Paddington’s paw prints – Don’t panic it’s a biscuit!.
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
- 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.
- Pop into the fridge for 10 minutes to set up a little before baking. This makes the shape and edges stay sharp when baked.
- 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.