A friend of mine recently took her five year old son, about to go into year 1, out of school because he was being pushed so hard he was beginning to hate learning. Encouraged by her own Scandinavian upbringing (which doesn’t put children into formal education until they’re 7) she was more than happy to remove him from his school and try her hand at home schooling him – an idea that I fully endorse, but honestly couldn’t do myself. I swear to God, I don’t know how she does it, especially since she also has a three year old at home to care for.
These are a great biscuit to make with your small sous-chefs. The Boy is three and a half and there a quite a few elements of this recipe that he can help with. They’re also a nice sturdy biscuit that won’t disappear into crumbs when clutched in a small, chubby fist.
I took this recipe from a book of British recipes and just adapted a few elements to make it my own.
75g/3oz rolled oats, toasted
50g/2oz caster sugar
50g/2oz soft brown sugar
175g/6oz plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarb
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
50g/2oz chopped almonds or nut of choice