The call’s out. It’s the annual Christmas-Twilight-Market-fund-raising event for the Cherub’s school.They’re asking for volunteers to help out at a food stall, sell tickets, set up or pack up.
This is probably going to get me into some trouble, but I never volunteer to do any of that. I don’t want to set up or pack up and I don’t want to stand for 2 hours cooking and serving dumplings (especially since at the last fund-raiser, they ran out of dumplings by the time I got to the front of the queue. I’m not bitter about it though).
I’m exhausted by the end of each day without having to do extra work as it is. I like to browse the stalls at my leisure, sit down when I want and eat when I want. Besides, they need people to give their funds, so they can actually raise funds right? But kudos and thank you to the amazing parents and teachers who do volunteer their time and energy, I absolutely admire their generosity : )
However, the beauty of fund-raisers is that there’s always a cake stall! And I’ll happily bake something that I would love to eat for the stall. In the last few years, I’ve baked things like oatmeal and raisin cookies, banana muffins, chocolate crackles… all sugar reduced, whole-meal flour and with 70% chocolate where applicable.
It’s not a competition, but why do I always only see the school kids running around with biscuits laden with sprinkles from an unnatural origin and cupcakes piled 3 cms high with garish coloured icing sugar. Bless my little Panda, she always dutifully buys one of my ‘natural’ looking creations and eats it quietly next to me.
Again, it’s not a competition, but this time round, I’m gonna join ’em (ok, so the Cherubs pleaded with me to make something yummy AND fun – but don’t I always??). This year, I’m going to try to make plain WHITE flour butter cookies dipped in chocolate (Panda’s request) and HUNDREDS and THOUSANDS (Soccer Boy’s request)… Ok, I still reduced the sugar (but not to Sally standards, promise it’s just a small reduction) and the chocolate is a mix of milk and 50% dark chocolate. Did you know milk chocolate has 3 times more sugar than 70% dark chocolate?!?
And if I don’t see cute little kids with butter cookie, chocolate and hundreds and thousands smears on their faces at the markets, I have 2 kgs of icing sugar at home and I’m (sort of) not afraid to use it for the next fund-raiser.
Butter biscuits dipped in chocolate and sprinkles
- 250g softened butter
- 120g (3/4 cup) sifted icing sugar
- 375g (2 1/2 cups) sifted plain flour
- 200g chocolate of your choice
- Sprinkles (OPTIONAL!!)
- Beat butter and icing sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy
- Stir the flour into the mix in two batches until just combined
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth
- Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a 25 cm log
- Cover each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about one hour or until firm
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Cut the logs into 1 cm slices and place them 2.5 cm apart on the baking tray
- Bake for about 10 mins
- Let the biscuits cool on the trays
- Boil water in a pot
- Pour the sprinkles (if using) into a small bowl
- Break the chocolate up into pieces and put into a metal heat proof bowl
- Put the bowl on top of the pot, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water
- Mix the chocolate occasionally until the chocolate has melted
- Dip the biscuits into the chocolate
- Dip the biscuits into the sprinkles bowl
- Leave to set on a tray lined with baking paper or if it’s a warm day, just pop it into the fridge to set.
- When you’re creaming the butter and sugar, you can add the grated rind of a lemon or lime, vanilla essence or any essence you prefer. You can also add nuts to the biscuits before you bake them. I just made plain biscuits this time because the Cherubs asked me not to try anything fancy : (
- In case you’re wondering – I didn’t buy the 2 kg of icing sugar. My sister A’s neighbour had a lot of it and gave it to A. A doesn’t use icing sugar, so she gave it all to me : )