Monday, 22 April 2013

Traffic light biscuits!

I was at one of the local Sure Start Centres this morning at a baby/toddler group with Millie when I came across a recipe folder. I had a quick flick through it and came across a really fun recipe for traffic light biscuits. I thought this would be both fun and educational for Chester so one of the ladies kindly photo copied it for me. This afternoon we have been making the traffic light biscuits;

200g butter/margarine
100g caster sugar
200g plain flour
100g semolina
pinch of salt
Smarties (I bought 4 packs to find the correct amount of Red, Orange and Green ones)

Pre heat the oven to 160c and line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix the flour, semolina and salt into the butter/sugar mixture.

Once it has formed a soft dough place onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle. You now need to cut out 24 rectangles, it may take a few goes at re rolling before you get that amount. place the rectangles onto the baking trays (12 on each). Take one of the trays and cut 3 holes in each of the rectangles on that tray. I used one of my piping tubes to cut the holes as they need to be the same size as the smarties. Put both trays into the oven for around 15 minutes. Place on wire rack to cool.

Once cooled spread a little jam onto the rectangles without holes. Then stick the ones with holes on top of the ones without holes. Next you need to press a smartie into each hole (red, orange, green to make traffic light colours).

Chester really enjoyed helping me to make these biscuits. The best part for him was getting the smarties ready. While the biscuits were cooling we spent a lot of time sorting the smartie colours and counting how many we had of each colour. So it was very educational and lots of fun at the same time, so much fun that waiting for the biscuits to cool was not as drawn out as it normally is!

We found that even though we had 4 packs of smarties we were short of orange ones by 2 so we just decided to substitute the orange with yellow for those biscuits! Our biscuits are by no means perfect (you will notice that the rectangle and circle shapes are not spot on) but that is because I let Chester do as much as possible. The main thing is that we had lots of fun making them AND they taste yummy!

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