Monday, November 3, 2014

Sensory Play - Making Cookies Using Rubbing-in Method

The children love playing with dough recently - bread dough and pizza dough. It is interesting that the longer we knead the bread or pizza dough, the smoother and less sticky it becomes. 

Recently, the children had their hands on another type of dough - cookie dough. As the little hands were rubbing the butter into the flour, the mixture became something like breadcrumb. 

Before we started making cookies, I showed them a short video on rubbing-in method in making cookies. The chef in the video dropped the mixture from a distance above the mixing bowl to introduce air into the mixture, and the children followed. 

That reminded me of the "Lo Hei" during Chinese New Year. And the mess after that.



Instead of using spoons or cookie cutters, we used this whipped cream dispenser, which was bought from Daiso long time ago. I think I have kept it so well that I almost forget that I have bought it! 


It was a good practice to develop fine motor skill, as the children had to push the piston with one hand, and to use another hand to control the movement to make the desired pattern. 



Well, the cookies may not look very pretty, but they are yummy!


Ingredients:
100 grams plain flour
50 grams unsalted butter
50 grams sugar
1 beaten egg


Instruction:
  1. Sieve the flour into a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes, rub with flour with fingertips to make it look like breadcrumb.
  3. Add sugar and beaten egg.
  4. Put the mixture into refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. Put some mixture into the whipped cream dispenser (we bought from Daiso) or piping bag to make the cookies. Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.
  6. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes.

Tips:

Make the cookies of about same size. We made some small and some giant cookies, under the same oven temperature and timing, the small ones turned out to be crispy, while the big one turned out to be soft inside.


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