Only 5 days to go until Christmas and I don't know who is more excited - me, my wife or the 3 year old. For the first time since Cerys was born, I can finally indulge in all the things I fell for when I was her age.
Santa does exist of course, so it has all kinds of leverage when it comes to getting somebody to behave. And on Christmas Eve, I will be besides myself with excitement at the thought of putting out a carrot for Rudolph and a nip of whisky and a slab of cake for Santa. The icing sugar footprints may even be present. But ONLY if Cerys has been good.
Decorating the tree suddenly becomes a different art form now. It currently has amongst the usual tinsel and baubles a few crudely decorated paper chain Christmas trees and snowmen, a large cotton wool monstrosity which is supposed to be a snowman, and a letter to Santa. And last night we stuffed it to the max with some Christmas stars, our very own cinnamon biscuits which we have wrapped in tin foil. We sampled quite a few of them just in case. And Cerys can't wait to hand these out to stuffed and sleepy in-laws after dinner next Tuesday. But ONLY if they have been good....
Christmas Cinnamon Stars
125g/4oz plain flour
55g/2oz rolled oats
55g/2oz muscovado sugar
A pinch of baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 - Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C, GM4.
2 - In a large bowl, rub all of the ingredients together and mix until they form a ball of soft dough. If it is too sloppy, add more flour. If it is too dry, add more butter.
3 - Roll out the dough until approximately 1cm thick. Using a star shaped biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits and place onto a greased baking tray.
4 - Bake on a high shelf for 8-10 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown and slightly risen.
5 - Cool on a wire rack then cover in foil. Thread the biscuits with a needle and thread, form loops and decorate your tree.