This weekend I helped to entertain my friends little girl who is two years old. I had been promising for months to do a little baking with her so the challenge was to find something she’d enjoy and that would keep her attention span for at least 20 minutes! I decided biscuits were the way forward, planning to whip up the dough in my KitchenAid and then let her have a go at rolling out and using lots of kiddie shaped cutters. It seemed to go down well, and the dough was really easy to work with using a variety of biscuit cutters, we did manage to get some in the oven and cooled so she had the novelty of eating one too ; )
With hindsight my tip would be to make the dough beforehand to maximise attention span! We only used half the dough so I popped the rest in the fridge and rolled it out this morning, which worked fine.
Here’s the recipe, which is adapted from a Nigella Lawson one out of her How to be a Domestic Goddess book.
- 175g Unsalted butter (ideally at room temperature)
- 200g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 capful of top quality vanilla essence
- 400g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
Cream the butter and sugar together then beat in the eggs and vanilla. Then gently add all the dry ingredients. It’s quite a sticky dough so have plenty of flour on your work top and rolling pin when you come to rolling out. Bake in the oven for about 6-8 minutes at around 170c, keep a close eye on them though as they can catch quite quickly.
If you’re feeling creative why not decorate with some melted chocolate or some icing.