I haven’t posted here for a while for no reason other than life seems to be getting in the way of blogging at the moment.
However, I am now officially on holiday/maternity leave from work so the messy play and toddler cooking can recommence.
As we are due another addition to our family within the next couple of months there has been quite a bit of focus on making sure that everything is ready for Christmas before they arrive.
So, this morning Little Splodge and I made a start on “practicing” decorating our Christmas cookies.
Thanks to spending too many hours on Pinterest over the last few weeks I stumbled across this picture
As this was more a play activity for Little Splodge and less of a baking one I am guilty of taking the easiest approach known to man. I used shop bought digestives as a base. To decorate them we made use of the icing sugar and little cake decorations we already had in the cupboard and added some marshmallows and writing icing (as you may have already guessed these are not for those watching their waistline).
Unfortunately, Little Splodge wasn’t as interested in decorating the biscuits as she was in eating the ingredients. She did however have a good go at dripping the icing off the spoon and giving it a good squish with her hands (I should point out that I had already rescued some of the icing for some serious biscuit decorating of my own)
So, while Little Splodge was happily playing with all the ingredients and creating an almighty mess I actually managed to decorate a few biscuits.
Our biscuits are somewhat brighter that the original image as the supermarket I got the writing icing from didn’t have any black so a few substitutions had to be made.
I am also not ashamed to say that I am very proud of their little scarves.
Having entered the ‘if I see food I have to have it’ stage of pregnancy the time has come to progress from three meals a day to three meals plus copious numbers of snacks. Little Splodge is also a great believer in snacks and regularly has two snacks a day between meals.
So, when I saw this recipe it just had to be made. Not only is it very wallet friendly it is also very easy to make which made it perfect for involving Little Splodge.
- 200g Plain Flour
- 200g Butter
- 200g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees / gas mark 6
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl
- Stir to combine
- Bring together with hands to form a dough
- Roll out to approx 0.5cm thick
- Cut out biscuits
- Place onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
- Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown
- Leave to cool for a few minutes
This is not the first food she has had a hand in helping to make so I already knew that she enjoys giving things a good mix but I wasn’t sure how she’d react to rolling and cutting. (The majority of her playdough play results in manic squishing and attempting to eat it.)
Knowing that with the ‘help’ of a toddler this was going to take much longer than I would normally we set up a mini kitchen in the living room using Splodge’s art table as a work top and off she went.
I helped her get all of the ingredients into the bowl and she stirred them around for a while before I stepped in and helped bring it together to form a dough.
Next Little Splodge had a go at rolling out the dough with various degrees of success.
Once she’d finished poking and beating the dough with the rolling pin we finally got to cut out the shapes.
Our cookie cutter collection is small to say the least so the majority of the shapes are Christmas themed and the round ones were created by a glass that was helpfully sitting in the kitchen cupboard.
Then it is simply a case of popping them in the oven for about 10 minutes. We baked the larger ones for 12 minutes just to be sure.
Don’t they look delicious?
Then came the final test for the biscuits. Would Little Splodge like them?
That looks like a yes to me.
Credit where credit is due this recipe came from the lovely Kim over at The Triplet Diaries. My theory is if it’s good enough for triplet boys it’s good enough for our Little Splodge.