It’s the school Easter holidays and, like many other parents out there, I am looking for ways to keep my daughter occupied whilst not having to spend a small fortune! There’s only so many times we can go out and about, and we need to do things around the home too. Coming up with new and interesting constructive projects for her is a challenge. Fortunately we’ve had some lovely weather, so we’ve been out in the garden, tidying borders and feeding the birds.
But the kitchen has been calling and today we have been making Easter biscuits to share with our family and friends. They are a lovely simple recipe to make, made easier still using a mixer! The main enjoyment for my 5 year old is weighing out all the ingredients, adding them to the mixer and then rolling out the dough and cutting out the biscuit shapes. Watching them bake in the oven is fascinating and then trying the first one when it’s still warm! Lovely.
The recipe I use is one I found in an Aldi magazine a few years ago, I like it’s simplicity and they taste fabulous at any time of year.
140g salted butter
280g self-raising flour
140g caster sugar
1 medium egg
grated zest of 1 lemon
1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C, gas mark 5
2. Rub the cold butter into the flour well
3. Add the sugar, raisins and lemon zest and bring together gently
4. Beat the egg and add to the mixture
5. When a dough has formed, roll out to 0.5cm think and cut out with your chosen cutter
6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked
7. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and remove from the baking tray
I don’t always use the lemon zest and they work just as well as a plain raisin biscuit.
They were delicious after dinner tonight and the rest are being shared with some friends tomorrow.