In the new year a friend came to visit and stay for a few weeks. When he left, I made him make a solemn promise that he would eat properly. But as he pointed out, without me there to cook for him, how could he hope to eat properly? Well, good grace means that I have to agree... so of course I had to bake up some biscuits to send him as a care package. I wanted something that would travel well through the post, be tasty, and somehow give him the warmth and hugs that I couldn't be there to give. These honey bears were just the ticket.
A teddy bear's picnic
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 large egg
4 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Cream the butter and sugar together until light. Add the egg & honey (the easiest way to deal with the honey is to weigh the bowl with the butter and sugar in it, and then add 125g of honey while it sits on the scales). Beat until light and fluffy. Sift the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix through. Knead lightly then wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Roll out the chilled dough to 1/2 a cm and cut out teddy bears. Place the on a baking tray (lightly oiled or with silicone paper) and decorate.
Bake for about 12 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Cool for a while on the tray until firm then move to a rack to cool. Decorate more if you desire and store in an airtight container.
I have entered my first Food Blog Event! Sugar High Friday, hosted by Habeas Brulee.