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Easter Fudge

Today we have had a full on Easter craft day! Alongside making our Easter Bonnets I got my wonderful Usborne Little Book of Easter Activities out and chose 2 activities; one for the kids to do, one for me to do.

For me, I chose Easter Fudge.

While the recipe is in a book designed to be for children, I wouldn’t say this recipe is child-friendly as it involves using a hob. I don’t know at what age I will consider it OK for the kids to get close to a hot hob, but it is not yet!

It is, however, a very simple recipe and makes delicious fudge!

IngredientsEaster Fudge

450g (1lb) icing sugar
100g (4oz) white marshmallows
2 tbsp milk
100g (4oz) unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
yellow food colouriing

shallow 18cm (7in) square cake tin

Method

1. Using a paper towel, wipe some oil onto the sides and bottom of the cake tin. Line the bottom with greaseproof paper and wipe oil over this as well.

2. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.

3. Cut the marshmallows in half and put them in a small pan. Add the milk, butter and vanilla essence.

4. Gently heat the pan. Stir the mixture every now and then with a wooden spoon until everything has melted.

5. Pour the mixture into the icing sugar. Beat everything together until it is smooth then mix in the food colouring.

6. Put the fudge into the tin and push it into the corners. Gently agitate the tin to smooth the top of the fudge.

7. When the fudge is cool enough put it into the fridge for around three hours to go firm.

8. Once firm, loosen the edges of the fudge with a blunt knife, then turn it out onto a chopping board. Remove the paper.

9. Cut the fudge into pieces. Put the pieces in an airtight container in the fridge for a further hour to harden.

Note: If you want to make pink fudge, use pink marshmallows and add pink or red food colouring.

Eat and Enjoy 🙂

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Instant Chocolate Mug Cake

Love chocolate cake? Have a microwave and a few basic baking ingredients? Then this is for you! Plus, it contains no egg.. so there are no worries about not cooking it for long enough!

I have wanted to try the recipe out ever since I saw it on a Home Educating Group on Facebook a few months ago. Now all the chocolate has gone from Christmas I finally got round to it a few days ago. I can confirm it is delicious!

Recipe

3 tbsp plain flour
1.5 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp bicarb of soda
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla essence or other flavour (I used orange flavouring as I didn’t have any vanilla in the cupboard!)
optional spoonful of choc chips/nutella etc

In a mug (or small bowl) mix the flour, cocoa, sugar and bicarb. Add the vegetable oil, milk and flavouring and mix well until creamy with no lumps. If adding choc chips, sprinkle them on top. If using nutella or similar push it under the mix until it is fully submerged.

Bake in the microwave. I cooked it for 2.5 minutes on full power (800W) but you’ll probably need to use trial and error to get the time right!

Eat and enjoy .. perfect for a cold winter’s evening 🙂

 

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Stencils and Scones

This morning I finally got round to opening the Melissa and Doug Textured Stencils the kids got for Christmas.

They got a set each so we have one dinosaur set, one sea life set and one insects set. The sets come with 4 textured stencils, 1 pencil, 3 non-roll crayons and an eraser. Jasmine and Thomas enjoyed using the textured part of the stencil to do some rubbing and after I had showed Jasmine how she could combine the traditional stencil part with the rubbing she had a good go at doing this herself. It isn’t easy but she had a good go.

Ladybird Stencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This afternoon we made scones. I got the cookie cutters out and let the kids choose what shapes they wanted.. well, guided by me as some of the shapes they wanted wouldn’t have worked! We made (to name a few) square, pentagon, heart, triangle, car, rocket ship and rugby ball shaped scones!

Scones

 

 

 

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Marzipan Christmas Treats

The lurgy has hit the household. Thomas has been poorly for a couple of days and it looks like Ben might be going the same way. Gordon had to stay overnight at work last night so needed to sleep today, so I needed an activity that would keep all 3 kids (both poorly and well!) occupied and reasonably quiet.

Out came the Marzipan and we made “Christmas sweets”.

We used one block of natural marzipan and red, blue and green food dye.

Marzipan ModellingJasmine got stuck straight in, making some very detailed models of snowmen and a present. The boys played with the marzipan for a bit until I suggested they should be making something Christmassy! Thomas wasn’t really too sure what to do but suddenly decided to make some Christmas Wreaths and then candy canes and Ben added some details on to a snowman and Christmas Tree that I had made for him.

Marzipan Wreath

Making a Marzipan Snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marzipan Christmas Tree

 

and our finished “sweets”

Marzipan Christmas Treats

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Snow and Stained Glass Window Biscuits

We awoke this morning to squeals of delight coming from Thomas & Jasmines bedroom.

“Its Christmas, its Christmas”

It took us a moment to wake up fully and then they were running in to our bedroom.

“Its Christmas. Its snowing!”

Oh, to be 5 years old again 🙂

We explained that it wasn’t quite Christmas just yet, it was just snowing. They were still happy because that meant that “Elf Pepper is still staying with us then”

Some time later we made it downstairs for breakfast and found that indeed Elf Pepper was still staying with us, and he had planned to make biscuits with us today 😉

There was just the small matter of snow to play in first!

Playing in the snowGranted, there was not much snow but still, plenty of fun was had!

Once we’d got back indoors and had hot chocolate and popcorn while watching The Snowman (it had to be done!) we started on the biscuits.

It is a basic gingerbread recipe, but you add a boiled sweet into the centre to give a wonderful effect.

Ingredients:

  • 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 100g/3½oz butter
  • 175g/6oz soft brown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • packet wrapped fruit-flavoured boiled sweets in different colour

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

For the biscuits, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ginger together in a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. In another bowl, beat together the egg and golden syrup, then pour this mixture into the flour mixture and mix to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands.

Roll the dough out on a floured work surface to about 0.5cm/¼in thick, then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmas-themed cookie cutters. Transfer the biscuits to baking sheets lined with baking paper. Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit. Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with one or two boiled sweets. Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later.

Bake the biscuits in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown.

They are so simple to bake, and are delicious to eat!

Stained Glass Window Biscuits

 

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Pomanders and a Sweet Treat

A few days ago a friend posted a link on Facebook showing how to make an Orange Pomander. I’ve not done these since I was at school so really wanted to give it a go with the kids. It is a brilliant, simple festive activity and they look and smell wonderful too!

All you need is an orange, whole cloves and ribbon.

I also used some plastic pins to hold the ribbon in place and for younger children you will need something to make holes in the orange for them to place the cloves in to. Even at 5 Thomas and Jasmine were getting frustrated at times as they couldn’t always push the cloves through the orange peel. I used one of the plastic pins to make holes for them but you could use a knitting needle or a toothpick.

Place the ribbon around the orange, using pins (or paper fasteners) to hold the ribbon in place. Leave enough ribbon at the top to make a hanging loop. Then fill the orange with the cloves.

Orange Pomanders

This evening I have been experimenting with boiled sweets and, after 3 failed attempts, made these

Boiled Sweet Decorations

 

For the small shapes I cut the sweets up but for the larger one I just used whole sweets. Place the sweets in a cookie cutter on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven until they have melted. You have to remove them from the oven as soon as they go soft or the sweet leaks out from underneath (as I discovered!) Once I had removed them from the oven I placed a drinking straw into the large one to make the hole. I had to hold it in place for a minute or 2, until the sweet had hardened enough to hold it in place. Once it has cooled thoroughly, remove from the cookie cutter and thread with ribbon (if required)

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