My mate, Colette, has just been on holiday to the Motherland and came back bearing a haul of gifts for me (more in this month’s IMK post). Thanks, Colette. One of my gifts was this customisable cookie stamp. I thought it was a hoot. I immediately got all the letters out and started playing. It’s Maus’ birthday in a couple of days so I decided to construct “Happy birthday”. You can imagine my anguish when I got to “day” only to find there was not a second “Y”. I was pretty pissed off – “pathetic,” I thought. I was especially grumpy since the packaging showed a stamp bearing the message, ” Happy 5th Bday!” which, as you can see, needs two “Ys”. Because I couldn’t make “Happy Birthday”, I went for the above sycophantic message.
Now, I am old enough for this to get up my nose and have enough time on my hands to do something about it. A stern email was whizzed off to the UK before you could say, “Where’s my second Y?” That was on a Sunday and we are 8:00+ GMT… so you can imagine my surprise when, late Monday, I received an email from Suck UK. Yes, that is the brand of my customisable cookie stamp.
It appears that Suck UK are aware that a certain batch did not have two “Ys”. They apologised and offered to send me another stamp, not just the extra “Y”, as I indicated they should.
Would you believe it? On the next Friday, a new stamp with two Ys and this cool corkscrew was in my mail box in Bridgetown. That is pretty good customer service. It appears that Suck UK does not suck, after all.
Since I had two stamps and more than enough Ys, I made “Happy Birthday” on the second stamp.
I was already pleased with myself but thought I would take my pleasure to a whole new level and make some biscuits to see whether the stamp actually worked.
The tricky thing with biscuit moulds is finding a recipe which will hold the impression once the biscuit is cooked . My stamp came with a recipe. I figured if it was going to work, it would have the most chance of success with the recipe provided so I decided to give it a go.
- 250g butter, cubed (because of the salt in the recipe, I used unsalted. I guess you could skip the salt and use salted butter)
- 140g caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 300g plain flour
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Put the flour, baking power, sugar and salt into your food processor and give it a whizz or two.
- Add the butter and process until the mixture looks crumbly.
- Add the egg and vanilla essence and process until the dough comes together.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and set aside in the fridge for, at least, one hour.
- Make golf ball-size balls. Because Maus wasn’t here to make me nice, even-sized balls, I weighed out 30g of dough for each biscuit.
- Flatten the dough to, roughly, the size of the stamp.
- Press the stamp onto the dough. You don’t need to press down too much because the letters are quite deep.
- To neaten it up, cut around biscuit with a scone cutter. Make extra biscuits with the off-cuts.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and put the biscuits on the tray.
- Put the trays in the fridge for, at least, 30 minutes. I find if you take this extra step, you will get a better impression on the cooked biscuit.
- Preheat your oven to 190°C.
- Bake until lightly golden, about 6-8 minutes.
- Leave on the tray for a couple minutes to harden then transfer to a cake rack.
Here is the end result. Not bad, if I say so myself. I am sure a little kiddie would love some biscuits with his or her name, or a birthday wish, on them. All in all, my verdict is “The stamp is a bit of fun” and thumbs up to a company that actually responds to complaints in an efficient and polite manner. BTW, the biscuits are very nice and are worth making, even if you don’t have a stamp. In that case, I would roll the dough and cut out the biscuits with a scone cutter.
Just because I could and Maus is not here to stop me 😀