocolate – melted
- Red food colouring
- Preheat the oven to 375F/Gas 5/190C. Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Mix butter and sugar until combined.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until combined.
- Stir in flour until the mixture comes together as dough – I did this bit with my hands, which was a lot easier than messing around with a wooden spoon!
- Roll out your dough on a floured surface until it’s about 1cm/½in thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut as many shapes as you can out – or if you’re like me, realise you don’t have any circular cutters and use a wine glass instead!
- Bake for around 10 minutes, or until they’re a golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice together.
- Gradually add in the icing sugar until it’s combined – you’re looking for a syrupy consistency – it should be runny, but sticky and thick.
- Divide your icing into two bowls, adding red food colouring to one. – I actually divided my ingredients into two and mixed one batch at a time to save one drying out when I was working with the other.
- Fill your piping bag (fitted with a no. 2 tip) with one colour – I recommend starting with red – and pipe a semi-circle onto each of your cookies.
- Once this border has dried slightly fill the middle in, using a cocktail stick to spread the icing to the edges and allow to dry.
- Once dried, repeat steps 11 and 12 with the other colour.
- Fill your piping bag with the melted chocolate (or black icing if you want to be true to the Pokeball), pipe a line across the middle of your biscuits and put a small circle in the middle. Allow to dry.
- Put a smaller circle of white icing in the middle of each chocolate circle. Allow to dry – I didn’t, I had to taste one straight away!
I didn’t quite get the right colour red for my icing and my lines could have been a bit neater, but overall I’m quite happy with how they ended up – and they certainly taste great!