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Catherine wheel biscuits

Catherine wheel biscuits

Difficulty: A bit tricky

Time: 20 minutes + 2 hours + chilling + 12 minutes baking

Serves: 20 biscuits approx

Ingredients

250g (2 cups) plain flour
150g (1 stick) butter, softened
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
food colouring
chocolate
sprinkles

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We’ve made these spiral biscuits before but this time thought we’d jazz them up a little bit more to make some special Catherine wheel firework biscuits for Bonfire night.

They work well when you use proper food colouring that doesn’t fade in the oven. We use some Wilton ones (“EU” Icing Colour Kit 28g (By Wilton)) which are great as they really stay vibrant once cooked.

Method

Rub the flour and butter together
Get your kids to measure the flour and butter out add to a large mixing bowl. Using your fingers rub it together until it looks like breadcrumbs. This is one of my kid’s favourite things to do in the kitchen but it can get a bit messy if you’re not careful!

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Add the sugar, egg and vanilla
Measure the sugar out and add to your flour/butter mixture. Add the egg and vanilla extract. If your kids are in charge of the egg, I normally find it safer to crack it into a small bowl first, before adding it to your dough in case you end up with rogue shell.

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Knead or mix everything together until it is well combined into a nice soft dough.

Split the dough into two even amounts. Add the pink colouring to one of them and blue to the other (or any other colours you’re using).

Spiral biscuits

Wrap both blocks of dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Form the biscuit dough
Sprinkle a little flour down on your work surface. Roll each of the blocks of dough out in turn so they are around 25cm x 20cm or approximately the same size. Lay one over the top of the other. Lightly roll over the surface a few times with your rolling pin to press them together.

 

I found my dough was a bit soft and sticky which made this step a bit tricky. If the same happens to you, you could chill the dough for a bit longer, add a little more flour or use a piece of baking paper over the top of the dough to stop it sticking to the rolling pin.

Trim off the edges of the dough so it’s nice and neat then roll them up, starting at one of the short edges to make a tight spiral. Wrap the dough and clingfilm and chill for at least an hour or overnight.

Make the spiral biscuits
Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / gas 4 / 350F and line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.

Unwrap the dough, trim the ends, and cut the rest into about 20 slices. Lay them on your baking tray.

Bake the spiral biscuits
Bake them in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They’re ready when they are just starting to go slightly golden at the very edges (you don’t want them to colour too much).

Leave them to cool on the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack to cool complelety.

If you want to decorate them, simply melt a little milk chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave, roll the edge of the biscuits around in it and dip it in the sprinkles.

Catherine wheel biscuits

Enjoy!

 

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raspberry and chocolate brownies

Raspberry and chocolate brownies

 

Difficulty: A wee bit harder

Time: 30 minutes + 35 minutes baking

Serves: 25

Ingredients

300g milk/dark chocolate
250g (1 cup) pack butter
400g (2 cups) soft light brown sugar
4 large eggs
140g (1.25 cup) plain flour
50g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
200g (1 cup) raspberries

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Brownies are a great thing to make with kids because they’re so simple: you mix everything in one bowl recipes, pour in a baking tray and pop in the oven. These are a little harder than my usual brownies because you have to melt the chocolate in a pan first, but they make a tasty alternative and are still loads of steps for your kids to get involved with.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 20×30 cm baking tin with baking paper.

Melt the chocolate, butter and sugar

Get your kids to break the chocolate into pieces and put into a small pan. Measure the butter and sugar out and add to your pan.

  

Heat over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until it is fully melted, then remove from the heat.

Add the eggs

Break the eggs one at a time into a small bowl or cup and add to your melted chocolate mixture.  Stir the eggs in, one at a time.

Add the flour and cocoa

Get your kids to measure the flour out and add to a large bowl. Measure in the cocoa. We did this through a sieve to get rid of the lumps (but be warned it can get really messy so keep a close eye on it!)

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Add the chocolate mixture to your flour and stir it in.

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Add the raspberries

Stir half the raspberries into the bowl.

Bake the raspberry and chocolate brownies

Pour the raspberry mixture into your prepared baking tin. Get your child to scatter over the remaining raspberries. Make sure they spread them out as much as possible. Ours were a little to clumped together which meant those bits didn’t cook very well.

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Bake for 30-35 minutes. It’s ready when the top has crisped up but it still has a little wobble. Cook it a bit longer if you want a firmer texture.

Cool in the tin, then remove and cut into squares.

Enjoy! These raspberry and chocolate brownies will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days (if it lasts that long).

raspberry and chocolate brownies

 

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lemon bundt cake

Lemon bundt cake

Difficulty: A wee bit harder

Time: 30 minutes plus 4 minute baking

Serves: 12 slices

Ingredients
3 lemons
250g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups caster sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 large egg yolk, room temperature
3 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk*
*(You can use a tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar in cup of whole milk instead of buttermilk)

For the glaze
2 – 3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp buttermilk
2 cups icing sugar

 

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We had a craving for something sweet but a bit lighter, so found a recipe for a delicious looking lemon bundt cake on ‘Simply Suzanne’s’ website. We’ve made a few tweaks to make it easier for little chefs to follow but it still makes the same tasty, moist, light and lemony cake as the original.
If lemons aren’t your thing, this also works with other citrus fruits – orange bundt cake would also be delicious!

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C / 170C Fan and grease and flour a bundt tin

Prepare the lemons

I did this part myself as I don’t really like the kids using the grater, but if you have older kids they could help you. Zest and juice the lemons into two separate dishes. (If you zap your lemons in the microwave for 15 seconds or so you should get more juice out!)
Mix the zest with 3 tbsp of lemon juice and set aside.
Leave the rest of the lemon juice for later.

Mix the butter and sugar

Get your child to measure out the butter (250g) and sugar (2 cups). If the butter isn’t already soft/room temperature pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to mix.

 

Add them to a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix for a few minutes until it is light and fluffy, scraping down the sides with a spatula if you need to.

 

Add the eggs

Get your toddler to break the eggs into a small bowl, while you separate the final egg and add just the yolk. Give the eggs a quick whisk.


Turn the speed on your mixer and add half the eggs, mix for 15 seconds or so then add the remaining eggs. Mix together until it is well combined.

Prepare the dry ingredients

Get your child to help you measure out the flour (3 cups) into a separate bowl. While they are doing that add the baking powder (1 tsp), bicarbonate of soda (1/2 tsp) and salt (1 tsp).

Prepare the remaining wet ingredients

Add the buttermilk (3/4 cup) and vanilla (1 tsp) to the lemon/lemon zest mixture and give it a little mix.

 

Add the dry and wet ingredients to your mixing bowl

Turn your mixer speed down and add half the flour mixture. Mix for a few seconds then add half the buttermilk mixture and mix again. Repeat this process with the remaining flour/buttermilk and continue mixing until all the flour is incorporated.

Bake the lemon bundt cake

Spoon the cake batter into your prepared pan. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes. It’s ready when the top is a light golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

Keep an eye on it from about 40 minutes to make sure you don’t over bake it.

Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes.

Prepare the lemon glaze

Add the lemon juice (2-3 tbsp) and buttermilk (1 tbsp) to the icing sugar (2 cups) and whisk it until it is smooth. Add more lemon juice if you need to – you want the mixture to be pourable but still thick enough so it doesn’t all run off the cake.

Glaze your lemon bundt cake

Turn the cake out of the pan and on to a wire rack. Put the rack over baking sheet to make it easy to tidy later.

Get your child to help you pour half the glaze over the cake and leave it to cool for an hour or so. After an hour, pour the remaining glaze over the cake and let it all cool to room temperature.

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