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Cherry Slush recipe- national cherry day

Cherry Slush recipe- national cherry day

Tuesday 16th July 2019 –  National Cherry Awareness Day

cherry I absolutely adore fresh, juicy cherries, and as it is national Cherry awareness day on Tuesday i thought id take the opportunity to share a delicious cherry slush recipe, share some cherry facts and link you up with some cherry based activity sheets for the kids! As well as being sweet and delicious, Cherries can actually help with getting a better night sleep, improving memory and are great for the immune system. A perfect super-food for growing kids! Just x10 Cherries count as 1 serving of fruit. Did you know that Cherry farms in the UK are slowly dying out, with over 95% of our cherries now being imported from abroad! UK cherries are typically in season in the UK between the months of May – August, so why not help our local farms and find a cherry picking farm near you and bring this fruit back to the UK trade! This cherry slush recipe is a delicious, sweet, cooling summer drink that you and the kids are bound to love. Made with x3 ingredients only and ready in under 2 minutes! Perfect for staying hydrated on hot summer days. cherry slush

Cherry Slush

Ingredients

  • 300g frozen / fresh pitted cherries
  • 2 tbsp honey (to taste)
  • 300g Ice cubes

Method

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor
  2. Pulse until slushy
  3. Pour into glasses
  4. Enjoy
If you still cant get enough of all the cherry themed fun then this blog has some really cool, fun, crafty ideas for you to do, from cherry tree thumb painting to cherry scented play-dough. Or there’s some lovely cherry based colouring pages available to download here. If you make your own cherry slush we would love to hear about it and see some pictures of your creations, let us know over on our Facebook page. Happy Cherry Awareness Day xx For more kid friendly recipe ideas visit check out our Whisk Kids blog
Uk Coffee Week Recipes

Uk Coffee Week Recipes

April 29th – May 5th 2019 UK Coffee Week

This week is UK Coffee Week, A week to celebrate all things Coffee and to help raise some money for a very important cause, “Project Waterfall”

Project Waterfall aims to help bring clean water to the communities that grow our coffee, this year it is supporting the Jabi Tehnan district in Ethiopia.

You can find out more about UK Coffee Week and Project Waterfall here

The History of Coffee

Did you know that the earliest reports of coffee drinking was in the Arabian Peninsula in the 15th Century and was consumed as part of a religious ritual to help worshippers stay awake!

You can find out more about the history of coffee, the different types and some of its chemistry by watching this short YouTube video here

Coffee Recipes

 

Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

With the weather steadily getting warmer, what better a treat to make than this delicious homemade coffee ice-cream.
You don’t even need an ice cream maker!
Made with decaffeinated coffee, its even suitable for the kids

Makes 1.5 L of ice cream

Ingredients
  • 600ml Whipping Cream
  • 200g Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Instant De-Caf Coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Water
Method
  1. In a large bowl mix the coffee with water.
  2. Add condensed milk and stir together
  3. Finally add the whipping cream
  4. Whisk together until light and creamy.
  5. Pour into an air tight container and freeze for 3-4 hours.
  6. Serve (with chocolate sauce and sprinkles if desired)

 

Mocha Mousse

A delicious, rich, indulgent dessert (not suitable for under 1yrs due to raw egg)

Ingredients

  • 150 g plain chocolate
  • 2  egg yolks
  • 45 g caster sugar
  • 150 g full-fat creme fraiche
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp instant decaffeinated coffee granules
  • finely grated chocolate, to decorate

Method

  1. Break the chocolate into a microwaveable bowl and melt in 30 second blasts until all is melted (stirring between each interval)
  2. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water
  4. Whisk with an electric hand whisk on low for about 4 minutes
  5. When the mixture becomes paler and thicker remove the bowl from the heat and carry on whisking for 1 more minute.
  6. Set aside to cool slightly, but still stirring so the mixture does not stiffen.
  7. Dissolve the coffee in 1tbsp water
  8. Pour the cream into a medium mixing bowl and whisk until soft peaks
  9. Fold in the crème fraîche and coffee mix to the cream.
  10. Fold the cream mixture into the cooled chocolate, then fold in the egg yolk mixture.
  11. Stir thoroughly to ensure everything is well combined.
  12. Spoon into glasses and chill for 1 hour.
  13. Decorate with chocolate shavings.

 

For more coffee based recipes check out these recipes from the BBC here

Our Heart Shaped baking tin would be perfect for making a delicious coffee cake too!

Cheesecake Filled Easter Eggs – a fun activity for kids

Cheesecake Filled Easter Eggs – a fun activity for kids

These Cheesecake filled Easter Eggs are sure to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooth’s!

