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Easter themed family treasure hunt at Arborfield Green and Emmbrook

This Easter, the My Journey Programme worked together with the Community Engagement team to provide a variety of different activities for families to safely enjoy. With national restrictions still in place over Easter, it was not possible to arrange face to face events so we planned activities that families could do on their own.

One of these were our Easter themed walks in Arborfield and Emmbrook. These were themed around the recipe for traditional Easter biscuits inspired by a Mary Berry recipe. Families were tasked with finding five posters along a prescribed route. At each of these they were asked to guess the different ingredients, e.g. the dry ingredients such as flour and sugar. Once they had finished making their guesses, they could scan the QR code to check they were right. The last poster provided a reminder of all the ingredients as well as the method. Participants were asked to sent the list of these ingredients to us and they were entered into a draw for the chance to win some Easter eggs. 

In Arborfield these were very kindly provided by Millgate Homes and in Emmbrook by Tesco, Wokingham.

Hopefully all the winners enjoyed their Easter eggs and tried a little Easter baking. We are including the recipe here if you would like to try yourself.

For the dough

  • 100g/3.5oz softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g/2.5oz caster sugar
  • 1 large free-range egg yolk
  • 200g/7oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 50g/2oz raisins
  • caster sugar, for sprinkling

For icing the biscuit(optional)

  • 1–2 tsp lemon juice
  • 250g/9oz icing sugar
  • Different food colourings


Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Measure the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk. Sieve in the flour and spices and add enough milk to make a fairly soft dough. At this point you can bring it together, using your hands, to make a soft dough.
  3. Add the raisins to the mixture and knead lightly on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to a thickness of about 5mm/¼in. Cut using an assortment of shaped cutters, such as bunnies, Easter eggs, chicks or spring flowers. Place on the prepared baking trays. Sprinkle with caster sugar.
  4. If you want to make the biscuits without the icing you can move straight to step 8 to bake the biscuits
  5. To make the icing, pass one teaspoon of lemon juice through a fine sieve, to remove any pips. Mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice and then add about two tablespoons of cold water, adding it little by little until you have a relatively stiff but smooth icing. Add more sieved lemon juice if necessary.
  6. Divide the icing into separate bowls and mix in food colourings of your choice into the separate bowls of icing, until you achieve the desired shade.
  7. Spoon a little icing into a piping bag and pipe your decorations onto the biscuits. For a smooth finish, you can pipe the outline of your design in the firmer icing, then slacken it down a bit by mixing in a little more water, giving the icing more of a runny consistency, and use this to fill in the designs.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Keep a careful eye on the biscuits – it doesn’t matter if you open the oven door to check. Lift onto a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.