I had some rare one on one time with Little 1 last Friday, she had an inset day at school and Little 2 was at playgroup in the afternoon, I asked her what she wanted to do and she wanted to bake. We decided to make some biscuits to take to our friends who we were staying with over the weekend.
The recipe we used was one from a cook book that I was given as a birthday present when I was 7 or 8 and I have made them many many times, they are really yummy and simple.
|Image: My First Cook Book-Dorling Kindersley|
275g plain flour
1 level teaspoon baking powder
1 small egg
50g golden syrup
100g soft brown sugar
1 dessertspoon cinnamon
Method: Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl then add the butter at room temperature chopped up into small pieces. With your fingers combine the butter with the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (in our house we call this tickling the mixture, Little 1 loves to do this bit).
|Tickling the mixture!|
Next beat an egg in a small bowl and add to it the golden syrup until the mixture is smooth, make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly add the eggy syrup mix, stir until a ball of dough is formed. Little 1 likes to do it all herself, I love the look of concentration on her face. I did have to help when it became too stiff for her though.
To make it easier to roll out put it in a bag or wrapped in clingfilm in the fridge for 30 minutes. Little 1 decided she wanted to make heart shaped biscuits for her friends but out of all the cutters we had that was the one shape we hadn't got so I suggested we make fairy biscuits (al a Christmas angel cutter!) and she chose to do star shaped ones too.
Our cut out shapes were placed on a baking tray and baked at 170 degrees for 10-15 minutes. I took them out of the oven as they began to go brown and they were still soft as they harden as they cool and they are rather tasty slightly soft we think.
Once they were cool, and Little 2 was home from playgroup we set about decorating them. I had found some purple food colouring at the shops so we had pale lilac icing and lots of sprinkles. The Little ones were given free reign with the icing and sprinkles so the biscuits were well covered!
They did look rather good when they were finished and we all couldn't wait to have a taste, the ones with the most sprinkles went first! We took the rest of our biscuits to our friends as a Thank You for having us over the weekend, everyone loved them, they didn't last long.