As those of you who read regularly will know, once a week the wee boy and I have our ‘me and you’ day. Sometimes these days are filled with places to go and people to meet. Other times they are less busy which affords us the pleasure of doing something we both enjoy. Baking. So, by popular request, today we made car biscuits.
There is nothing special about these biscuits other than they are made together, over time and with love.
For those of you who may have the slightest interest, they are in fact, shortbread biscuits. 250g butter, 88g castor sugar, 275g plain flour and 25g semolina. The semolina is not a necessity needed to make shortbread, but in my experience it gives that extra ‘shortness’ to the biscuit which I find irresistible. You may, on the other hand, not enjoy such a ‘short’ biscuit in which case just replace the semolina with plain flour.
Mix butter and sugar together but don’t over cream. Add the flour and semolina until the whole thing starts to chase itself around the bowl and become one. Roll out on a floured surface until the mixture is half a centimetre or so thick. Cut out and place on a butter and floured baking tray. Prick the biscuits to stop them from rising. Bake in a warmed oven, gas mark 3 until they look ready.
Take off the baking tray and place on a cooling rack. Dip into melted chocolate. Leave to cool.
The wee one has not, until recently, been that interested in using shapes to cut out but was quite insistent that we made cars from a cutter he had found in one of those ‘chuck everything in and put the lid on’ boxes. And then there was the chocolate. We had actually bought some chocolate buttons from a stall in the market, but sadly they disappeared, slowly but surely, until we weren’t left with enough to dip a cornflake in, so ended up buying a cheap bar from somewhere else and just melting it.
Obviously with the amount of ‘quality control’ that was needed throughout the process, we were not able to dip all the cars into the chocolate, however, it’s quite nice to have a mixture.
Meanwhile the delights of stirring, adding, scooping and cutting have been glorious.
And the biscuits?
Delicious, though I say so myself.