|This will now become a new family, go to recipe|
I love trying new things and returning to old favourites. I am not sure what makes me seek new things to try or do and nor do I live a life of always trying out something different, it just happens as the mood takes me or the urge cannot be ignored. But then there are days, weeks and sometimes even months when nothing but the familiar will do and there is no urge to try or experiment. These are my batten down the hatches moments and I just live and enjoy. At present I seem to be the opposite and my life is truly eclectic, where I want to try and experiment with everything and anything and there are not enough hours in the day... Are you like me and swing like a pendulum or are you more stable in your making and doing?
Recently an old school teacher of my children has set up her own business and teaches children to cook. She was always an inspirational teacher and has helped my daughter to love cooking and experimenting even more. So when she posted on her face book page, (details below) photographs of 7 year olds having made one of England's favourite tea time biscuits, there was no question about it, we had to give them a go in our house. Since first making them, we have now made 5 batches, either for ourselves, for entertaining or for giving away, they are truly 'out of this world'. The biscuit in question... custard creams. Mrs Bun can be found here: http://www.mrsbunthebaker.net/ and her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mrsbunthebaker
Here in England we have always loved our biscuits and the custard cream ranks in the top three favourites in the UK. In 2007 when questioned 9 out of 10 in a poll of 7000 people, voted the custard cream their favourite biscuit. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6966747.stm and again in 2010, when asked the custard cream came out as number one biscuit of 6000 adults. In total custard creams have won the best British biscuit accolade 12 times in recent years. As a humorous aside, it was also voted Britain's most dangerous biscuit in 2009 for causing injuries such as scalding from people dunking their biscuit in hot tea, apparently 500 people in the UK seek medical attention for such reasons! http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/revealed-the-most-dangerous-biscuit-in-britain-1036095 and finally in 2008 the word, custard cream, made it into the Oxford dictionary, so it must all be true then! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2235642/Custard-Cream-is-new-entry-in-Concise-Oxford-English-Dictionary.html
|Shop bought custard cream|
Custard Creams ♥
You will need:
150g plain flour
25g custard powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
50g caster sugar
For the filling:
1 tbsp custard powder
100g icing sugar
50 g butter
First rub the fat into the flour until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Then stir in the baking powder, custard powder and sugar. Mix well.
In a jug, whisk the egg to make it a little frothy and add to the dry ingredients, mixing well to form a firm dough. The dough will come together...
The dough, then needs to chill in the fridge for a minimum of half an hour, best if you can leave it for at least an hour though.
Due to the custard powder the dough is more yellow than usual. We liked that! Roll out the dough to about a thickness of 3mm. It can stick a bit so use some plain flour on the work surface and rolling pin.
Traditionally custard creams are rectangular, but we did not have cutters this shape, and although you could cut them by hand, we wanted a uniform look, so opted for a circular cutter.
Line baking trays with greaseproof paper and place an even number of biscuits, as you need two for each biscuit. This mixture made three baking trays worth for us.
Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes, my oven seems to be a little fast, so they were ready in 12 minutes. Check and remove when golden in colour.
Once cooled make the filling with softened butter and give a generous spoon on a biscuit and then very gently sandwich together, being careful not to break the biscuits.
Our first completed custard cream, thanks to Mrs Bun.
Time to eat and enjoy!
♥ These are so delicious, I would anticipate if you make them, you will make them again and again ♥