As the summer holidays are now in full swing for most parents across the UK I thought I would share a recipe that will help to keep your little ones occupied. In the video link below I show you how to make my Biscotti recipe which is in my new cook book Gifts from Grandpa. It is a simple and easy recipe and it’s great for kids too. The recipe for these delicious biscuits is also below too. So enjoy.
Ted and I found this biscotti recipe completely by accident. We were making a robot biscuit from a children’s cookery book and I decided to change a few of the ingredients for slightly healthier ones. The biscuit robot was a disaster but the biscuit itself was so yummy.
When Ted and I were making biscuits it reminded me that my Dad would tell me we made biscuits together when I was about the same age as Ted. Apparently all I wanted to do was put smarties, a sweet in the UK, into the mix. My Dad would say no but when they started making smarties cookies and selling them in the supermarkets he admitted he didn’t realise you could put the sweets in and bake them. Doh!
Ted loved making these biscuits and it’s certainly a great way to entertain and educate children. It’s also a tradition I hope continues in our family. We all enjoy eating a biscuit or two and these biscotti are a great alternative to the shop bought ones. I use the biscotti in my Dad’s Sherry Trifle recipe as they also make a good alternative to the sponge fingers he would use in his version. Although, the best way to eat these is with a nice cup of tea or glass of milk for Ted.
Makes 20 – 24
- Baking tray
- Fish slice
- Mixing bowl
- Stirring spoon
- Circle cutter
- Wholemeal spelt flour x 225g plus extra for dusting
- Coconut sugar x 100g
- Butter or ghee x 75g plus extra for greasing
- Vanilla powder x 1 tsp
- Baking powder x 2 tsp
- Honey x 2 tbsp
- Egg x 1
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Lightly grease a baking tray.
- Weigh and measure all the ingredients.
- Put the flour, vanilla powder and sugar into the large mixing bowl.
- Stir all these ingredients together with the spoon.
- Next add the butter or ghee and rub it into the mixture with your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Break the egg into the cup and beat it with the folk.
- Add the honey and mix again.
- Now add the egg mixture to the breadcrumbs and stir with the spoon.
- As the mixture begins to stick together, start to mix it with clean hands.
- It might be slightly crumbly at first but keep kneeding until it forms a stiff dough.
- Sprinkle the extra flour onto a clean work surface and keeping kneeding until it is completely mixed.
- Use extra flour if the dough starts to stick.
- Again sprinkle flour on the work surface and roll the dough very thinly.
- Once rolled, cut the dough with the circle cutter.
- Repeat the process until all the dough is cut into the circle shape.
- Place all the circles onto the greased baking tray.
- Place in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
- When they are golden brown, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Serve and enjoy.
Biscotti or homemade biscuits are always a well received treat in our house. My husband, Howard and son, Ted, loved these biscuits. Ted especially enjoyed them as he told me they were delicious while trying to come back for a third one. As well as a great snack they are also a great present for a friend or relative. Personally I enjoy mine with a nice cup of tea and my feet up when everyone is out of the house. However you decide to eat these biscotti biscuits, as always, enjoy.
What is your favourite biscuit and have you ever tried to make them? Let me know in the comments below and please don’t forget to like and follow me. Thank you. xxx