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I hope that you are all having a lovely day and are being treated to breakfast in bed, some lovely flowers, a plant, maybe some gardening equipment, a day or Sunday lunch out. 

Last year I recall was a lovely day and I spent the day in the garden, after breakfast in bed of course, but this year we have a steely grey sky and a bitter cold biting wind with snow on the weather forecast.

If you are not going out why not have make some delicious Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cookies with your children to thank them, here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cookies

Ingredients

  • 75g butter/margarine softened
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 75g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 175g plain flour
  • half teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g glace cherries
  • 100g chocolate drops

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas mark 6.
  2. Mix together, in a bowl, the caster and light brown sugar with the butter/margarine until smooth and creamy.
  3. Beat the egg in a dish or cup, add the vanilla essence and mix again.
  4. Add the egg mixture a little at a time to the butter mixture mixing well.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder through a sieve into the bowl and stir in until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Cut the cherries into small pieces and add to the mixture with the chocolate drops and stir well.
  7. Put a heaped teaspoon of the mixture onto baking trays, lined with greaseproof paper, and flatten down with a fork.
  8. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Leave them for a few minutes before removing with a spatula and putting on a wire rack to cool.
  10. Makes approx. 24 cookies.

 Whatever your plans have a lovely day,

 Gill

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Would you believe it the summer holidays are nearly at an end, where have six weeks gone?

These delicious biscuits will make a nice treat in school lunchboxes when the children go back after the holidays and they are perfect for little fingers and thumbs to make.

Home made Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam Drop Cookies

  • 125g Butter or Margarine
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 190g Self Raising Flour
  • 1oog Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • Strawberry Jam
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
  3. Mix in the egg yolk and the vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the flour and mix in slowly to form a smooth dough.
  5. Roll generous teaspoons of dough into balls and space out on baking trays lined with greaseproof paper.
  6. Flatten each ball slightly and press your finger or thumb into the middle to make a well, take care not to press too hard.
  7. Fill the hole with approx ½ teaspoon jam.
  8. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
  9. Cool on wire racks.

You can of course use any flavour of jam that you like. 

Enjoy,

Gill

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Whilst a lot of the country is enjoying some sunny weather at this the start of the school holidays, here in Lancashire the rain has not been in short supply. 

The water-butt is full, the wellies are out (not to mention the waterproof trousers!) and the day has been spent dodging showers …again!  

It was during one of the wet spells that we decided to make some cookies.  Always guaranteed to lift the spirits, they are so easy to make and are munchingly more-ish!!

Ingredients
100g chocolate  broken into pieces
125g unsalted butter
100g granulated sugar
75 g soft brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 190C
  2. Grease a baking tray
  3. Melt the butter
  4. Mix the sugars together in a mixing bowl
  5. Add the melted butter and beat well
  6. Beat the egg
  7. Add the egg and vanilla essence to the mixing bowl
  8. Mix well
  9. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixing bowl and mix well
  10. Add in the chunks of chocolate and mix
  11. Spoon dollops of mixture onto the baking tray and place in the middle of the oven for around 10 or so minutes or until slightly brown
  12. Allow to cool and munch

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As the snow quietly descended over our part of Lancashire on Sunday afternoon, Dora and Jemima, the two younger members of the GardeningWithChildren team got out the cook books for an afternoon of baking.

Choosing a Recipe

Choosing a Recipe

They chose to make some very scrummy oaty biscuits which are a bit of a family favourite and also go down very well in the office!  They are also so easy to make, so hope you enjoy.

Ingredients

125 g rolled oats

125g plain flour

110g brown sugar

150g margarine or butter

1 egg

1/2 teasp baking soda

1/2 teasp vanilla essence

handfull of chocolate chips, raisens, or anything else you fancy

What to do

Stirring the Mixture

Stirring the Mixture

  1. Put everything into a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Take a spoonful of mixture at a time, make into a biscuity shape and place on a greased baking tray.
  3. Put the biscuits in the oven for around 20 minutes at 170 C
  4. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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