Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Home-made easy short-bread

Cooking with children can be an enjoyable experience to both to the children and the adults. One of the easiest things to do in the kitchen for young children is to bake with the adults. This way they can mix, stir, use the cookie cutter etc and leave the adults to deal with the oven. Anjalie loves to bake and short bread is one of her favourite desserts to bake as well as eat. So far this is the easiest recipe I have tried (so I can let her do everything except the last step which involves hot oven) and it is a hit with Anjalie too. Usually the shortbread literally disappears quickly. But they also make great Christmas give-away when nicely packaged in a hamper :)

Couple of biscuits were gone
b4 I could grab the camera :)

You will need:
125g butter
50g caster sugar
175g plain flour
1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F.

Kids love to help and this is one of the recipes we can involve them in. Here is Anjalie baking the short bread (with a little help)

Rub butter, caster sugar and flour together in a big bowl (or let the LOs get their hands dirty) until it looks like bread crumbs. You can use a pastry whisk for this if you prefer.

  Add a tablespoon of milk to the mixture and knead for a minute or two until it forms a smooth ball of dough. Leave the dough in the fridge for 20-30 mins. When ready turn onto a floured surface and roll out the dough until it's 1 cm thick.

Cut out into various shapes using a cookie/biscuit cutter. Reshape the scraps and cut more shapes until all of the dough is turned into biscuits.

Place the biscuits on a baking tray lined with nonstick/parchment paper.  Bake for 15 mins. Cool the biscuit and enjoy! You can store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Here is Anjalie posing for one last pic before I cahse her out of the kitchen, after I kiss and thank her of course and open the oven to bake :)

Sending this to  Nivedhanams Kid's delight event hosted by Sowmya and Valli



  1. OH MY GOD! she seems to be really talented than being sooper cute!!! look at her matured postures and looks!! LOL no wonder she's your critic! CUTE..Hugs to the lovely kid!! :D

    1. Thanks, Bharathy, she loves to "help" in the kitchen :)

  2. Wow she is sooo cute!!! how old is she to help you so much.... love to see those cute at work!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
    Event - Authentic Indian Sweets w giveaway
    Event - Kid's delight - Sweet Treats

    1. Thanks, Sowmya, she was 2 years and 2 months old when we made these together. She has been "helping" around in the kitchen since she was 18 months old. Initially it was just washing veggies (more like splashing) etc and soon we both really started enjoying "cooking" together. We have so much fun that I do not mind the clean up afterwards :)


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