Sorry I got a bit mixed up there! What I meant to say was here is a blog post sharing the recipe of the lovely Chocolate and Cranberry Biscuits I made on Sunday and it also talks a little about the Tudor topic we have coming up in this final half term of school.
So firstly, below is the recipe for the biscuits. I would love to claim it as my own but it came from a wonderful cookbook by Tessa Kiros. I first saw one of her cookbooks, Falling Cloudberries, years ago and fell in love with it but at that time was a poor student so when I saw the equally beautiful looking Apples for Jam in the shop I just had to have it. And yes I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However I am so pleased I did because so far I have used it a lot, the recipes are delicious and I love the style of the book.
75g Butter, softened
50g Soft Brown Sugar
50g Caster Sugar
A few drops of Vanilla Extract
160g Plain Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
110g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped.
50g Dried Cranberries
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F/ Gas 5) and line two baking trays with baking paper. Mash up the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until well mixed, then whisk with electric beaters until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Sift in the flour and baking powder and add a small pinch of salt. Beat with the wooden spoon to make a soft sandy mixture. Stir in the chocolate and cranberries.
Lightly moisten your hands and roughly roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and place on the baking paper. Leave space for flattening and spreading. Bake for around 12-15mins, or until the biscuits are golden and darkening around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave them on the tray to cool and firm up.
Let me know if you bake them and what you think!
Now onto the Tudors part of the post. I know the Tudors topic at KS2 can be seen as one of those overdone and old fashioned topics but;
1) somehow I have managed to teach this every year I have ever taught even in three different schools and I love it
2) (and most importantly) the kids love it as a topic too! Every class I have ever taught loves this topic.
Next year I know I will not be teaching the Tudors so this is my last opportunity to teach it for however long it may be. We already have a trip to Kentwell Hall planned and our DT will be linked in with Tudor food. Our first week back we are having a re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth and our Literacy will be writing newspaper reports based on the Battle. I also managed to catch an episode of Supersizers -The Tudors (or something like that!) with Sue Perkins and Giles Coren. I found it really interesting and scribbled down lots to share with the children but wondered how accurate the show is?
I am really enjoying planning our learning for the next few weeks and will be back in a few days to share more of my ideas!