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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 7 Winter 2008

Crumbs, its Christmas!

Christmas biscuits

Try this festive recipe

You will need

4oz/100g softened butter
2oz/50g caster sugar
5oz/150g self-raising flour, sieved A few drops of vanilla essence
Christmas biscuit cutters or home made templates

What to do

Cream the butter and sugar, then work in the sieved flour and vanilla essence. On a lightly floured work surface, with a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to about in/5mm. Cut out the biscuits. Make a hole in the top of each with a skewer so that you can hang them on the Christmas tree with ribbon or string. Put the biscuits on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes in a moderate oven (350F/180C/Gas 4) until pale golden and just firm to touch. Remove them from the oven, let them cool for a minute or two, and with a palette knife gently lift them on to a wire rack. Decorate the biscuits with white glac icing and sprinkles, hundreds and thousands, a jelly tot or a half glac cherry.

The Christmas life

Christmas tree Bring in a tree, a young Norwegian spruce,
Bring hyacinths that rooted in the cold.
Bring winter jasmine as its buds unfold
Bring the Christmas life into this house.
Bring red and green and gold, bring things that shine,
Bring candlesticks and music, food and wine.
Bring in your memories of Christmas past.
Bring in your tears for all that you have lost.
Bring in the shepherd boy, the ox and ass,
Bring in the stillness of an icy night,
Bring in the birth, of hope and love and light.
Bring the Christmas life into this house.

From If I Don't Know by Wendy Cope (Faber & Faber, 2001)