Would you believe it.The last week of term and the homework for my Year1 girl was to make a Christmas Tree decoration to add to the class Christmas tree. Now, I know I didn’t HAVE to do it and I am sure many other parents didn’t, what with everything else going on. But, I thought it would be a good chance to spend some time with her AND she loves cooking. More to the point, she loves Mary Berry and junior bake off. So this is what we did…..
Of course, older sister joined in too and we followed a Nigella recipe from “How To Eat”. I have used her recipe for these biscuits before It is simple and easy to put together and the girls got their hands well and truly stuck in. The recipe suggests that you can add cocoa to make them chocolatey and cinnamon if you like the flavour and warmth. I love this flavour combination so used both with excellent results.
Nigella ices hers but as I had an abundance of silver balls and pink glimmer in the cupboard, we went for those instead, perfectly bling!
I am entering this into Sarah at Maison Cupcake’s “Forever Nigella” Christmas blogging event. I did slightly adapt the recipe by using Stork margarine instead of butter and caster sugar not light muscovado. Sarah’s blogging event is also a blog hop and am sure will have many delicious entries to check out.
Chocolate & Cinnamon Christmas Tree Decorations
Ingredients :- Makes 60 biscuits approximately
300g plain flour
pinch of salt
1tsp baking powder
100g Stork margarine
100g caster sugar
60g golden syrup
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees.
In a bowl sift the flour, salt, cinnamon & baking powder.
Rub in the margarine.
Stir in 1 egg and the golden syrup. (If the mix is too dry add the second egg a little at a time)
Stir to combine using your hands then split the mixture into two balls of dough and put one in the fridge while you shape the other.
Flour the surface while rolling out the dough to be fairly thin.
Cut out using shapes of your choice.
Lay on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment.
Add your decorations of choice.
Use a straw to stamp out a hole at the top through which you can later thread some ribbon/string for hanging.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Repeat the process with the other ball of dough until you have used up all the mixture, including re-rolling all the scraps to make more biscuits as the dough is very forgiving of being manhandled.
When cool, thread through your ribbon and hang on the tree.