Make your own stained glass window
Be inspired by Charles Paine's Stained Glass Windows and create your own!
Charles Paine was a poster designer who moved to Welwyn Garden City in 1936. He was commissioned by the Welwyn Garden City Company to produce a series of posters encouraging people to move and live in the town. The most famous of these are known as the Four Seasons showing that the town was a great place to live all year round. He also designed stained glass windows for churches and homes.
Here's how you can make your own:
Bake a stained glass biscuit!
Sunflower oil for greasing
225g Mill Green Wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting
175g Softened butter
100g Unrefined caster sugar
20-30 Boiled sweets in different colours
1.Preheat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/Gas 3
2.Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment
3.Use the stained-glass window template found on the Mill Green website www.millgreenmuseum.co.uk for the shape or design your own shape on card
4.Mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl, using a wooden spoon and beat until smooth.
5.Add the flour to the butter and sugar mixture and bring the dough together with your hands
6.Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface using a rolling pin until about 5mm thick
7.Using the template cut around the shape and then cut out the middle of the shape leaving 1cm of biscuit around the edge. You can add strips of dough inside the template to make divisions if you like at this stage
8.Arrange on the baking sheets as you go leaving a space for each to spread slightly.
9.Separate the boiled sweets into their colours and put each colour into a plastic or preferably a paper bag and crush using a rolling pin to make into fine grains.
10.Place different coloured grains into the middle of the template so they are level and touching other colours and the edges of the biscuit dough
11.If you want to hang the biscuits on an Easter Tree, then pierce a hole at the top with a cocktail stick that you will put thread through before you hang them
12.Bake for 12-15 minutes or until pale golden and the sweet grains have melted.
13.Leave to stand for about 5 minutes to cool slightly and then transfer to a cooling rack to firm up
14.You can pipe a dark coloured icing over the 'window' (see example below)
The melted sweets will be very hot when they come out of the oven so please supervise children if they are making these.