This week I, and the motley crew of friends and family we've been staying with, have been trying to encourage DD to eat more than her staple diet of 'juuuuice' and Cheerios. So, encouraged by the lovely comments on Ghostwritermummy's recent post about eating 'challenges' and as part of this week's Friday Cooking Club Carnival hosted by the lovely Notes from home, DD, Nana and I baked Mary Berry's Iced Animal Biscuits this morning. They were so easy to make and turned out rather deliciously actually, and we even managed to get DD to eat half of one - hurrah! It's a small step, but it's in the right direction.
Fancy making them yourself?
Pre-heat the oven to 190C/Fan 170C/Gas 5 and lightly grease two baking trays. Rub 100g (4oz) softened butter into 22g (8oz) self-raising flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add a few drops of vanilla extract, 100g (4oz) caster sugar, 1 large beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of milk and mix to form a fairly stiff dough.
|DD rolling out the biscuit dough|
Then roll the dough out thinly on a lightly floured work surface...
|DD and Nana cut out animal shapes|
...and cut into animal shapes using cutters. Place on the prepared baking trays and bake in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes until they're golden brown. Try to avoid drooling as the oven fills with the most yummy baking smells.
|Cooked and cooling before icing|
When they're cooked, let them cool on a wire rack before icing them with a mixture of 100g (4oz) sifted icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a few drops of food colouring. Add your own choice of 'accessories'. We used mini chocolate drops, raisins and white chocolate buttons.
Ta daaaaa! The final result, all ready for scoffing!
Recipe from: Mary Berry's Baking Bible. Available at Amazon.co.uk.
Here are the other recipes in this Cakes and Cookies Carnival:
Nova at Cherished by Me gives us her Cherry, Coconut and Marshmallow Traybake. Kelly at Domestic Goddesque posts her recipe for heart-shaped jammy-dodger-style biscuits in Baking with a heart! Heather at SAHMLovingIt gives us her Scrumptious Beetroot Seed Cake Recipe. Jules at I Need Curtains for the Window in my Head posts her recipe for Almond Macaroons. Helen at Cheeky Wipes gives us her recipe for Coffee Cake. Gemma at HelloitsGemma's Blog posts her (easiest) Banana Cake (ever). Sian at Pumpkin and Piglet posts her Chocolate Digestive Biscuits. Jax at Making It Up gives us her recipe for gingerbread. Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family posts her Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies. Clare at Seasider in the City gives us her Mars Bar Cake. Maggy at Red Ted Art has a guest post from Maison Cupcake's Sarah showing us how to make Love Heart Cookies. Rebecca at twobecomefour gives us her recipe for Beck's Banana Bread. Jenny at Gingerbread House gives us her Gingerbread cupcakes. Tiddlyompompom shares the fun she has making cakes with her daughter in Have your cake and eat it.