These winter months can be hard going keeping the kids amused. With half term coming fast I thought I would include a fun (but messy) activity to keep the kids busy. This recipe is very easy, quick and versatile.
Shortbread Biscuits (will make approx 24)
110g caster sugar
360g plain flour
- Heat the oven to gas mark 5 (190C)
- Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth
- Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste
- Turn onto a floured work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm thick
- Cut into rounds (or use any shape cutter you like)
- If you want plain shortbread biscuits sprinkle with caster sugar
- Bake in the oven for 10-15 mins or until pale golden
- Leave on the baking tray for a few minutes
- Transfer to a wire tray to cool
For dairy free biscuits use Stork block margarine instead of butter. For Gluten/wheat use half ground almonds and half Doves GF plain flour to replace the flour and 2 tsp Zanthum Gum (although they can be a little fragile). You can also add cocoa powder or cinnamon for a floured biscuit.
100g (4oz) icing sugar – sieved
15ml spoon (1 tbsp) hot water
Use a little hot water to melt the sugar thoroughly and then add more water gradually, stirring after each addition until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Only add a little water at a time as it is easier and more economical to thin glace icing by adding more water than to thicken it by beating in more icing sugar
You can add food colouring/pastes or gels to make any colour your children want. To cheat, make white icing to cover the biscuits and buy little tubes of coloured icing to decorate, most supermarkets sell them. Use whatever you have available to decorate, rainbow sprinkles, mini marshmallow, jelly beans or any type of sweet or chocolates.
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66 Alderman’s Hill, N13 4PP, 0208 351 1673
Monday – Saturday 9.00-5.30, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10-5