We've been having fun baking and decorating Norman biscuits, based on the book Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell.
Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell is a great book, silly funny and full of nonsense a perfect story book to get the imagination going. The lovely colourful illustrations to this book definitely lend itself to lots of activities and I thought we could try some baking around this book.
Recently Little Chick hasn't been as interested in baking as usual, so I thought the idea of making Norman biscuits might be a bit more tempting - boy I was right - she was in the kitchen like a shot!
Doughnuts would probably have been too difficult (wanted to stay away from hot oil), so we did biscuits instead.
We used a very simple biscuit recipe called Old Fashioned Jumbles:
100g brown sugar
200g self raising flour
1 small egg beaten (just enough to make a stiff dough)
Measure out the sugar.
Measure out and add the margarine.
(I really like recipes with margarine as it's more predictable than butter, which often seems to be either rock solid or almost liquid, whereas margarine's consistency doesn't seem to vary so much with the weather. It also seems to cope well with being handled lots when in dough form. This makes it great for little hands to scoop, measure, mix and squish. Also good for disorganised mummies who can't remember to get the butter out of the fridge in advance!)
Cream the margarine and sugar, then add the flour and mix together. Then add just enough egg to make a stiff dough (don't worry if you add too much you can just add a bit more flour)
We then floured the work surface ready for our biscuits. (We used a mix of 25g flour, 25g brown sugar amd 1tsp cinnamon this was meant to give it a sugary crispy coating like a doughnut, but I'm not sure it really worked.)
Then with our book at the ready we started making our dough into Normans. Chick loved this bit, she was concentrating so hard!
We just went freestyle with our dough. Using our hands to roll it into balls, then squashing into a circle and then making a hole with your finger and wiggling it around to make it the right size. We then rolled little sausage shapes for the head. But if you wanted a neater look you could use 2 different size round cutters instead.
We then baked them in a fan oven at 160 oC for about 12-15 min.
The next day it was time to mix up some pink icing (icing sugar, few spoons of water and a drop of red food colouring - afraid no measurements here).
Again with our book to hand...
Little Chick got busy decorating...
Shoeshine also wanted to get involved so I gave her a biscuit and a small bowl with a little bit of icing.
But really she just wanted to eat the icing!
When Little Chick had finished decorating we added sliced dolly mixtures for eyes (stuck on with a bit of spare icing).
And our finished Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell Biscuits.