Thursday, 20 December 2007

I'm Gonna Make You A Star

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
Makes loads

125g/4oz plain flour
55g/2oz rolled oats
125g/4oz butter
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.


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I just love looking at Christmas through children's eyes. My daughter is now 20 and I am up at 5:30 waiting for hours for her to get up so that we can start our celebrations. I am a child at heart!!! It looks like Cery had a wonderful time making and wrapping the stars!A wonderful and merry Christmas to you and yoyr family!!

Cynthia said...

Thank you for making me a star, dear kind sir :)

Aimée said...

Noah and I just created an army of gingerbread men and my shoulders are sore from all the rolling. I will have to file your recipe for next year as it looks like a good one to do with a little helper.
Happy holidays to you and your family!

Mansi said...

wow, that was a nice post! I bet all of you are lookign forward to the holidays! the stars look really nice!

merry X'mas to you and your family!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you David and the whole family, especially little Cerys.
Marissa was helping me today wrapping gifts... we had lots of fun :)

Deborah Dowd said...

What a precious picture! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Squishy said...

Merry Christmas David, It is always the best kind of Christmas when little ones who believe in Santa are around. Just finished watching you again on a repeat of the series of Master Chef here in Aussie Land. The kids and I always say, there's David! You were ripped off I say!

Cheers XoxoxoX

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I love these! Happy Christmas to you and the family David.

Pat said...

David, Merry Christmas to you and your family and Happy New Year. Thanks for the lovely recipes and Looking forward to reading your blog and trying new recipes in the New Year. All the best!!

Rachel said...

Hope your Christmas was wonderful. Having just read this may I suggest making threading holes in the biscuits with a skewer or drinking straw before baking? Makes a hole large enough to thread ribbon through, which is pretty. I can also recommend talcum powder for footprints - good for the Easter Bunny too - and hoovers up well.

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