Friday, 6 December 2013

Candy cane shortbreads

I wanted the kids to have fun making some holiday treats - so came up with the idea of candy cane biscuits. 

I opted for shortbread for two reasons; 1 - we had the ingredients. 2 - the kids can make it with very little help from me. 

To make some candy cane shortbread biscuits of your own you'll need;

2 oz caster sugar
4 oz unsalted butter
6 oz plain flour
A little red gel food colouring (gel colouring is way better than liquid)

Heat your oven to 190c/gas mark 5

Mix the sugar and flour together then lob in the butter chopped into small pieces and rub in your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs. 

Then smoosh it all together to make a dough. Smoooooosh.

Split your dough into two and add  a little red colouring to one of the balls and kneed it until the colour is even. 

Pull small balls of each colour off and roll thin sausages, then lay them side by side and twist the sausages together, curl one end over to make the hook, and pat down a little on a sheet of baking parchment on a baking tray. 

When you've run out of dough pop your candy canes into the oven for 15-20 minutes. (You can chill the dough for 20 minutes just before cooking, it apparently helps them keep their shape, but this can only happen if your children nag less than mine!) 

Once baked let the candy canes cool on a wire rack then serve with a nice cup of tea or a drink of milk, sitting on the work surface. 

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