Guest Blog by Peter Twitchett, Executive Head Chef of the RD Jones Group
Cooking with kids during the school holidays is always a fun activity. As a chef, I love teaching kids about fresh produce, where their food comes from and how to cook their favourite things. I’ve been cooking with my kids since they could stand at the kitchen bench.
This Christmas, get the kids in the kitchen and try making this shortbread cookies recipe, which is simple and delicious. Their favourite part will be the decorating, so I’ve included a recipe for icing as well. Seeing their proud faces at the end is priceless.
Melted butter, to grease
225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
120g (2/3 cup) rice flour
100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
Pinch of salt
225g cold butter, coarsely chopped
Plain flour, extra, to dust
Preheat oven to 150C. Brush 2 large baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.
Combine the flour, rice flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
Roll dough out until 1cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from dough. Place on prepared trays. Bake in oven for 45 minutes, swapping trays halfway through cooking, or until shortbreads start to change colour. Cool on trays for 1 hour.
INGREDIENTS :: Icing
1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture, sifted
25g butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk, or water
Few drops of food colouring
Using a wooden spoon, combine icing sugar, butter and milk in medium bowl until smooth. Add a touch of extra milk or water to get a glossier consistency.
Add enough food colouring to tint icing to desired colour. Mix well.
Using disposable piping bags fill with 1 or 2 Tablespoons of mix, cut and tie to make mini
You can also join us for FREE Christmas cookie decorating when dining at any of the following venues:
The Bartley – Bartley Terrace, West Lakes Shore SA 5020
Cove Tavern – Hallett Cove Shopping Centre, 4 Ramrod Ave, Hallett Cove SA 5158
The Holdy – 83 Brighton Rd, Glenelg South SA 5045
The Gully – 1349 North East Road Tea Tree Gully, 5091, SA
The Midway – 212 Midway Road, Elizabeth Downs SA 5113
Settlers Tavern – 249 Montague Road, Ingle Farm, SA 5098
The Woodcroft Hotel – Bains & Panalatinga Roads, Woodcroft, SA 5162