Cakes & Bakes

Rachel Taylor

Planning for Easter

Check out these little Easter biscuits made by some of my pupils this week. A great indoor activity during the school holidays.

Check out these little Easter biscuits made by some of my pupils this week. A great indoor activity during the school holidays.

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I hope we are getting more of the weather we have been enjoying.  It was so great to see the bright sunshine and to get a bit of heat back into our bones!

According to the forecast, we are supposed to have a full week or more of lovely dry weather which would be very welcome.
Would it be too much to hope for the dry spell to spread out into the Easter holidays too?  I have a friend getting married on Easter Monday and it would be just lovely if she got a nice bright and dry spring day.

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It would also help with planning activities for the holidays if the weather kept up this bright spell – going outside to play is much more fun for kiddos and the parents too when there is no mud and clay being trekked into the house!

It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through March already; it feels like it was a blink since the first of January.

That also means that it is the wee nephew’s birthday very soon – I will have to get on to him and find out what kind of cake he is looking for this year.

Last year was a minion, so I’ll be intrigued to find out what he has settled on this year!

I made these wee biscuits with some of my pupils in school as an Easter treat, and they just loved them. The picture this week is actually some of the pupils’ work. In the short time we have, they did very well!  If you have an afternoon that needs filling, then give these spiced treats a go, they are very moreish! Enjoy… happy baking!

Ingredients
• 300g plain flour
• 150g butter
• 100g caster sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon all spice
Icing:
• 200g icing sugar
• 1 tablespoon water
• Sprinkles

Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 170C (fan). Sprinkle a little flour onto a baking tray.
2. Sieve flour into the mixing bowl. Break butter into small pieces and rub in. Stir in the sugar and the all spice with a spoon.
3. Add in the egg, mix well using a knife and then use your hand to get all the mixture together into a ball.
4. Flour a work surface and roll out to 1cm thickness.  Use pastry cutters to form shapes and place on the baking tray.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges start to go golden at the edges.
Meanwhile – make the icing by mixing the water into the icing sugar until smooth.
6. Place biscuits on a cooling rack and decorate when cool by spreading a little icing on, and shake some sprinkles on top.

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Tip of the week
Use Easter shaped cutters for added excitement! Also, you could flavour the icing with a little vanilla or some lemon juice. Let me know how your wee ones (or big ones!) get on. Drop me an email at rachel.crumbs@gmail.com