A Chocolate Easter Egg shell, filled with crumbly buttery biscuits, sweet creamy cheese and topped with a myriad of delicious sweet delights.

This dessert is sure to be a crowd pleaser for both young and old around the dinner table!

Cheesecake Filled Easter Eggs

Ingredients

  • 150ml Double cream
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • x4 Digestive biscuits
  • 250g Cream cheese
  • 50g Icing sugar
  • x1 Chocolate Egg
  • Toppings of your choice (we used a mixture of Smarties, Mini Eggs, Mini Creme Eggs, Mini Oreos, Sprinkles, Lindt Bunnies and Toffee Sauce)

 

Method

  1. Place the biscuits into a sandwich bag and bash using a rolling pin
  2. Divide the crushed biscuits between the 2 Chocolate Egg shells
  3. Stir together the icing sugar and cream cheese
  4. Whip the cream with the vanilla extract until it just starts to form stiff peaks
  5. Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mix and fold together
  6. Spread the cheesecake mixture over the biscuit base and smooth down level to the top of the egg
  7. Add your toppings
  8. Chill until served

Egg 1:

Egg 2:

 

My Daughters Eggs (she LOVES sprinkles 😀 )

 

If, after devouring these delicious cheesecake filled Easter eggs, you need something extra to fill your time, then take a look at the following linked ideas:

  • Activity Village is full of fantastic, fun, creative ideas for things to do with your kids. Follow the link here
  • Take a look at some of our other fun Easter activities from Whisk Kids, including getting the kids creative by making their own chocolate bars, ideal for Easter gifts. Alternatively make some bunny bait popcorn, perfect for Easter sleepovers! Check out these ideas and more by clicking here

Wishing you a Happy, fun-filled Easter, with love, from Whisk Kids

 

Easter- 5 fun food activities for the kids

Easter- 5 fun food activities for the kids

Easter is fast approaching, which means 1 thing…..The Easter Holidays!!

2 whole weeks to entertain the Kids!!

If the very thought brings shivers down your spine then fear not, Whisk Kids is here to provide you with 5 fun Easter themed food activities, guaranteed to bring the Easter spirit to your household!

 

1. Cornflake Cakes

Cornflake cakes have to be one of the most simple, yet fun activities to do at Easter.

They are a staple in our household and loved by all!

Decorate with mini eggs or fluffy chicks (just remember mini eggs can pose a choking hazard to under 4’s)

Ingredients

  • 100g cornflakes
  • 100g milk chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 50g butter
  • 3tbsp golden syrup
  • approx 24 / 36 mini eggs

Method

  1. Add the butter and golden syrup to a small saucepan and slowly melt together over a gentle heat
  2. Add the chocolate and stir continuously until melted
  3. Once melted take off the heat and set aside
  4. Add cornflakes to a large bowl
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over cornflakes and stir together well
  6. Divide cornflakes between 12 cupcake cases
  7. Top with 2-3 mini eggs and / or a fluffy chick
  8. Leave to set fully then enjoy!

 

2. Traditional Easter Biscuits

I just love these traditional Easter biscuits. Flavoured with mixed spice and sweetened with raisins, they always make me think of Easter.

Make them into circles, bunny shapes or maybe even try the unicorn or dinosaur cutters available to buy in our shop!

Ingredients

  • 225g Self raising flour
  • 115g butter
  • 115g sugar
  • 55g currants
  • 1 egg

Method

  1. Turn oven to 170ºC.
  2. Using fingertips rub butter into the flour.
  3. Next add the sugar and currants.
  4. Add the egg then mix together to form a ball
  5. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut out biscuit shapes
  6. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for approx 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow too cool
  8. Dust with icing sugar before serving

3. Bunny Bait Popcorn

We absolutely LOVE this chocolate coated popcorn and the best thing about it is its so versatile and really allows your kids to get creative in the kitchen.

As well as munching away on it over a good film, we also bagged some of it up and left it out the night before Easter (along with a carrot) to help lure the Easter Bunny to our house!! My daughter really enjoyed doing that and it made everything seem really magical to her.

Ingredients

  • 100g Popcorn (we used sweet, but you can use plain if preferred)
  • 50g White Chocolate
  • 2tbsp Bashed smarties
  • 2tsp Easter coloured sprinkles

Method

  1. Break up the chocolate into squares and melt over a medium heat in a saucepan (on in 30 sec blasts in the microwave)
  2. Place popcorn into a large bowl
  3. Drizzle melted chocolate over popcorn and add your toppings
  4. Stir together thoroughly ensuring all popcorn is covered
  5. Pour out onto a baking tray and leave to set
  6. Enjoy!!

