A collection of simple baking ideas for use with Anchors. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR-2-1
• Mixing bowl
• Cookie cutter
• Roiling pin
• Baking sheet
• 175g (6oz) Plain Flour
• Pinch of Salt
• 125g (4oz) Butter, Softened
• 40g (1 ½ oz) Caster Sugar
• Extra Sugar for sprinkling
• Mixing bowl
• Grease proof paper
•Medium square shallow tin
• 90g (3 ½ oz) Butter
• 1 table spoon golden syrup
• 225g (8oz) muesli
25g (1oz) raisins
• 50g (2oz) chopped glace cherries
• 100g (4oz) plain chocolate
• Small cake paper cases
• Block of cooking chocolate (Milk or Plain)
• Shredded Wheat (crumbled up)
• Sugar Coated mini eggs
• Mixing Bowl
• 6 oz butter
• 4 oz caster sugar
• 8 oz self-raising flour
• 4 oz chocolate chips
Activity 1 - Shortbread Biscuits
The ingredients and recipe will make 12-16 biscuits which can be divided up amongst those in the group.
• Place the flour into a bowl with the salt, add the butter and sugar and kneed mixture into a bail. Turn onto a lightly floured board and shape into a round.
• Flour the rolling pin and roll the mixture out to about 1cm thick. Using the cutter cut into rounds, place onto a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with sugar
• Cook in a warm oven (170°C/gas mark 3) for 15-20minutes.
Biscuits can be cut out using different shaped cutters or for a special shape a paper pattern can be made, placed on the rolled out dough and cut around.
The biscuits can then be left plain or decorated as desired with icing and sweets etc.
Activity 2 - Chocolate Fruit Bars
These are un-baked so are relatively quick to make.
• Melt butter and add the syrup. Remove from heat and stir in muesli. raisins and cherries. Press into the grease proof paper.
• Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water and spread over the mixture in the tin.
• Chill in a fridge and cut into bars.
If you are short for time you can set the bars in the freezer as an alternative, be sure to cover the bars first
The items can be melted in a microwave as an alternative to using a saucepan and boiling water.
Activity 3 - Chocolate Nests
• Break the chocolate into small pieces, place in a bowl and melt over hot water.
• Once melted give the chocolate a good stir and start to add some of the crumbled Shredded Wheat, add enough to give a twiggy effect to the chocolate.
• Spoon enough of the mixture into one of the paper cases to make a nest shape, leaving a hollow in the middle, big enough to place 4 mini eggs in.
• You can either put the eggs in straight away and they will stick to the hardening chocolate or wait until the nest has set. Remove the nest from the paper case when the nest is finished
The chocolate can be melted in a microwave as an alternative to using boiling water.
Activity 4 - Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Preheat the oven to 1800 C, gas mark 4.
• Grease 2 baking sheets
• Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy then sieve the flour into the bowl and fold it in followed by the chocolate chips.
• Roll the dough into small balls and place on the greased baking sheets. Flatten them slightly and leave enough room between for them to spread out.
• Cook for about 15 minutes until lightly browned. Leave to cool and firm up on a cooling rack.
For full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR2-1