Days out diary - child friendly and family activities

Family days out childrens farm Family days out Thomas land and children railways Family days out London area Family days out Magna Science and Technology Centre Family days out Swing ride at The Big Sheep Family days out Baby Elephant at Twycross Zoo Family days out UK holidays

350g plain flour

1 tablespoon cocoa powder or a few drops vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

100g butter / hard margarine

175g soft light brown sugar

1 medium egg

4 tablespoons golden syrup

Pre-heat oven to 190°C / Gas mark 5

Sift flour and cocoa (if required)

Add bicarbonate of soda

Cut the butter into chunks and add to the bowl

Mix with a spoon until the butter is covered

Rub the butter until the mixture is fine breadcrumbs

Stir in the sugar

Put the egg and syrup into a small bowl

Whisk with a fork

Then add the syrup mixture to the flour

(Add the vanilla essence for vanilla flavoured biscuits)

Mix together until it forms a dough

Cover the work surface with flour

Kneed the dough gently until the mixture is smooth

Roll out the dough until it's about 5mm thick (¼)

Cut into shapes using a biscuit cutter

Place onto a greased biscuit tray

Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 mins (approx 8 to 10 if fan assisted)

Leave on baking trays for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack