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These posts will provide you with everything you need to know for baking our recipes with your own children.

Frozen Fruit Push Pops


It has been a while since we have baked or cooked anything that we have shared on the blog and now that summer has officially arrived I thought it was time we got back to sharing some tasty treats! I thought that sharing one of our favourite picnic additions would be perfect to get us started on our summer recipes.

When we go on picnics throughout the summer we tend to take a few things with us that are very conventional such as sandwiches or wraps, cocktail sausages, yoghurt, buns or cake, water or juice and a few other bits we have made around the time we go. We do always try to also make our frozen fruit push pops that day before we go too.  Filled with any kind of fruit or veg you like they are versatile and filled with nutrients. Plus they are very refreshing, making them the perfect addition to a picnic with children.

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Let’s Get Baking- Mars Bar Brownies


So all credit for this recipe goes to Simon’s Dad who first got me making these! They are incredible and defiantly one I keep handy at all times!

They are quite easy to make and seriously yummy! You don’t want to miss out on These Mars Bar Brownies!

To get started you will need:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Medium mars bars (frozen for an hour or two)
  • 75g Butter/ Margarine
  • 150 Plain Flour
  • 2.5ml/ 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 250g milk chocolate (your favourite makes them better)

You will also need:

  • Square cake tin (Any will do though)
  • Baking Paper
  • 2 Medium Bowls (1 Glass)
  • Saucepan
  • Electric Whisk
  • Sieve
  • Metal spoon
  • Plastic or Silicone Spatula
  • Knife

Ingredients Mars Bar Brownies

Now let’s get to actually making them!

You first need to pre-heat the oven to 180 oC. Ensure you grease and line your cake tin with butter and baking paper. D did not Continue reading “Let’s Get Baking- Mars Bar Brownies”

Let’s Get Baking – Lemon Curd Cupcakes


Recently we learnt that we all like lemon flavored goodies so i decided to combine our favorite (cupcakes) and lemon curd. All made by us!

I highly recommend making your lemon curd up first and while it is cooling make your cupcakes. We used this recipe for our Lemon Curd. I must say it really was yummy! If you are only planning to use it for the cupcakes i recommend halving the ingredients as it makes quite a lot! (You can always keep some in a jar for later though!)

Here is our lemon curd through its steps.

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Now on to our cupcakes!

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Let’s Get Baking – Doughnut Biscuits


Yesterday we attempted to make doughnuts, I wanted to try making them so we could make them again for D’s Birthday. As you can tell from the title of our post it didn’t go well. However it was rather fun to make and true to our usual baking we hadst followed the recipe correctly (whoops!). I have noticed a trend in our baking, we are very good at making mistakes that are quite yummy! Although our doughnuts did not turn out as doughnuts, we did end up with biscuits that taste and look like doughnuts but they have a nice crunch and a biscuit texture to them.

It wasn’t our intention to make the mistake and we had started by following the recipe exactly. The only problem was I forgot the last part and we used too much butter so we had tried to balance out the other ingredients to match. Once we had balanced the ingredients out we had a dough and had forgotten about the recipe. If however you would like to make doughnuts the recipe we where using can be found here.

If you would like to make out doughnut biscuits then simply follow our steps below.

Firstly you will need:

  • 1 cup/ 200g of Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup/ 120g of butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups/ 360g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

 

Now to make the biscuits you will need to;

Turn the oven on to 180  and line 2 tins with Greaseproof paper.

Add your butter and sugar to a bowl where you will need to ‘cream’ them (mix together thoroughly by pushing the butter and sugar to the side of the bowl with a spoon until completely mixed). This can be quite hard to do but it is easier if you use softened butter.

Next (The part I hate!) you will need to add two eggs that have already been cracked and whisked separately. Thoroughly mix the eggs into the mixture, don’t worry it’s supposed to look like that! (I know it horrible, hence why I hate it.)

Time to add in the flour, salt and nutmeg. once they have all been added you will need to stir it well until it starts to form a dough. You may need a little more flour to get a good dough. (It isn’t sticking to your hands.) D loves this part he gets to watch and help make a liquid become a solid and simply watches the bowl and mixture in amazement. (When he’s not too busy helping me mix it.)

Now for the fun bit! You will need to separate the dough into small balls made by rolling the dough in your hands. I suggest you test the size of the doughnut shape before rolling the whole mixture. (Don’t make them too big.) Once you have the mixture divided into balls, take them one at a time and slightly press between your hands before pushing a finger or round tool through the middle. Do make your middle bigger than ours in the pictures as it will otherwise disappear during baking. It is great to get the kids to help with this as they love playing with dough’s. D as I am sure many of you know loves poking dough, so this was perfect for him I simply made a dent in the middle of the dough and he made a hole though either side. He was very proud of himself!

 

Once you have all your biscuits shaped you will need to arrange them on your trays. Do not add too many to one tray or put them close together they will merge during baking if you do. Pop them in the oven for around 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown.

After baking allow to cool completely before decorating.

 

You can decorate your biscuits with anything you like. We used some icing sugar and water to make a bit of icing that we put on our biscuits. D really loved putting icing on the biscuits.

 

We had lots of fun making our biscuits, we just hope that you do too.

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Let’s Get Baking – Apple Turnovers


Now that December has well and truly gone I miss the time me and D spent baking, but we can’t bake every week of the year or it’s just not special (plus I will get fatter, not smaller!). With this in mind I have decided we will continue with our let’s get baking (Woo hoo!) And we will do it every month,  we will bake at some point throughout each month so basically when we take a mood for something tasty and fun! Every month on the last Thursday we will share our ‘recipes’ ( I’m not sure if you can call them that) and all of our fun! Why not join in with us too and if you have something you want to try but are apprehensive then ask and we will (attempt to) do a dry run for you! Baking with children is funny, exciting,  wonderous and yummy! The mess? Well it happens and it’s usually really easy to tidy as you go with our experiments ‘recipes’ (if it’s not I will tell you at the top of the post!) Continue reading “Let’s Get Baking – Apple Turnovers”

Let’s Get Baking – Chocolate Strawberry Creame’s


This week we are making Chocolate Strawberry Creame’s.  We where supposed to make Chocolate Pepper mint Creame’s but I thought we had pepper mint flavouring, so when we went shopping I didn’t get any! Oops a daisy!
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Let’s Get Baking – Runny Fudge Cupcakes


This week we have been a bit more adventurous with our recipe, we made runny fudge cupcakes!
Yes you have probably never had runny fudge and are wondering what it is?

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Let’s Get Baking! – Gingerbread Baubles.


Last week our Coconut Snowballs recipe was very popular, both in our house and by everyone reading along with us!

This week we are following a recipe! (This is quote rare for me usually I look up ingredients, put them in a bowl and hope for the best!) The recipe we are following is here.  It is how ever not very gingery so I would recommend adding an extra  spoon of ginger to the recipe.

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Lets Get Baking – Coconut Snowballs


I love to bake, everything and anything so long as it tastes good. Usually at Christmas we buy lots of  sweet treats, something special for Christmas and Santa, Christmas day desert and for boxing day lounging around watching films. this year i have decided that we will not be buying these things as we can just as easily make them in the days running up to Christmas. some of these things I have never made so it is probably best we do a trial run of baking everything. Plus this means we can see if everyone likes them (no point making things if nobody will eat them).

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