When my twin girls started school in September, I knew putting them in different classes would mean having to learn LOTS of names, lots of different parents to get to know, and probably lots more hassle.
What I had neglected to think about was all the parties they would now be invited to. Separately. Without each other.
My weekends get fairly busy and booked up - I often have two photo shoots each weekend, so fitting in ferrying to one or two parties around that, is a logistical headache! I must pause for a moment to mention my husband, for without his support, my business (and my girls attending numerous parties) would not be where it is. Thank you.
So, we have got into a bit of a habit of the twin not invited to a party, staying at home and making a treat. So far we have made sponge cakes, chocolate cakes, cupcakes, brownies and flapjacks.
Spurred on by watching the Junior Bake Off on CBBC, I was requested to help her make stained glass window biscuits. How could I refuse! I have never made them before so was quite excited by the prospect.
We loosely followed a Mary Berry Recipe (she is rather worshipped in our house!) :
175g (6oz) butter, softened
100g (4oz) caster sugar
225g (8oz) plain flour
fruit boiled sweets
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3. Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
2. Mix the butter and sugar into a bowl. Add the flour and bring the dough together by hand.
3. Roll out on a lightly floured work surface using a rolling pin. Use your large cutter to cut out the shapes. Use a smaller cutter to cut the middle out of each shape.
4. Place a boiled sweets in the centre of your biscuit.
5. Bake for approximately 15 minutes
The end result was fabulous (and very tasty)! Really proud that my girls love baking so much, and that they are willing and wanting to try new recipes and new ideas. I have seen these biscuits made with a little hole, so you can tie it on your Christmas tree - I might just try that this year.
I love capturing families doing family things. Sometimes that might be while you are at home, baking, reading, or just having special family times.
If you would like a photo shoot, to have your own precious family memories captured forever, please get in touch here to contact me. Oh, and feel free to spend a weekend trying out the stained glass window biscuit recipe - it is lots of fun and very tasty!