Buying a perfect rosy little sugar mouse is all well and good; our cheeky sugar mice are very dear to us indeed. However, if you're after a more rustic, satisfyingly homemade sugar mouse, then here's the recipe you need to create your own mischief of mice.
It is really quite straight forward and doesn't take much time at all, great for getting kids involved too.
You will need:
About 300g Icing Sugar
1 Egg White
Food Colouring and Flavoured Essences (of your choice, but not essential)
Choc Drops/small spherical sweets (for eyes)
String or Ribbon
1) Separate the egg whites from the yolk (the yolk is not needed), and beat the whites so that they are frothy but not stiff.
2) Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and add the egg whites, mixing them together until they form a firm paste which can be kneaded. (I added the whites in stages for this. If the mixture becomes too wet just add in some extra icing sugar). You can also add a drop or two of food colouring at this stage and any flavoured essences you'd like.
3) Separate the paste into 'mouse size' portions (I got 8 out of mine), and roll each into an oval shape, pinching the narrower end to form a nose.
4) Lay them out (I placed mine on kitchen roll to avoid sticking), add string/ribbon tails and decorate with sweetie eyes. Officially sugar mice have dainty little food colouring eyes, but I went for some rather chunkier 'Millions' sweets for mine. I think it adds some character :)
5) Leave them to set (keep an eye on them to make sure they don't start misbehaving!) and then enjoy!