M, J and I each have a sweet tooth. Chocolate and biscuits rarely last more than a day in our house so I try not to make or buy them very often. [Linguistic note: By biscuit I mean a sweet cookie affair, not something bread or scone-like]. Nevertheless, when we found Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey I knew that some baking would definitely be on the cards.
Our story starts with
a lump of pastry that
Horace’s Mum gave him,
which Horace would usually
roll about over the floor
(and quite a lot smaller).
Horace’s Mum gave him
a biscuit cutter in the shape of
a bear to use.
Horace enjoys baking a biscuit bear, but doesn’t get the chance to eat it – first it is too hot, just out of the oven, then his mother doesn’t want him to spoil his appetite just before dinner, and when it comes to bedtime Horace has already cleaned his teeth and so the biscuit must remain uneaten.
Horace places his special biscuit bear on his pillow when he goes to sleep, no doubt dreaming of munching it up the next morning, but when morning comes, his biscuit it gone, only crumbs and the business card of a local bakers left on his pillow.
The delicious mystery of what has happened to the biscuit bear forms the bulk of this story. Lots of icing, sprinkles, candied peel, silver balls, circus tricks and Bongo the dog are all involved…. but I promise you the ending is a happy one, and one which will have you reaching for your own biscuit cutters and supply of cake or biscuit decorations!
So yes… we gave in to temptation and baked our own biscuit bears 🙂
Here’s the recipe we used:
1. Cream the butter and sugar.
2. Beat in the egg with the lemon juice.
3. Fold in the flour and form into a soft dough. If the dough is very sticky, wrap it in cling film and leave it in the fridge for half an hour or so to firm up.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured board and cut into biscuit shapes. Add raisins for eyes, then bake for 10 – 15 mins at 375F/190C/Gas mark 5.
5. Leave to cool – M used this time to design the clothes she was going to “dress” her bears in
6. Have fun “clothing” the bears with all manner of icing and decorations.
Delicious! Especially with a cup of tea and another reading of Biscuit Bear!
Biscuit Bear: ** (2 star)
Whilst baking, decorating and munching we’ve been listening to:
Other biscuit/book combos we have in mind include:
More baking-related book goodness can be found in this past Fantastic Fiction for Kids post and if you’ve got any more suggestions for biscuit (cookie) and book combos we could try out I’d love to hear them 🙂