Everytime I say Fork Biscuits, I have to say it in a dodgy accent and find my inner Two Ronnies and go through the ‘Fork Handles /Four Candles Sketch.’ It never fails to make me laugh and these little biscuits are a sure winner too.
I am not a natural baker – my cooking style is rustic to say the least, so having to measure and be patient is not really my forte. However this week my 6 year old son, fell and broke his arm and ended up having an operation to have it pined and plated. This meant spending a night in hospital with him whilst my Other Half was at home with our 4 year old daughter. I don’t know about you but we are so much better when we are together under one roof and we have been left slightly shaken and stirred Ms Moneypenny.
So since we are home from hospital (The NHS provided outstanding care by the way) I have felt the need to nest and get my balance back. I have spent time cooking and baking in a hope that home made goodness will help him on his road to recovery. It is also helping me block out the fact that the rest of the holidays are going to be spent in fracture clinic!
I came across this recipe from the Queen of baking herself – Mary Berry. It’s only three ingredients, low level effort yet turns out wonderful, crumbly, buttery morsels of lusciousness. It’s also an easy one for the Small People in your life to make.
These can be whipped up so quick they are amazing. I managed to make a batch of these whilst prepping dinner and refereeing the Small People squabbling over how to use their new walkie Talkies which I had ordered in the early hours of the morning whilst he was in hospital! Oh and did I mention that our 14 year old cat has decide to live somewhere else and turns up occasionally for food? Well yes you’ve got it – she turned up whilst I was making these (I don’t think the cat hair adds anything by the way!) So without labouring a point – you’ they are easy!
Preheat the oven to 180°C /fan 160°C/ gas 4.
Lightly butter two baking trays.
Measure the butter into a bowl and beat to soften.
Gradually beat in the sugar and then the flour.
Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough.
Form the dough into 16 balls about the size of a walnut and place spaced well apart on the prepared baking trays.
Dip a fork in a little water and use this to flatten the biscuits.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes until a very pale golden. Lift off the baking tray and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
Thats it – easy and scummy and easily scoffed by a Small Boy with only one working arm!