The youngest earned himself a treat last week as he tried hard at school so he chose to make biscuits. he had made them the week earlier and I had commented on how perfectly round they looked and that I think he cheated and nipped to the shops to buy some before he finished school. He was so proud of them and he wanted to make them at home with me.
We decided to tweak the recipe a little by adding in chocolate, ginger and egg and removing most of the sugar. So, basically we made our own recipe but we were still following his idea of actually making some biscuits.
Combine the butter with the caster sugar together until fluffy.
Add in the vanilla essence and egg/s. Mix together.
Next, mix in the baking powder and the flour. Add the flour a little at a time until it starts to form a dough like texture. You don't want it too dry so keep testing it. The mixture should be able to form a ball in your hands without it leaving a sticky residue
Add in the ginger and chocolate chips and fold them in.
Roll a walnut size piece of the dough in your hands.
Gently press together in the palm of your hands.
Line a baking tray with some grease proof paper.
Place the dough onto the paper and gently press down with the back of a fork.
Leave in the oven for 10-12 minutes, keeping an eye on them. Remove when slightly golden
These biscuits have just the right of crumbliness but melt in your mouth leaving a warm smooth taste from the chocolate and ginger.
Alternatively, If you don’t fancy making them with ginger or chocolate just skip them out. They taste just as good. We made a batch of butter biscuits and then added in the ginger and chocolate to the mixture so we had two lots of different biscuits.
This recipe of shortbread biscuits are quick and simple to make. With the light buttery sweetness they are ridiculously moorish. The classic recipe is so versatile, you can add in chocolate, ginger, lavender, lemon or even rosemary. I decided to add in honey and cacao nibs. It gives the biscuit a little crunch against the softness of the crumbly mixture
Shortbread is a favourite by everyone in our house. I cook up a batch and they dont’ last long. Everyone tucks in. They are soft and smooth with a little crunch from the nibs.
50g Caster Sugar
200g Plain Flour
2 Tbsp Organic Honey
2 Tbsp Cacao Nibs
Preheat oven at 160
Mix in the butter with the sugar until creamy
Add in the cacao nibs and honey and combine well.
Add the flour in to the buttery mixture and rub them all together with your fingers. Don’t knead the mixture just pick it all up and press it into a ball with both hands.
I don’t roll out my dough. I just place it into the oven proof dish and push down with the palm of my hand and fingers. I like the uneven look on my biscuits.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the biscuits in the oven and remove when they become a little golden on the edges. You are hoping for a light golden colour.
Score the biscuits. Leave to cool. Cut the biscuits up into pieces. Now they are ready to serve.
These classic biscuits are ideal to make for pack lunches or just a little treat to have with your afternoon cup of tea. The buttery texture melts in your mouth with an added little zesty and ginger kick keeping your mouth refreshed and your taste buds wanting more.
What’s good about baking melting moments is they don’t have to be perfect and there are many ways to jazz them up.
We added the zest of an orange and some fresh ginger into ours.
There are many benefits of ginger including reducing inflammation, good for digestion and nausea an enhances the immune system.
140g soft butter
80g caster sugar
140g self raising flour
1tsp vanilla essence
zest of 1 small range and the juice of half
2cm cube of chopped ginger
Preheat the oven at 180c
Grease baking trays or line them baking paper
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add in the vanilla essence
Add in the zest of the orange, the juice and the ginger. Mix together
Stir in the flour and mix
Rub some oil into your hands and roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Place them evenly onto the baking tray
At this point, You could roll them in some oats for that added rough texture
Place a fork on the top of the balls and push down gently
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them until golden
Serve whilst warm with a lovely cup of tea. Perfect warming refreshing biscuit. Also ideal to add into pack lunches as they are small enough to fit in any box
These biscuits are fit for any prince or princess, lovely and crumbly yet that moist they melt in your mouth.
Jak baked some biscuits yesterday to give out today to his teaches and friends in school today and as is valentines day he used a heart shape cutter and placed some love heart sweets on top to send a little love message.
Quite a few years ago while holidaying in Feuterventura, at the hotel we stayed in they had a game for children to play every night called ‘More Tea Vicar’, my son who was 4 at the time absolutely loved it, he still talks about it now 5 years on.
Every night at 6 o’clock he would hear from our apartment the compere welcoming the other hotel guests into the clubhouse and announcing that bingo would be starting in 15 minutes, he knew then that the game would begin after bingo so he would look at me and his dad, with his little puppy dog eyes and ask us if we could take him downstairs to watch ‘More Tea Vicar’. And every night when they asked for a challenger to take on the King or Queen (whoever won from the previous night) his little hand would shoot up, after about 8 days he got his chance. He didn’t win unfortunately but he had loads of fun and had everyone in the room cheering him on.
“well, what is this game” I hear you say.
What you will need
1/ 2 Participants to play the game
2/ A pot of tea
3/ Cups or Mugs
4/ A selection of Biscuits
Object of the Game
To dunk your biscuits into your cup of tea and outdunk your opponent, the person with a FULL Biscuit left is the winner!
1/ Place your two participants at a table opposite each other
2/ Pour out 2 cups of tea and place them in front of them
3/ Select 2 biscuits from you biscuit barrel, they must be different and give them to the game players
4/ Hold the biscuits above the cup of tea and at the count of 3 dunk them fully into your cup of Tea, count down from 5 ( if children playing just check that the tea isn’t too hot)
6/ 5 4 3 2 1 pull the biscuits out if the cup of tea, see if the biscuit is intact, if they both are give them a bit of a wiggle, if no change Dunk again From the count of 5. Keep doing this until there is a winner
We played our game with a Rich Shortie versus a Custard Cream.
Winner : Rich Shortie
Why don’t you play the game and tell me what biscuit is your winner?