No Junior Masterchefs here, but keen little chefs instead!
One of my favourite things to do with the offspring is cooking. Even though it can be a messy activity and often ends up with a fight over who gets to lick the bowl, it is still great fun. I think it’s an awesome way of connecting with my kids in a creative way (and I get dinner cooked at the same time) We practice counting, we pour and measure and everyone learns how to take turns. With the start of Junior Masterchef as well you can imagine the excitement. Though I have to admit I don’t think we’ll be making crushed potatoes with poached egg and shaved truffle in our house any time soon!
Miss Medium is having her birthday this week and the theme is “fairies in the garden” with lots of butterflies. I ordered these uber cute sandwich cutters so that I can make butterfly sandwiches for her party, containing hundreds and thousands of course. (I can also use them to jazz up the kids sandwiches for lunchtime now as well ) I’ve also been trawling this fantastic site for some recipes as well.
I made these little biscuits during a practice run. It’s my mum’s foolproof recipe. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough icing sugar so had to substitute hot chocolate mix instead for the icing. The butterfly biscuits on Saturday will be pink and purple.
The recipe is as follows:
Mum’s Basic Bickies
125 g softened butter
½ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla essence
1 cup plain flour
1 cup self raising flour
1. Pre heat oven to 170 degrees
2. Mix butter and sugar together until creamy
3. Add the salt and egg and mix
4. Add vanilla essence
5. Add the flour ½ cup at a time
6. Add milk and stir until just combined.
7. Once a soft dough is formed turn it onto a well-floured surface and shape into a disc. Cover with gladwrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour to rest.
8. Roll out dough and cut into preferred shapes.
9. Place on trays lined with baking paper
10. Bake in over for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
11. Serves several, or one who has had a sleepless night.
Do you have a great birthday baking recipe?