Oh, I’m so happy. Oh, you’re the best Christmas present ever, Tills. Aww. And look, she’s got my name on. Mmm. Aww, baby! [Claudia chuckles] Hello, and welcome to day four of Christmastide – otherwise known as day five because I got the norovirus and took a day off. C: Is it, ‘Four French hens…’? J: Three French hens; four calling birds. C: Ah. Why are there so many birds? J: This will make sense later when we unwrap our present of the day! C: Yay! Can we do it now? J: No. J: I haven’t wrapped yours yet. C: Aww. J: But thank you very much for my gift today.
C: Yeah. J: In the form of Tilly. C: Dogs are not just for Christmas.
J: They’re for every Christmas. C: And all year through. J: I have decided that rather than the plan of what we were gonna do for the video today, blah blah blah, we would do something nice and easy and bake together. C: OK!
J: In a loving way, dear wife. C: I don’t like baking. J: No. But I do! J: So—and it’s even easier, because I got… J: Look, it’s a pre-made J: Christmas gingerbread star tree
C: Mmhm. J: from Waitrose! C: So it’s actually just–
J: Not sponsored! J: It’s really pretty. C: So it’s more of an assembly. J: You say that, but it’s a mix and then you add water to it, and then you bake it. J: So I guess that is baking. C: Ooh.
J: Ooh. J: That’s how today’s going. J: I also have edible gold stars J: so we can decorate our tree!
C: Cool! J: And it will be beautiful. J: OK. Where’s the box? [Music] J: The box has got the instructions on.
C: Thought we didn’t need that any more. J: OK! C: Can we not do it like [TV presenter voice], “You need two sachets of golden syrup; one green icing …and here’s one we made earlier!”? Da-da! End of video! [Music] J: OK.
C: No? J: But we didn’t buy two of these. C: Aww.
J: But yeah, we can go straight to that. C: I get that this is meant to be a fun activity. C: Look at Tills. She’s like how I feel. C: Aww, now you’re a wizard. J: How do you think I feel? This is the first time I’ve got outside of bed in two days. J: Inside, we’ve got the gingerbread mix. C: Check. J: Golden syrup.
C: Check. J: Royal green icing mix.
C: Check. J: Sparkly icing sugar. C: Edible gold stars?
J: No, that’s different. C: Oh. Sweet Snow, it’s called. J: Waitrose, you lied to me. J: Piping bag and stencil! J: Oh, which is inside the box. [Claudia giggles] J: Let’s do it.
C: Let’s go! J: Empty the two sachets of golden syrup and the 70 grams of unsalted butter into a deep saucepan. J: Heat on the hob (only on medium heat) until the mixture begins to boil, then remove from the heat. Chuck the gingerbread mix into the hot syrup and using a wooden spoon, mix until a dough is formed. J: Claudia! Stop eating it! J: Empty the mixture out onto the table and knead with your hands until it’s smooth. J: Be careful – it will be hot. J: Using flour to dust, roll out the dough using a rolling pin to approximately five millimetres thick. J: Cut out three of each star size using the stencils provided printed inside the carton, starting with the large and trimming each one off as you go. J: Place these onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake in the centre of a preheated oven 160 °C fan for approximately twelve minutes. J: Once baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray C: Mmm, smells good! J: Royal icing mix: J: Empty the sachet of royal icing mix into a clean [Jessica laughing loudly] C: Is this part of the narrative? J: I think I took too much cold medication and now I’m hysterical! C: …OK. J: Empty the sachet of royal icing mix into a clean, grease-free mixing bowl. J: Add twenty milligrams of cold water and beat using a wooden spoon for five minutes until it’s light in texture. J: Alternatively, use a handheld or tabletop whisk. C: Jessica got a bit distracted with hysterics. [Jessica giggles] [Jessica laughs] C: She finds it very funny. J: Consistency can be adjusted by adding either more icing sugar or water. J: Claudia added more icing sugar to make it thicker [Claudia stirring] but she didn’t sieve it, so… Good luck getting those lumps out. Place into the piping bag provided once mixed. J: I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone do this with a ladle before. [Claudia giggles] C: I wasn’t sure what you’re meant to use. J: I had hysterics and ruined my eye make-up. C: Yes.
