- 125g butter
- 70g caster sugar
- Half an egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 125g plain flour
- 25g Bournville Cocoa Powder
Easter Bunnies – “actually daddy, they’re just rabbits”
I tried my best. I thought an Easter theme would delight my daughter. Easter bunnies – and chocolate flavoured Easter bunnies at that. What more fun could you offer your 5 year old daughter on the culinary front? As she cast her eye over the bunnies, despite their “easterness” she came to the inescapable truth that they were “just rabbits”. There was just a tiny – but detectable - trace of disappointment in her voice. What was she expecting I wondered? However, I couldn’t deny that bunnies, even Easter ones, are rabbits after all. I had no defence, nothing to counter her statement with so I conceded reluctantly “yes they are Jess, but let’s try and enjoy them shall we?”.
How we did it:
- We used (and halved) this basic biscuit/cookie recipe as a basis from the BBC – http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3468/basic-biscuit-dough - by the way, how did broadcasters get into food recipes?
- Jess mixed the sugar and the butter. She enjoyed this quite alot so if it’s possible to overmix sugar and butter then I can say for sure – it was overmixed.
- We seperated the yolk from the white between the two of us, using my hands and her “egg cracking technique” which I am seriously thinking of patenting. We split the yolk in half (as we were doing half of the original recipe which involves a whole yolk). We used an extremely advanced technique that involves scooping out half of the yolk from one bowl into another bowl with a teaspoon. If you do this right there is no “mess” whatsoever. We never do it right.
- We measured out one teaspoon of vanilla extract into a tiny little bowl to be poured into the mixture in the next step. We wondered why…we could have saved time (and washing) perhaps and just tipped the vanilla extract straight into the recipe from the teaspoon at the required time.
- We then added the half egg yolk and vanilla extract from our tiny little bowl into the sugar and butter overmixed combination. Jess mixed it slightly – and nervously for some reason – in direct contrast to the sugar/butter mixing. I realise I understand nothing of small girls.
- We then sifted in the flour and cocoa and Jess mixed in with a spoon and then dug into it with her hands – I’ll spare you the details.
- We rolled out the biscuit dough and stamped out rabbit shapes (perfecting our technique as we went). We did rely on a rabbity-shaped stamping tool though (http://www.sillychefs.com/shop/cookie-cutters/tala-animal-cutters)
- Finally we baked them at 180C for just over 15 minutes. It may have been 16 minutes. Or 17. We’re not sure. Take them out before their ears burn though (ours were looking a bit scorched – see photo).
What we thought of it:
There were two left over the next day and so Jess asked “Daddy can I have one of those chocolate biscuit things please.” I said “OK Jess maybe, but remember they are bunnies- Easter bunnies actually”. She replied “Actually daddy they’re just rabbits”. Rings a bell that.