Residents at Redwell Hills Care Home in Consett channelled their inner Mary Berry and set about following the great lady's recipe for fork biscuits.
They weighed out the self-raising flour, butter and caster sugar using a set of Salter no56 scales, which instantly brought back some happy memories. Some residents had had a set themselves, while others remembered their parents using them or some very similar.
They measured butter into a small bowl and beat it to soften it, then they gradually beat in the sugar then the flour, then brought the mixture together with their hands to form a dough. Once the dough was ready they made little balls and used a fork to flatten them. One resident greased the baking trays and the biscuits were baked in the oven for 20 minutes.
Baking has been shown to be a great activity for elderly people. It allows them to explore the senses, provides a creative outlet, helps to spark memories and encourages conversation.
One of the best things about baking is that you can give away your creations and make other people happy. Here at Redwell Hills we like to share ours with a lovely cup of tea from the tea trolley!
Date published: 18 June 2019
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