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November 24, 2014 / mintcustard

Paddington’s paw prints – Don’t panic it’s a biscuit!.

Paddington Bear's paw print biscuits.

Paddington Bear’s paw print biscuits.

Journeys to and from Cornwall as a child, crammed in the back of the family Cortina, were made a little easier by a Bear named Paddington. Micheal Horden’s velvet tones soothed sibling rivalries and gave us all a craving for marmalade sandwiches to boot. I am really looking forward to going to see the movie. I know my two are now 17 and 20 but they might just come with me (yeah right!)

Anyhow, a little leftover cookie dough and a life spent day dreaming gave me an idea for a Paddington bear biscuit. Flavouring the biscuit dough with some orange zest might just mean that you have some competition for these biscuits from a small Peruvian bear.

Paddington’s paw prints.

100g soft butter

50g caster sugar

150g plain flour

Zest of one orange

How to

  • Preheat the oven to 160c
  • Beat together the butter, orange zest and sugar until well combined.
  • Work in the flour, first with a wooden spoon and then with your hands.
  • Knead together until the dough becomes uniform and pliable.
  • Leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Pinch off a ball of dough about the size of a walnut and four small balls the size of a marble.
  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Position the large dough ball and then put the small balls around the edge of the larger. Press down gently.
  • Before and after flattening.

    Before and after flattening.

  • Pop into the fridge for 10 minutes to set up a little before baking. This makes the shape and edges stay sharp when baked.
Chill before baking.

Chill before baking.

  • Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until just beginning to darken slightly.

Make a cup of cocoa, get a plate of biscuits, a cream bun or two and settle down for a gossip with Mr Gruber. If anyone suggests otherwise, a Paddington Bear stare may be in order.

 

 

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