Isn’t it strange how sometimes your memory is triggered for no apparent reason? Out of the blue, the other day, I suddenly remembered how much the children at a school I used to teach at loved making ‘stained glass biscuits’. This is a fantastic activity for any time of the year but is particularly great now with Christmas approaching and Diwali celebrations taking place. It is also easy to do and pretty much guarantees great results. What’s not to love?
Here’s what you need:
- 115g softened butter
- 55g caster sugar
- 175g plain flour
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- fruit flavoured boiled sweets (fruit polos are good as they are quite small)
- Beat the butter and sugar until thick, pale and creamy.
- Sift the flour, and mix in the butter and sugar together. Stir in the milk, then knead the mixture to form a soft ball of dough.
- Roll out onto a floured surface until about 0.5 cm thick and cut it into shapes with biscuit cutters.
- Arrange on a tray lined with baking paper.
- Cut a hole in the middle of each shape and put a sweet (or half depending on size) inside.
- Bake at 180° C ( 160° C fan) for around 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool and harden on tray before moving to a wire rack.
You can use any shaped biscuit cutters your little one takes a fancy to…there are no rules here. Encourage squishing and squeezing of the dough. It might not be recommended by professional bakers but it certainly helps to strengthen little fingers! Why not try putting a couple of different coloured sweets in the hole and seeing what happens as the colours mix together? These also make fantastic Christmas tree decorations. Just remember to put a hole in the top of the biscuit before you bake it. Enjoy!