As it is officially Advent and December is now here, who can resist the chance to make some festive biscuits and get in the mood for all things Christmassy!
We have been house sitting/dog sitting my parents place and my Mum keeps a well stocked larder cupboard which makes baking easy and spontaneous as I am quite sure she has everything you could possibly need for a recipie.
Our first attempt was…burned!
I also decided to try the ‘black treacle’ instead of golden syrup and I think even if I hadnt burned them they were not quite the flavour I was expecting. This recipie contained no egg, butter, flour, dark brown sugar, black treacle, bicarbante of soda, ginger and cinnamon.
So for our second attempt the following day, I decided not to use the black treacle and try the soft ‘lighter’ brown sugar. Apparently the lighter shade of brown simply reflects the amount of mollases they have added darker = more, lighter = less.
For the second attempt I used:
350g plain flour (although I had to use self raising)
75g golden syrup
200g soft brown sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
tiny pinch of salt
1 egg beaten
There are a number of recipies for christmas biscuits online, I simply took from the ones available and customised the recipies to the ingredients we had and the flavours we like.
I love to get Ayla involved in every part, she enjoyed measuring and weighing the ingredients.
Mixing the sugar and the butter was tough at first so we popped it in the microwave for a few seconds just to soften it up a bit.
Ayla is often more interested in eating the mixture than adding to it!
She absolutely loves the feel of the flour on her hands and quite happlily play with it for ages, which often results in flour everywhere!! 🙂
Once we had mixed all the ingredients together the dough was left to chill for a few minutes before we began rolling it out.
Ayla took this shot of me rolling the dough, as it is hard to take a picture and use a rolling pin at the same time!
We then used a Christmas tree cutter for our biscuit shapes, which we got free with a cbeebies magazine last year!
We placed them onto well greased baking trays, although we placed them too close together so could have done with using an extra baking tray. (The finger prints were Ayla’s ‘little touch’)
We managed to get well over 30 biscuits out of this recipie and whilst I popped them in the oven (at 170 degrees) I kept watch over them this time so as not to burn them.
I like my biscuits slightly chewy too so didnt want them to be in too long.
While they were baking, I had just enough time to clear up the mess!
We left them cooling on the side whilst we went for a muddy, blustery afternoon walk with Watson the dog!
Again I raided my Mums cupboards to find something to decorate the biscuits and there was quite a selection. I have to say though that decorating is…. interesting with a three year old!
Needless to say we only decorated a few and a certain little person managed spoon icing, sugar strands and edible glitter into her little mouth whenever she thought I wasn’t looking!
The baking started the magical feeling of Christmas, filling the house with warm spice and all things nice!
Now to put the tree up 🙂
Happy Advent Everyone xxx