J: No one mention anything. C: Right, so. C: How do you put this tree together? J: Using a small amount of royal icing, stick the star biscuits together starting with the largest first and rotating slightly each time you add one. C: Oh, rotating slightly?
J: Like this! J: Beautiful.
C: I think it’s like nice vice versa, isn’t it? C: Like, with each point.
J: Sure, honey. J: It’s your tree. J: I can’t even eat it. C: Awwww. J: Go with whatever. [Sad music] C: They do smell good. J: I did make those nice cookies with Stevie that I can eat, so… J: Also, I love how in that video I was like, ‘Never! I’m never gonna bake anything from a box!’ [Claudia chuckles] J: Next: once you have assembled the tree and it’s set, use the remaining royal icing to decorate the tree using the image on the front as a guide. J: Claudia?
C: Let’s have a look. C: Oh, my gaawd. C: Is there not even an image of it on the back, like a…? C: No. J: Right, so. J: Now what? C: Well… C: You can’t eat it.
J: True. C: I don’t want this entire tree
J: OK. C: I’m not a big biscuit fan. J: No.
C: Um… C: Why don’t we make, like, some little, like… gifts? J: OK! J: We’re gonna turn this failure into something else! C: Wait. C: Oh! C: It does look a little bit like a tree!
J: Wooo! C: [Inaudible]
J: OK, OK! J: We have three people we’ve not given presents to yet. J: We could make three mini trees. C: Like a Christmas bush. J: They will be receiving a shrub now. J: That’s what’s [inaudible]
C: A poinsettia! J: OK! That could work! C: Which does look like–decorate it with red icing C: Make it look like a poinsettia.
J: Yeah, no, I’m with you! We’re gonna make a Christmas poinsettia. C: Nah! C: Nah, let’s just do some layered, like, nice little star thing and then put a ribbon round. C: And a label. C: And it’ll be lovely. C: Hopefully they don’t watch our videos. C: OK, we’ve made Christmas poinsettias, everybody! J: We’ve saved Christmas, guys! C: Yay!
J: Oh, well done! J: Let’s go. J: We’re gonna start by chopping the end off this piping bag. I hope you made this icing thick enough or else it’s all gonna go horribly wrong. C: Oh dear, that is quite runny. J: Not my best work. C: I think my friends will be very impressed, you know? C: Considering that we had norovirus like only like two days ago. J: Will they, or will they be like, ‘Please don’t give me food items!’? J: We didn’t think this through.
C: True. C: [Inaudible] got so much finesse, what is going on here? J: Do you want me to get a knife and spread it on these ones, too? C: I don’t quite know what’s happened here. J: I’m just not having a good time. C: Aw.
J: I mean, this is fun. J: I’m just… C: Don’t hit yourself in the head with a knife, Christ! J: It had butter on! Now there’s butter in my hair.
C: Darling… J: Ooh.
C: Look, that looks so much neater. J: OK! J: Now, I’m too ill and I mess everything up. J: So… C: Oh, yes, it is quite glittery. J: Oh, is it? Let’s see. J: Oooo! Can I–I can…?
C: All right, you do that. J: I’ll sprinkle. C: “Can I? Can I? Can I?!” C: Yes. [Festive music] J: I mean, that’s full-on Christmas; if that’s not Christmas, I don’t know what is. C: Nah, it’s all right, let’s eat them. C: [Inaudible] [Loud crunching] [Jessica laughs] J: What have we learnt from this episode of ‘Not Baking with Jessica and Claudia’? C: That you can salvage any plan that does not go to plan if you change that plan. J: Yeah! J: Always have a malleable plan. C: Have a plan B, C, D. C: And make a–
J: Just keep moving those goal posts. C: Until it’s plan G. C: All right, presents! J: Wooo! J: Thank you! J: In today’s other failure…
C: I opened mine already! C: Because I knew what it was. J: Ahhh! J: Because it makes a noise like a bird. C: Yeah! J: Aw, angel chimes!
C: Originally Swedish. J: Yeah. C: We wait until the air heats… [Festive music] J: Thank you very much for joining us on this series of misadventures. C: I love how this one just adds to it. C: All good things come to those who wait, my love. J: …Huh? C: All good things come to those who wait. J: Join us tomorrow… for hopefully better results. C: Maybe plan A. J: Yeah. J: Also, feel free to subscribe if you’re not already but you’ve somehow made it through to this part of the video. J: It’s been a day.