MasterChef Kenya… Sablées Animal Biscuits

The music blares from a parked car and fills our ears as we are greeted by many of the team. We catch up and share stories about the last few weeks, our time in England and there’s in Kenya. Kenya has a new president and Nakuru has a new Governor. There is optimism in the air, the elections passed peacefully and it seems people are happy to be able to return to normal life. The team is excited about returning to the field. We have had to do some restructuring and so will be taking on some new team members, this has been a blessing in disguise as we have had numerous people wanting to be involved with the project for some time now but we have not had enough work for them all. We start interviews this Monday as well as training up those we take on permanently. So far they all seem enthusiastic and we look forward to getting to know them better.

Our excellent field officer is making plans for the coming weeks so we can do our best to navigate around the heavy rains.  For now, some places will not be accessible until the worst of the wet season passes.


The rain hammers down on the plastic roofing on top of our apartment block, the light is dim as the black clouds gather over Nakuru, it’s the rainy season so during the afternoon we try not to be caught outside. Thankfully we all love cooking so for our afternoon activity we headed to the kitchen. Lucas jumped in and was excited to make some biscuits.  We were so impressed at how he just got on with it, we filmed a little for you and got John and Greg to taste it….. 😉

Recipe: Sablées Hollandaise Animal Biscuits – made by Lucas


400g plain white flour

4g baking powder

5ml Vanilla extract

200g caster sugar

15ml water

4 egg yolks

200g soft butter


1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC

2. Sift the flour and baking powder together and make a central well

3. Add the water, yolks and vanilla to the well and work it all together slowly adding the sugar

4. Add the softened butter until well combined and kneaded in to a ball

5. Wrap in cling-film and chill in the fridge (makes it easier to roll and prevents butter melting)

6. Once chilled, roll to desired thickness (we made them just over half a cm) and cut animal shapes (or anything else)

7. Brush the biscuits with a wash of mixed milk and a beaten egg

8. Place in the oven for 12 minutes

9. Serve and if you are Lucas, try each one before presenting them for judging 😉

14 thoughts on “MasterChef Kenya… Sablées Animal Biscuits

  1. Ha ha, brilliant….I wish Greg had said “buttery biscuit base” but Lucas spitting the biscuit out was a comedy genius moment!!! Love you all xxx

  2. Ah he is learning from the best!! So cute! I miss you all, wish I was back there spending afternoons cooking with you!! Xx

  3. That is the best video ever! He knows what he’s doing doesn’t he?! You are doing a fabulous job with him…he is one very lucky boy! Keep up the great work! 🙂 Lots of love xxx

  4. That video of cute little Lucas is just brilliant – I was in stitches watching it! Must be strange being back after such a long stint in the UK but good luck with all the upcoming challenges and we’re always thinking of you xx

  5. We absolutely loved this video! George and Jak wanted to watch it over and over…they giggled so much! Lots of love to you all from all the Harrisons x

  6. That video had me in tears of laughter! Lucus is such a happy go lucky lad, he’s certainly a true Masterchef in the making with such an amazing mum for a mentor! Great editing as always too! x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s