Monday, 31 March 2014

Kids in the Kitchen - Easter Biscuits

This week on Kids in the Kitchen we made Easter Biscuits. A really simple recipe where the kids had lots of fun. We made our own icing bags to decorate the biscuits and later I'll give you a little tutrial on how to make an icing bag.

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Easter Biscuits

Ingredients:

250g butter
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
300g plain flour

Method:

We mixed the butter and sugar together in a large bowl
We then added the egg yolk and vanilla extract
Finally we added the flour.

Mum divided the dough into three pieces and all three littlies had a piece to roll out to a thickness of about 1cm. We had lots of fun getting the dough stuck to the rolling pin, work top and our fingers. Eventually we managed to get the dough into a nice shape good enough to start cutting out.
We used Easter shaped cookie cutters, different shaped rabbits, chicks and easter eggs.
When we had cut out lots of shapes, mummy cooked them in the oven for about 12-15 minutes at gas mark 4 or 180C

When the biscuits were cooked we decorated them with the icing bags that mummy had made. When the icing bags split and leaked all over the place we used new, unused paint brushes to paint the icing on the biscuits.

making the biscuits

decorating the biscuits

Our Easter Biscuits

Icing Bag Tutorial


Personally, I think it's much better to buy ready made icing bags, but when you don't have any in and you've promised the kids they can decorate their biscuits, then making bags from greaseproof paper is the way to go. They are a little tricky for little hands, but the kids had fun while they lasted. 
Here is how I made the icing bags.

  • Fold the sheet of greaseproof paper diagonally and cut to make a triangle.
  • place the triangle upside down with the point nearest you and the flat side furthest away.
  • Take one corner of the flat side and roll it up to the point of the triangle, holding with your fingers.
  • Take the other corner and roll it up and around so it joins up with the first corner at the tip of the triangle.
  • Fold over the ends to secure.
  • Snip the end of the cone to make a tiny hole for the icing to come out.

When you fill the bag with icing, don't fill more than half way up, then fold in the two edges before folding it down again. The end of the bag has to be tightly closed to stop the icing coming out of the top. You need to squeeze the icing out from the top down to the tip.




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13 comments:

  1. Harry keeps asking us to bake biscuits, damn nursery! Although I guess this would be good for over the Easter holidays; I am really struggling with ideas of what to do with him!

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  2. These look lovely! I can't wait to bake some with my daughter next week :) Stopping by from LAB club x

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  3. They look great. I'm lazy and after lots of mucky homemade piping bag attempts, I've now bought a set. So much easier, but probably less fun! #blogclub

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  4. I've always wanted to know how to make an icing bag!! #lab

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  5. Loved your piping bag tutorial, it's my big grouse that I never get that right! :) Looks like you'll had a lovely time making this..nothing beats some quality time and fun with the kids in the kitchen! #lab

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  6. You must have heard my cry for help last week when i explained that I didn't have a clue how to make icing bags - this tutorial is perfect! I always imagined you start with a circle shape for some reason. I love all your Eastery shapes for your cookies. x

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  7. Wow the icing bag tip is so awesome! Its always a problem as we have this small bottle that is hard to squeeze! Now I know what to do! Thanks. #pocolo

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  8. That looks like so much fun, and the icing bag tip is genius :-) Thanks for sharing!
    #BlogClub

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  9. I think that it's good to have kids in the kitchen with you at an early age learning how to cook. It's also a great way to spend some quality time together.

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  10. Looks like great fun! My daughter loves making biscuits we don't get chance to make them often though. Must try this out while we've got time off over Easter x

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  11. These are so great - and brilliant that you did an icing bag tutorial, I am so useless with that!! We are making some nests so are hoping to link up this week. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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