Little Spelt and Apple Biscuits

This morning was a bit of a sugar fuelled one around here. We went to meet some friends at a cafe on the beach and this meant an icecream for Rose, then a biscuit on the way back and that seemed to lead to chaos and unhappiness. All was well after some lunch and a rest (no nap!) but i decided it might be a good plan to stock up on some refined sugar free treats to help see us through the afternoon and beyond.

I found a lovely recipe which I wanted to try instantly, not only because of it’s sugar free quality, but also it’s simplicity. I still have some spelt flour in the cupboard from our little spelt, fig and walnut bake, so just a little trip to the shop for some apple juice and we were ready:

i n g r e d i e n t s

100g plain white flour
100g spelt flour
half a tsp of baking powder
75g chilled butter, diced
75ml apple juice

m e t h o d

this was not such a toddler friendly bake to begin with as there were not many steps and they all really needed to be done by me! But the cutting out part is good for little hands so perhaps get to that stage before introducing little helpers.

Mix together the flours and baking powder in a bowl. Add the butter and rub in until evenly combined. Add the apple juice and mix together to form a soft dough.

That’s it!

Next, flour your surface and roll out to about 3mm thickness and introduce child and cookie cutters!

little one hard at workcuttting out shapesbiscuits in the making

Cut out your shapes and place on greaseproof paper or a greased baking tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes, or until starting to brown a little. remove from the oven, leave for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. And then enjoy.

apple and spelt sugar free biscuits I read that these biscuits are perfect for freezing, and a good first food snack for little ones and toddlers alike. They are quite a plain biscuit, but lovely and buttery with a tiny hint of sweetness which does make them quite satisfying. And the spelt flour adds a nice quality too. We had ours with some apple, although they might be good with a little cheese spread too. Next time.

apple and spelt sugar free biscuitsapple and spelt sugar free biscuits

Jammie Dodgers

Today I had a lovely day with a visit from my sister. She is always making sweet treats for us all so I decided to return the favour with some biscuits to accompany our tea.

homemade jammy dodgers

I went for jammy dodgers – I like this type! And they were delicious.

i n g r e d i e n t s  f o r  t h e  b i s c u i t s :

200g chillled unsalted butter diced (plus extra for greasing)
275g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 100g icing sugar sifted
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (i used vanilla essence with grand results!)
4 teaspoons strawberry or raspberry jam

a n d  t o  m a k e  b u t t e r c r e a m :

125g icing sugar
75g unsalted butter softened
1 tsp hot water

w h at  t o  d o :

Rub together, or put into a food processor, the butter and flour, until it is well combined and the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolks, sift in your icing sugar and add vanilla paste (or essence) and mix together until it forms a soft dough.

Chill your dough in the fridge for about an hour, before turning our on a floured surface and rolling out to about 4-5mm thickness. Using a round cutter (about 6cm across) cut out 32 rounds (rerolling your dough from the offcuts as you go)

To create hearts I used a plain piping nozzle to cut out the curved top and then a knife to finish the shape and smooth the edges to give nice heart shapes. You just want to create hearts on 16 of your rounds.

homemade jammy dodgershomemade jammy dodgers

Place on a greased or lined baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes or until your biscuits are golden. Leave to cool on a rack while you make your butter icing.

To make the butter icing simply combine the butter, sugar and water together to make a smooth paste. When your biscuits are cool, scoop a small amount and spread onto your biscuit base. Then top with a little scoop of jam and place your heart biscuit piece on top.

homemade jammy dodgers

Voila! They looked so cute, and were so tasty with tea. And just the joy (and sugar energy) I needed to help me look after poorly Rose (she is fine now – miraculous recovery at bedtime!)

Happy biscuit happy day. x