Saturday, October 12, 2013

Star Fish Biscuits {sponsored}




As the weather warms we have found ourselves wandering our local beaches and rock pools once again. From time to time we beat the heat and head to the water in the wee hours of the morning making sure we have time to turn over rocks, skim stones, locate star fish and squeeze cungi before the heat of the sun turns our salty skin crispy.

Once we've explored every small pocket of water and dodged every lethal oyster shell we head home for morning tea. Sometimes we make pikelets covered heavily with jam, other times its a bacon and egg roll on the outside BBQ but this time we drew inspiration from our morning wanderings and crafted marine life from cookie dough.

We used our Aussie Animal trading cards to prompt our memory, first finding some of the creatures we'd seen at the beach in the morning like Bluebottles, Pelicans, Starfish and The Wandering Albatross.... oh wait, no, not that one.

We discussed what creatures we might create from tour cookie dough - Maybe the Manta Ray? Or a Leopard Seal? How about a Leather Backed Turtle?

I know, THE BLUE STARFISH!! Perfect (I only had star shaped cookie cutters).

The finishing touches were added with a handful of almonds, cashew nuts, sultanas and the all time favourite shiny sugary balls.

8 minutes in the oven and you're ready for a glass of cold milk and a good lie-down.

I don't know about you but my kids have taken such delight in those simple little green cards filled with fancy facts and beautiful images. They have prompted many a discussion about our Aussie Animals, what they do and where we'd find them.

If you're keen to make some edible Starfish, the recipe is below.

Ingredients 

  • 125g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature80g (1/3 cup) caster sugar1 tsp vanilla essence115g (3/4 cup) self-raising flour2 tbsp milk

    Method
    1. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper or use non-stick trays. Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a medium bowl, scraping down the side of the bowl when necessary, until just combined.
    2. Sift the self-raising and plain flours together into a bowl. Add half the sifted flours to the butter mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix until combined. Add the milk and mix well.
    3. Add the remaining sifted flours and, when the mixture becomes difficult to mix with the wooden spoon, use your hand. Mix with your hand until the mixture forms a soft dough that leaves the side of the bowl and doesn't stick to your hand. If the mixture is a little dry, add an extra 1 tbsp of milk. (There should be no dry bits of dough in the bottom of the bowl.)
    4. roll out dough and make star shapes before decorating with your choice of nuts, fruit or sprinkles.
    5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
    6. Enjoy with a cup of tea.

    Methi

13 comments:

  1. I love those cards. Lacey finally has the full collection, so we've been browsing all the cards and learning about the animals. I can't wait to see what they do next year.

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  2. My Sunny has finished her collection too! We've doubles up with many cards and have turned them into a snap and memory game... I think Woollies got it right this time :) Such a hit with nearly every child I know! I love this idea... May need to use it at preschool :)

    Sophie xo

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  3. Very Good Idea making sea creature biccies xx Lisa Mckenzie

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  4. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  5. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  6. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  7. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  8. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  9. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  10. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  11. I've collected the animal cards for when my little girl is a bit bigger, at the moment she just tries to eat them! We have all but one card & our local woolies has run out :( I can't wait to take her to the rock pools this year, she was too young last summer.

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  12. Those cards are like kiddeh crack! I've seen so many posts from parents on my FB feed wanting to swap cards, telling people they're home now so they can arrange the pick up - people will do anything to complete their collection! I don't have kids so I just shrugs my shoulders. *shrugs shoulders*

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em