Bookish Bites : Press Here dotty biscuits
It started a few weeks ago when we took a look at Milo’s feet in his shoes and thought, hmmm… they look a bit squished. So, the outing to the local shoe shop one Sunday afternoon needed to take place. I don’t know about you but when I was little, this always felt a bit special. The smell of new shoes, being allowed to pick several different pairs to try on, having your feet measured on the funny little foot stool. I’m pretty sure my mum would take me out afterwards for lunch or a cake somewhere nice and of course, there was always that delight of wearing your new shoes out of the shop with your old ones left in the box. Oh yes. Shoe shopping always felt special. And quite rightly too, children’s shoes are not cheap… and their feet seem to grow really fast.
Now, when we told Milo we needed to get his feet checked and that he might be getting some new shoes, he instantly said “flashing shoes? Like Charlotte?” We found two pairs, one blue with a dinosaur on and one pair red without a dinosaur. Milo tried on both.
It was impossible to know whether he liked them or not or which he preferred as he just wouldn’t speak, nod, utter movement or sound at all. He stared somewhere into the beyond or gazed at his feet. We went for the blue with the dinosaur on the side as they had an extra flashing light in the dinosaurs eyes and well, that just seemed better! Milo wore his new shoes out of the shop and into a nearby cafe where we stopped for a treat and where he revealed that we had chosen the right shoes and that yes, it is always best to have dinosaurs with flashing red eyes. Phew! Milo’s treat, a dotty cookie.
It took us a while to realise what he was doing, puffing and blowing and especially shutting his eyes during his cookie, but we got it when he started pressing the yellow smartie and saying “press here” – it seemed the perfect idea for Bookish Bites.
We started with reading the book then moved on to making the biscuits:
115 grams of butter
65 grams caster sugar
140 grams plain white flour
25 grams of semolina (or you can use ground rice)
grated rind of one lemon
a little lemon juice for your hands
a few tubes of smarties
Beat the butter until soft.
Add the sugar and beat until well mixed, then sieve the flour and add this, the semolina and lemon rind to the mixture. Beat thoroughly.
Scoop the dough up with your hands and knead it into a ball. To make it less sticky squeeze a little lemon juice on your hands first. This will only add a little more of a lemony zing to your biscuits.
Try and stop your toddler from eating all the mix before you roll it out on a flat surface.
We shaped our dough biscuits into squares so that they looked like pages from the book. Pop them in the oven at 180 for about 12 minutes or until they are golden brown.
While the biscuits were baking, we divided a few tubes of smarties so the colours matched the ones in the book, picking out blue, red and yellow. This is a great activity to do if your child is just learning their colours, though there is a lot of pestering to eat them all!
Once the biscuits were done, I mixed up a little icing sugar – you don’t need much, just a few tablespoons mixed with a little water. I then covered a couple of biscuits with the icing sugar to make white pages, and left the rest plain. Blob little dots of icing sugar where you want to put your press here smarties.
We then all snuggled on the sofa to read Press Here again with a cookie and some milk.
Clapping, clapping, clapping!
Milo’s verdict: “Press here biscuits, fantastico!”