I’ve been researching, and the only leap year specific food I found was a South African pudding that looks suspiciously like queen of puddings, renamed. What’s that all about? a once every four year day, and nothing special to celebrate it? Well, what we say in this family is, if there isn’t a tradition in place that you like, make your own. And so I give you:
leap day biscuits
(A.K.A. fennel shortbread)
225g salted butter
225g plain flour
110g corn flour
1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds
green food colouring (optional)
Preheat the oven to 170 C/ 150 C Fan Prep some baking sheets with baking paper or the like
Cream the butter and sugar together and add the food colouring if using – I used 1 tsp of green and they only came out with a hint of green after baking, but I probably would just leave it out next time.
Add in the flours and fennel, mixing until you have a ball of dough. Roll out on a floured surface and cut out the shapes you desire. – I went for frogs because.. you know.. they leap?
besides which cutting out frogs means you can have something as mad as a box of frogs.
Bake for 15- 20 minuits. Allow to cool a little then finish of on a drying rack.
We shall have this biscuits after our main course of toad in the hole. More leap-minded food.