As I mentioned yesterday this Christmas I’m trying to do more homemade gifts, decorations and scents and after the success of my Christmas Pot Pourri, which by the way, you can get a second day out of it just keep filling it up with water, today it was the gifts for teachers, class room assistants and therapists.
Normally I would buy tins of sweets or biscuits for these gifts which would cost us £60/£70 but not this year ‘Frugal Fionnuala’ is doing things differently and getting Hannah and Rebecca busy at making delicious shortbread. I was out shopping with my mum a few weeks ago and bought little jute sacks which I thought would be perfect for this task and they were a bargain at only £1.99 for three sacks. The girls finish school for Christmas break on Wednesday so the latest the baking could be done was today.
When the boys went to rugby this morning we got to work. The recipe for Short bread is as follows:
This should make 30 pieces of shortbread
250g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
100g caster sugar
- Preheat oven to 170 C
- In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and add to the butter and sugar and mix to combine into the dough
- Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 10 mins.
- On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out and cut into whichever shapes you wish and place on baking trays
- Bake in a preheated oven for 10/15 mins
When the shortbread had cooled down we placed 12 pieces in a clear sandwich bag and sealed it with some Christmas ribbon. We then but the bags in the jute sacks which Adam named ‘Little Sacks of Joy’
The girls really enjoyed making these for their teachers and can’t wait to go to school on Monday which also means there should be no mysterious illness or sickness come over them bedtime tomorrow night.
What gifts do you send into school for teachers?