Hedgehog cookies for teething bubs

Posted by: Penny Leach 2 years, 3 months ago


One of the mummies in my mummy group came for a tyrant play date the other day and brought some hedgehog teething cookies for Veronika which were a huge hit! She screamed when I took one away, so I thought I'd better learn how to make them.  Izzy kindly gave me the reciple, so here it is:


50g wholemeal flour
150g plain white flour or more
75g semolina
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
75g butter
1 medium ripe banana
3 tablespoons apple concentrate, or some other sweetener that isn't sugar (NOT honey)
1 egg
Put the flours, semolina, ginger and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter. Mash the banana well with the apple concentrate and stir into the mixture, along with the egg to make a smooth pliable dough.
Roll out on lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with biscuit cutters. Bake on lightly greased baking trays in an oven pre-heated to 200 degrees C for around 15-20 mins until golden and firm. 
I had no idea what Apfeldicksaft was and after failing to find it in the supermarket, and being directed by the shop assistant to completely the wrong thing, I took Izzy's advice and took myself and my bear off to the health store where we found it.  I still don't really know what it is or what it is in English, but it's some sort of very thick syrup like apple concentrate.
You have to use your judgement a bit with the flour as depending how big the banana is and how thick the apple concentrate is, you'll need more or less.
As you can see, they're a huge hit!  Thanks, Izzy! They're also great snacks for older kids too.
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Ewen McNeill 2 years, 3 months ago

Were you aware that your images in this post are 3648x2736 pixels large (2.6MB each), and appear not to have any scaling when they come through the RSS feed? 1024x768 pixels (or less), and under 500KB would typically be more appropriate for online display.

Within the blog post it appears to be relying on client-side auto-scaling caused by CSS scaling images to "max-width: 100%", where the text column it is in is constrained to a fixed width. Which looks okay, but does result in 5MB data transfer per fresh page load.


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penny 2 years, 3 months ago

Actually my husband pointed that out to me last night and I meant to change it but then got distracted putting the tyrant to bed. I stupidly assumed that they would be resized to something sensible automatically by mezzanine, since it does resize the featured image. I ran mogrify over them to change to 1024x768. Cheers!

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Ewen McNeill 2 years, 3 months ago


I guess it's a sign we're living in the future when something not happening automagically is a surprise. (It does seem to violate the Princple of Least Surprise though, given most online services do auto-resizing on upload these days.)


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martin 2 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, thanks Izzy for the crumbs *ALL OVER*. ;)

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Andrew McMillan 2 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like Apfeldicksaft is an Apple version of Golden Syrup, or for a commercial baker I guess it would be High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Maybe you could confirm this by making Anzac biscuits using Apfeldicksaft. That could be fun :-)

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