Clean Little Hot Cross Biscuits
Easter is a lovely time of the year, isn't it? The weather is warmer, there's lots of Spring flowers everywhere, and we all seem to emerge from the hibernation of winter with a fresh feeling, ready to embrace the coming months.
As the seasons are changing, Easter time also brings new flavours, and new foods. You can't move around this time of year without seeing Hot Cross Buns (a real sign that Easter is around the corner). Yet, as delicious and tempting as they are, they're also packed with sugar! So I've come up with a clean biscuit version of the much-loved Easter favourite.
These biscuits are a lovely, zesty and fruity alternative to the Hot Cross Bun. They are naturally sweetened with dates, orange zest, dried fruit and honey. They are easy to make, especially if you have a food processor, and they make a great after-school snack. You could also make a big batch with your children to give as gifts at Easter time, or simply enjoy them with a cup of tea in the garden on a Spring afternoon.
The Easter holidays are a great time to get your children in the kitchen and this easy, healthy recipe is a great place to start. Like all my recipes, these biscuits are packed with flavour but without any processed nasties. Sweetened naturally, these make a tasty Easter Biscuit which you can make with your children.
250g plain flour
100g ground almonds
50g unsalted butter or coconut oil (softened)
2 tbsp honey
5 medjool dates, chopped (very finely chopped if you're not using a food processor)
1 tsp baking power
2 tsp mixed spice
zest of half an orange
50g raisins or sultanas
What you need to do:
Pre Heat the oven to 160C Fan
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the egg, honey, butter and dates.
Mix together until they form a dough. You might find it easier to use your hands, a perfect messy activity for a clean little tummy!
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until it forms a dough
Wrap in cling-film and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Roll out the dough until it is about 5mm thick. The cookies will rise slightly when they cool.
Use your easter cutters or a simple circle cutter to cut out shapes and place on a baking tray.
Bake in a preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. If making bigger shapes then will need longer, watch carefully as they can burn quite easily.
To make the crosses you will need:
50g white chocolate
1 tbsp greek yoghurt
1 tsp juice from an orange
Melt the chocolate in small bowl over a pan of boiling water or melt in the microwave
Mix with the yoghurt and orange juice
Decorate your biscuits with crosses, I used a cocktail stick to make the small lines.
Enjoy & Happy Easter Baking
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx