Baking Day

Today Harry and Joey had a baking day. Since it was Halloween we decided to make Witches Kneebones, Grantham Gingerbread biscuits, from my go to cookbook, The Witches Handbook by Malcolm Bird, which I have used every Halloween since their mum was a child. Harry read out the recipe. Due to the book being quite old it only had the imperial measurements, which led to a discussion about pounds and ounces and grams and kilograms, as we weighed out our ingredients. Joey was entrusted with breaking the first egg and beating it up. Harry got to break the egg for our second batch. We always make double since they are so moreish! The boys carefully placed everything into the bowl and each had a turn at whisking it all together. Then they folded in the flour and kneaded it into a soft dough before rolling it into small balls which they placed onto a baking sheet and into the oven. At this point we had another discussion, this time about the difference between Fahrenheit and centigrade since we had to convert the temperature in the book so we knew how hot to heat the oven. Joey was a little worried when he looked through the glass oven door and saw that the balls of dough were spreading out until it was explained to him that they needed to spread out so they could become biscuits. We took a note of what time the biscuits went into the oven so we knew when 30 minutes had passed. At the end of the 30 minutes we carefully removed the baking trays from the oven and placed the biscuits on a wire rack to cool. Inevitably, as soon as they were cool enough we all had to sample our efforts. And very nice they were too, perfect Witches Kneebones.

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