Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Creating almond biscuits for Springtime

The evenings are getting light, we have celebrated St David's Day. Spring has arrived.

And when Renshaw's asked us about what baking meant to our family, I thought about new beginnings.
About the baking recipes we have created as a family, and those which are in our family, which my growing family are now ready for.
And whilst cupcakes are our staple, I thought we'd move onto biscuits.
Biscuits are my nemesis, I have baked so many with the children that are tasteless. But this is a family recipe, using ground almonds, never one to understand the recommendations about nuts, I decided at 3 the boys were ready.
Ever eager to get engaged in baking, I have found the best way to work with young people- as individuals!
I can rarely cope with more than one in the kitchen, so they each play their part in the recipe.
And this is now ours.
Recipe
Ingredients
115g unsalted butter (we used Stork)
100g granulated sugar (we used Golden Granulated)
1 drop almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
160g plain flour plus extra for dusting
100g ground almonds

Method
1. Preheat the over to 150 degrees.
2. Cream the butter and the sugar together till pale.
3. Add the vanilla extract and blend.
4. Add the almond extract and blend.
5. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and ground almonds.
6. Gradually add the flour mix to the butter mix. until combined.
7. Bind together as a dough.
8. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour.
9. Roll the dough using the flour to dust and cut into shapes.
10. Place on a baking tray and bake for 45mins or until golden brown.

Decorating
We used Renshaws Ready to Roll icing multi packs, Renshaws sprinkles and some binding (icing sugar and warm water).
This is where the children really went to work!
Using ready-to-roll icing is great- the boys treat it as playdough and are away!
And then of course, there are the sprinkles. This was left to Seren and mummy, as we practiced what Seren has learned in school, about patterns, and symmetry. And maybe, mummy's OCD played its part too!

Disclosure: We received the ready to roll icing and sugar which we used to create this receipe. 

3 comments:

  1. Oh yum they look delicious, and most definitely look full of spring with the beautiful colours :) x

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  2. These looks so pretty! Looks like fun to make too x

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  3. They look so bright & cheerful. I've used Renshaw before but not the 5 colour multipack.

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