Sunday, November 17, 2013

Patron Saints of Animals and Music...

{This is the final installment of the All Saints' Day cookie tutorials.}
st francis of assisi cookie decorating tutorial, patron saint of animals
Let me introduce you to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, and St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. I've always loved both of these saints.  Since my sister was a singer all through school, and a music major in college, my mom talked a lot about St. Cecilia.  I *always* think of my sister when I think of St. Cecilia.
st cecilia cookie decorating tutorial, patron saint of music

These cookies started just like the others, with inspiration from the shop Saintly Silver

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The cookies start by baking two shapes together to form one.  For both of these, I used candy corn and circle cookie cutters.  Place the cut-out shapes next to each other on the cookie sheet before baking and they will bake together to form one cookie. (I like to freeze the shapes for 5-10 minutes before baking to prevent spreading.)

To make them, you'll need:

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Use a #2 tip to outline a circle for the face in copper icing.  (You can see the start of St. Michael here, also.)  Reserve some of this piping consistency icing for later.


Thin the copper icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into a squeeze bottles.

Flood the face portion of the cookies with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

Let the icing dry at least one hour.

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On St. Francis, use a #2 tip to outline hair and a beard on the face.  Fill in the outline with the same piping consistency icing.

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Use a toothpick to swirl the icing, pulling the toothpick up to create texture.

Outline the remainder of the cookie with a #2 tips, including the halo.

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On St. Cecilia, use #2 tips to outline all of the parts of the cookie, including piping an outline for hair on top of the copper icing.

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Reserve some of the piping consistency icing for later.  Thin the brown, white, yellow, and blue icings for flooding as directed above.  Fill in the outlines.
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Let the cookies dry at least one hour.

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Use a #2 tip to pipe an outline for folded hands on St. Francis in copper icing.  Use a #2 tip to add lines for arms in brown icing.  Thin the copper icing and fill in the hands outline.  Let the icing dry for at least 30 minutes, then add the line on the hands.

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For St. Cecilia, use a #2 and #1 tips to pipe a harp in yellow icing.  Use a #2 tip to pipe detail on the blue robe.  Use a #2 or 1 tip to pipe a white headband.

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For St. Francis, use a #1 tip to add a bird on his shoulder in white icing.

Use a #1 tip to pipe eyes and a mouth on each.

Let the cookies dry uncovered 6-8 hours, or overnight.

The next day, use a pink food coloring pen to add rosy cheeks. (Warning: do not try this until the icing is COMPLETELY dry.)

st francis of assisi and st cecilia cookie decorating tutorials...part of an all saints' day set from @bakeat350
Do you know that there are patron saints for almost everything?!?

15 comments:

  1. You are amazing, hahaha, what an idea. And it's so pretty.

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  2. Lovely and simple...but I still wouldn't be able to make them! So, I was thinking....Christmas is coming...how about a Nativity, including the Three Wise Men???? Now that you've got the method for doing saints, there are sooo many opportunities!!!

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  3. Bridget- THOSE are AMAZING! I love them- they are so sweet- xo Diana

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  4. I have been enjoying these Saint Cookie tutorials! I love the Saintly Silver products and now I can make the cookies to go along with them! Thank you so much for taking the time to post these tutorials!

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  5. These precious beauties make me smile!! In my heart as well as on my face!! :)

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  6. They really look amazing! Have you ever done the Nativity cookies? I'm planning to create a gingerbread Nativity house and still have to decide if I want the characters to be cookies or 3d... Thanks for sharing this! x

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  7. I love baking and did so almost everyday before I got too busy managing a Chinese Restaurant in Capalaba area. But this seems easy to prepare, I'd love to do this on the weekend with the kids, thanks for the recipe!

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  8. I loved all of these Patron Saint cookies and have enjoyed reading the tutorials. St. Francis is one of my favourite Patron Saints. Also love St. Christopher...Patron Saint of Travelers, Soldiers, etc. My Dad always had a little statue of St. Christopher on the dashboard of his car. He had a few cars over the years but always the same statue :)
    There was a lot of little detail in all of these cookies, a lot of flooding of tiny spaces (one of my least favourite parts of decorating) so I admire all that you have created in this collection. Especially love how you did St. Francis' praying hands. Actually quite smart and it totally works. Looking forward to what you create with this series next year.

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  9. so creative and so cute! great idea.

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