I don’t bake very often, it doesn’t always turn out well, but it’s half term holidays here and Zac wanted to bake on our day together. I’ll share the ‘how’ right now being as these actually turned out OK. No one more surprised than me:
They planned it to the last detail – the boys on their ‘all about me‘ days this week. They both stayed the night at Grannies and Zac returned home the next morning to spend a quality day with yours truly. Blake had planned a full day of transport fun dragging Grannie from buses, to trams and then trains, trams and buses again. Zac had a more relaxing day with me mapped out which started with a few cartoons and a cuddle, followed by a couple of games of Star Wars Monopoly, then baking, lunch, drawing and colouring in (with themes chosen by Zac) and finally a snuggle on the sofa watching Star Wars The Force Awakens. Did I enjoy it too? Course I flippin’ well did.
But this is all about the baking of biscuits. Or is it now cookies? When I was a little girl it was biscuits – but now there are cookies and biscuits and it’s all a bit confusing so of course I ‘googled’ it!
In the UK, a cookie is a soft, squishy, moist biscuit (for lack of a better word). British cookies tend to be bigger and more substantial than a British biscuit. In the US, a cookie covers both what the British would call a biscuit and a cookie.
Urgh – it used the word ‘moist’!
Anyway – back to my baking sesh with Zac. Often when we instigate baking, once the ingredients and utensils are out the boy or boys disappear leaving me to it, returning when the pots have been washed to grab a bite to eat and state their claim to ‘helping’ with phrases like ‘we did good didn’t we Mummy?’ or ‘wait ’til Daddy sees what we baked’. On this occasion, Zac helped with everything. Which may explain in the better than normal results!
I’ll add the recipe at the end if you’d like to have a go yourself. I didn’t take photos of the baking stage because I had no idea Zac would choose to hang around. So here we go from the icing! I did buy pre-made ready to roll blue fondant icing and Zac loved rolling it out. Could he gets his sleeves any higher up I wonder?
This is such a simple way to decorate a biscuit/cookie. Just roll the icing out thinly, cut out with a scallop edge cookie cutter and then hand the boy the cookie press. The one ‘we’ used is from a retired set by Stampin’ Up! and I’m glad I hung on to them as they get a lot of use.
Once Zac had cut out the scallop icing shapes he loved pressed the handle and press down onto the icing to make the embossed pattern of the snowflake.
See, it’s like a bit of bakery witchcraft! Magical things happening to an otherwise boring blob of icing:
We ‘glued’ them to the biscuits/cookies by making a little mix of icing sugar and lemon juice, brushed on the biscuits/cookies then gently pop the decorated icing on top. Finally, a gold star pushed into the centre for a pretty finish.
And a close up:
We made 15 yesterday and there are only 5 left. I’ll admit to eating one – I suspect The Spark has taken more than one in his lunch bag to work. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to have a go yourself:
100g/3½oz unsalted butter softened at room temperature
100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
275g/10oz plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 packet ready to roll fondant icing
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until combined.
Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.
Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.
Using biscuit cutters, cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
Mix lemon juice and icing sugar to a runny consistency
Decorate as in blog post!
See you soon