This time last week Flump and myself had returned from a great morning spent at Green’s Windmill. The lovely Lizzie had organised a morning at the windmill for us to go with our little ones to do some baking – how could we turn down such a tempting invite. So on the Friday morning after the school run, off we went to meet with some of our lovely friends and their little ones for a ver messy morning.
The morning was spent making snowball cookies, a tad misplaced seasonally considering how glorious a spring day it was, but they went down a treat. It did involve an awful lot of squiggling ingredients by hand, a la Paul Hollywood, which the kids delighted in, and I’m not sure how much of the mix went into the little mouths!! The bloke running the course ( I have to apologise as his name I have completely forgotten!!), was brilliant with kids and parents alike, and it made for a very relaxed morning.
While waiting for the cookies to bake, we were left to our own devices to explore the windmill, play in the courtyard, enjoy a culpa. We decided to climb the windmill – it was great to see inside a working mill and to follow the process of the grain as it was made into flour. All that climbing led to a great appetite which was sated by consumption of a number of the cookies.
There are some great activities available at the windmill and we will definitely be participating in some future events,
Recipe for Snowball Cookies. (courtesy of Green’s Windmill)
1. 100g softened butter
2. 75 g icing sugar
3. 150g plain flour
4. 25g porridge oats
5. 25g chopped peanuts (optional)
6. Grated lemon zest
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160 Fan/ Gas 4
2. Cream the butter and icing sugar until soft and fluffy.
3. Stir in the flour, followed by the ate, nuts, lemon zest and a pitch of salt. Mix until it forms a dough(it will be quite dry).
4. Form into walnut size balls and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes
5. Place in al arge bowl with the rest of the icing sugar a toss to coat.