Your little cooks won’t believe how easy it is to make these delicious biscuits, says best-selling kids activity author Dawn Isaacs in her new book, 101 Things To Do Screen Free.
- 340g icing sugar
- 1 egg white
- Peppermint essence (or another flavour of your choice)
- Food colouring
- Edible decorations and chocolate (optional)
- Start by sifting your icing sugar into a mixing bowl.
- Next you need to prepare your egg white. To separate it from the yolk you can carefully crack the egg into a bowl, then put in your (clean) hand to remove the yolk by lifting it up and letting the white drain through your fingers.
- Now whisk your egg white until it is nice and frothy (but not stiff) and then add it to your icing sugar along with a teaspoon of peppermint essence and a few drops of food colouring. You need to mix it thoroughly until you are able to pull it together into a ball of fondant. If it’s too dry, just add a teaspoon of water at a time until it is workable.
- Tip your fondant onto a piece of baking paper sprinkled with icing sugar and knead it until it’s nice and smooth.
- Next roll it out so it’s about 1cm thick and then use small cookie cutters to make your sweet shapes. You can lay these on a fresh piece of greaseproof paper on a tray or plate.
- If you haven’t got a cookie cutter, just roll pieces of the mixture into small balls that you can then flatten into discs. And if any of your shapes get a bit stuck, just use a flat butter knife to help move them off the paper.
- While the creams are still soft, you can press in some edible decorations and then leave the sweets somewhere out of the way to dry for a couple of hours.
- When they are dry, melt some chocolate that you can then dip half of your peppermint creams into for some delicious additional decoration.
Tip: You can split your fondant mixture in half before adding your flavouring and colouring to make two different batches.
Activity extracted with permission from 101 Things for Kids to do Screen-Free by Dawn Isaac (Kyle Books); Photography by Kate Whitwaker. Available from www.octupusbooks.co.za.
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