a few days ago I whipped up some treats -
purdy lil' rabbit shaped cookies!
flavour - not known, rather buttery though
consistency - harder than steel
taste - surprisingly edible
I ain't no cook that's for sure. But I do love my biscuits and cakes and I love my little rabbit cookie cutters that I got in a dollar shop (oh, okay, a £1 shop, which would make it a $2 shop!)
and since I am not really a follower of rules - in my book rules are to be broken - I mixed and matched the recipe a bit.
So for those of you who would like to whip up these lagomorphs too, this is what I did:
surfed online, got a simple biscuit recipe at sainsburys.co.uk
scribbled it down -
cream butter and sugar together, then add flour. Roll out and cut shapes. Put in preheated oven 180degrees for 10 to 12 mins. Let cool on rack. Eat and boast
So - I got the ingredients ready, opened one slab of butter 250g and started to mush and grind it into the huge bowl of sugar whilst I was watching hot stuff Jason Bourne take out half of London.
Nearly ripped my arm off with the exertion so passed the mix to my mum to have a go, who finished beating it all together.
5 minutes later decided that I was not going to bother adding the other 250g pack of butter, as my arm was still sore and it looked like there was more than enough butter in there already anyway.
Went thru to the kitchen but left the door open so I could still keep an eye on busy busy Jason
Poured in some flour and it looked like a snowstorm had hit town!
so, wondering how I was going to get it to absorb the other 400g of flour, I cracked an egg into it
well, that made it clog up even more
so I added a few splashes of soy milk
My mum came in and said something about sticking to the recipe - what recipe?!
Anyway, I struggled with the glug for a while, Jason had made his way to Russia so I came back thru to watch the last 10 mins
then back to the kitchen
where I managed to finally get all the flour in and it seemed to have some sort of consistency where I could latch on to a chunk and press it into a slab on a well floured tray
My mum intervened to say to use a rolling pin - what rolling pin? - meaning, oh god, not another thing I am going to have to wash up
So I did use the rolling pin and managed to get the dough so thin on the tray that it stuck real well.
Had to prize some of it off with a knife, but managed to use my uber-cutesy rabbit cookie cutters and spent the next hour rolling, prizing, cutting and placing the buns on the baking trays.
Put the first tray in the oven to see the rabbits puff up like balloons,
Then being the fast learner that I am, I put the next tray on the bottom shelf, and they puffed up only a tiny bit, and looked more like rabbits than bullfrogs.
Waited for them to brown a bit, put them up onto the top shelf, added the next tray to the bottom shelf - and so began the endless, mindless cycle of watching your cookies bake
- as I tried not to slaver on them as I removed the browned batches, and puffed up with pride at my creations.
About an hour or two later I giddily made my way out of the kitchen, glad to have eaten only one rabbit in the whole baking process, it was minus an ear anyway, and looked more like a guinea pig, so just had to go
then collected some of the buns into a big tub, after leaving a small warren-filled tub for my mum
but it wasn't just me that I was cooking for.
Oh no, as my mission was actually to bake Wes another supply of fibre rich heart cookies which help keep his back molars ground down and hence stop spurs from growing, and so, stopping him from getting zonked out and having an unnecessary trip to the vets
These are the sugar filled gems that my little beastie goes mad over every single morning when I crawl out of bed and he races under my feet in the kitchen waiting for his 'breakfast'
They have baby food in them (pear and apple, apple and banana, mango and kiwi fruit and, okay - just joking, but they are pretty groovy ingredients)
and they have dried carrots, ground herbs (thanks mum :) chopped alfalfa grass, allen and page rabbit pellets, rolled oats and sometimes a freshly chopped banana, but I forgot to put one in this time, and I think that is about it.
Want the recipe for this one?
well, every time they come out slightly different but it is roughly:
1 moderate sized tea cup pellets
1 ms tea cup rolled oats
2 small jars baby food (the size of a kiwi fruit)
1 handful chopped dried carrots (I use Burns carrots)
1 handful chopped alfalfa hay (I just snip it with my fingers to 1cm lengths when watching Jason watch Pamela Landy ....)
1/2 handful dried herbs, rabbit mix from Burns, ground in grinder
add water to the mix to get a not too wet consistency
press into a heart cookie cutter whilst on the baking tray
do this about 200 times.....
put tray into preheated over around 250degrees
cook for about 10 mins on top shelf
take tray out, after 5 mins use a butter knife to turn cookie over to lumpy side
place tray back in oven on bottom shelf for 5 to 10 mins
and do this, tray up, tray down, tray in, tray out, until all the mix is used up
and you really need a seat and a cup of tea
then place all cookies, piled up on a couple trays, in oven for about 10 to 20 mins, turn heat down to maybe 180/150degrees
making sure cookies do not turn brown as they burn easily
then the next day, when you discover they are slightly spongy and did infact need that extra 10 mins in the still- hot oven, spread out on wooden chopping boards in your living room in the sunny spots and leave to air dry and crisp up for a couple hours
then puff up with pride, store in cute little containers and give one to your demanding rabbit every morning
as you enjoy your cup of tea in your supermarine spitfire mug with lagomorph cookies in the sunny spot!
It was not only hearts and buns that I've been cooking up lately - I just made up a small batch of summer meadow hare brooches for an exhibition I was invited to participate in!
I got an email the other day asking if I would like to send some hares down to Manchester for an upcycled/recycled exhibition
ofcourse I said yes, because most of my work uses already-used fabrics and stuffs - like old bits of jewellery and key chains and scraps of this and thats
so I laid out some hares on a sheet to see how many should go (the big hare at the back, Baby Hare Sure is already sold and I will be writing his story this evening as soon as I finish this post), as he was just there for an example, cos I will have 2 more hares behind the mothers Vespertine and Starbright
and some of these summer meadow hare brooches will be going down there too
I pulled apart a funky retro necklace with big oval rings on it, and a sparkly bracelet with opalescent jewels that compliment the mint green hares beautifully
and I have a large stash of vintage pearls from my gran that adorn endless brooches, and then I always find interesting little bits of sparkly metal things that I like to attach to them as well
I think they look rather spiffing, eh?
- it's all faux fur bits too. ofcourse :)
I'm rather liking this grey one with the bow and long tails and scrap of long silvery bracelet strand with a glistening grey jewel
- perhaps it may be staying behind.........
hey, what's this mess on my plate?
I'm not into dried grass and tree bark, not whilst there's tasty little sugar and butter filled treats on the go -
so c'mon - show me the bunnys!!??
hope you enjoy cooking your own treats :)