With Children in Need being broadcast live on the BBC this Friday, we’ve asked our Guest Blogger, Home Economist, Wendy Strang to come up with a quick and simple recipe you can use to kick off a Children in Need bake sale.
Here is a basic recipe for biscuits which is a fantastic base for adding other flavourings such as chocolate chips, crystallised ginger, chopped nuts or chopped cherries. Just add the flavourings at the same time as the sugar. If making for a bake sale to raise money for Children in Need use a Pudsy cutter (available from supermarkets) or make a bear template out of cardboard and then when cooked spread some icing on top and decorate with sweets or sprinkles. If you don’t want to make Pudsy shapes just use a round cutter and make a bear face with writing icing and sweets. This is a great recipe for children to help with.
- 175g plain flour
- 100g softened unsalted butter
- 50g caster sugar
- Preheat the oven to Gas 5, 190ºC (170°C Fan). Grease 2 baking sheets.
- Sieve the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs, add the sugar and combine with the hands to form a dough.
- Roll out on a lightly floured surface to a depth of 1cm and use cutters to stamp out the biscuits, (any trimmings can be gathered and rolled again). Place onto the baking sheets and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Decorate as required.
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Wendy Strang has been working as a consultant Home Economist/Food Stylist for over 20 years for a variety of food and appliance manufacturers, writing recipes, styling food for stills photography and film for advertising and editorial purposes. Wendy also gets involved with cookery demonstrations for appliance and houseware companies. Prior to working on a freelance basis She was Head office Home Economist for Iceland Frozen Foods and before that for Kraft Foods. Wendy has recently been on the judging panel for The Grocer Own label Food and Drink Awards.