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Jam Drop Biscuits

Jam Drop Biscuits

Well for the first recipe back from the rather extended break, I thought I would let the kids take over the kitchen!

Insane I know, but I was rather surprised that there was only a few cupfuls of flour and sugar on the floor!! But I think the end result rather speaks for itself.  I am quite proud of the 9 year olds ability to cook and the 4 year olds ability to spill things ( but I already knew she was talented in that department!).  These are easy to make, so are a good school holiday activity, as long as you walk away and don’t witness what goes down during a kids cooking class!

What You Need:

  • 225g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 110g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 450g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 55mL milk
  • pinch salt
  • jam

What You Need To Do:

I get the kids to measure everything out first so all the ingredients are layed out in front of them because there have been a few times when things have been left out!  So first of all you have to cream the butter and the sugars.  Keep going until it is pale yellow and nice and light.

Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl with the vanilla and add it to the sugar mixture a little bit at a time and beat it between additions. This just helps to stop it curdling which sometimes happens if you add the eggs all at once.

Sift the flour, soda and salt over the mixture and carefully fold until there are no lumps of flour.  Now is the time to walk away, no run, if you want to keep your sanity, cos things get pretty messy!

Gradually add some of the milk until a soft dough forms.  You probably won’t need the whole 55ml, depending on your flour, because you don’t want the dough to be too sticky.

Roll the mixture into 2 logs, wrap them and put them in the freezer for about an hour.  You can use this time to hose out the kitchen or sit back and relax while the kids do it.  As I said earlier, if sanity is important…….its up to you!!

When the mixture has set hard, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius, and cut discs from the rolls about 5mm and place on baking trays lined with baking paper.  Leave a space between each disc because they will spread out during cooking.

To make the jam drop centre, I used a 1/4 teaspoon measure to press into the centre of the disc to make the hole for the jam to go into.  Drop the same amount (1/4 tsp) of jam into the mark and bake for 8-9 minutes or until golden.  let them cool on the tray for a few minutes because they will be soft and then transfer them to wire rack to cool.

Have fun making these with the kids!!