This recipe is great because you can use so many different toppings to suit your tastes / theme etc

Other ideas for toppings:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chopped glace cherries
  • Milk chocolate
  • Bashed up crunchie pieces
  • Mini jelly sweets
  • Bashed up mini eggs
  • Freeze dried strawberries
  • Christmas / Halloween themed sprinkles
    or any other favourites!

 

4. Mini Doughnut Pops

These mini doughnut pops are just soooo cute and look great on the Easter treat table.

Again they are very versatile and can be decorated in many different ways, plus they’re so easy to make!

Ingredients

  • x12 mini ring doughnuts
  • 100g chocolate (milk, white or coloured candy melts)
  • Sprinkles
  • x12 Lollypop sticks

Method

  1. Lay the doughnuts out in a line on a baking tray
  2. Melt the chocolate over a medium heat in a saucepan (or in 30 second blasts in the microwave)
  3. Dip the end of a lollypop stick in the melted chocolate and insert into the bottom of the doughnut
  4. Spoon (or pipe) the chocolate over the top of the doughnut
  5. Add sprinkles
  6. Leave to set for approx 30mins

Yummy!

5. Homemade Chocolate Bars

 

Homemade chocolate bars are such fun to make, and they serve as a great gift to give to others for Easter.

You can purchase your own chocolate bar mould from our shop, here, and make yours look super professional!

All you need to do is:

  1. Melt 100g Chocolate in a pan (or in 30 second blasts in the microwave)
  2. Pour evenly into the mould
  3. Add your extras
  4. Leave to set for approx 2 hrs (or in a fridge for approx 1 hour)
  5. De-mould and “ta-da” your very own chocolate bar!

 

Ideas for chocolate bar extras:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sweets
  • A few drops of flavouring to make flavoured chocolate
  • Fudge pieces
  • Broken up biscuit

 

So there you have it, 5 decidedly sweet Easter fun food activities for you to do with the kids this Easter half term.

 

If you need a break from all that sugar then here are some fun Easter craft activities for you to do from activity village, including making Easter baskets, Easter bonnets and Easter masks.

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World Health Day – Guilt free Apple Cake

World Health Day – Guilt free Apple Cake

Sunday April 7th 2019 is World Health Day

With International Health Awareness Day approaching, I thought id share with you a healthy, sugar free, high fiber apple cake recipe and also share some tips with you on how to make baking recipes healthier.

I have also included a link to some fun kids work-sheets, games and activities based on health and fitness, that you may like to look at with your little ones to help raise awareness of the benefits of being healthy.

Guilt free Apple cake

This delicious apple cake is free from added refined sugars, high in fiber and low in fat, but the best thing is….you’d never know!

Ingredients

  • X2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2tsp mixed spice
  • 8tsp powdered natural sweetener (for apples)
  • 3 eggs
  • 500g apple sauce
  • 115g butter,soft
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 80ml apple juice
  • 360g wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 50g powdered sweetener (for cake)

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. In a small bowl, mix together sliced apples, mixed spice and powdered sweetener
  3. In a 2nd bowl mix together the butter, apple sauce, apple juice, eggs and vanilla
  4. In a 3rd bowl add flour, baking powder and powdered sweetener.
  5. Mix together bowls 2 and 3 until well combined
  6. Pour half of the batter into a cake tin
  7. Top with a layer of half of the apples mix
  8. Pour remaining cake batter on top
  9. Finish off by arranging the remaining apple slices on top of the cake
  10. Bake for approx 1.15hr (or until skewer in centre of cake comes out clean)
  11. Remove from oven and allow to cool

 

Enjoy a guilt free slice of cake!

 

Ways to make Baking Healthier

We all love a sweet treat, but how can you make a sweet treat better for your health?

Here are some ways you can enjoy a treat without the guilt!

  1. Use wholemeal flour (higher in fiber which is vital for a healthy gut)
  2. Replace refined sugars with natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, agave syrup – these are all naturally very sweet and contain more nutrients that refined white sugar, which has no nutrients at all!)
  3. Add fruit / veg to recipes (carrot cake, courgette cake, beetroot cake, or even our apple cake recipe shared here – all these will increase the fiber and vitamin content of your bakes)
  4. Reduce portion sizes (still have your sweet treat, but cut down on your portion size. Have half today and save the other half for another day. That way you still get to satisfy your sweet tooth, but with half the amount of calories)
  5. Substitute Fats (saturated fats are very bad for our heart health, unsaturated are much better. Replace butters with natural oils where possible. In some recipes you can even use apple sauce in place of part of the butter quantity, such as in our Guilt free Apple Cake recipe.

Nourish Interactive is great resource full of fun worksheets, games and activities you could do with your little ones to help raise their awareness on being healthy.
View their free printables here

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy day xx

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