Pancakes

Pancakes

Pancakes

Its that time of year again – Pancake Day!
So i thought id share with you a traditional pancake recipe.

Personally I love american pancakes with maple syrup – yummmm
However in our house i am the only one with that preference, so today we went with the traditional style pancakes, with lemon and sugar!

Pancake with lemon and sugar

What you will need:

100g Plain Flour
2 Eggs
300ml Milk
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil (plus more for frying)
Lemon and Sugar to serve

Method:

Place all ingredients into a jug and whisk together well
Leave to sit for 5 minutes
Place 2 tsp veg oil into a medium sized frying pan and heat until sizzling
Pour in the mixture and swirl it around the saucepan to cover
Cook for approx 2 minutes (or until cooked underneath) then flip! (watch out floor!)
Cook for 1 minute more on the other side, then serve.
Repeat until all the mixture is used up

Enjoy xx

Ready to flip!

How to make your own Chocolate Bars

How to make your own Chocolate Bars

Learn to make your own chocolate bars with this easy recipe. Based on using the chocolate bar mould that is available to purchase in our online shop.

Making your own chocolate bars is a really fun activity for kids of any age, big or small.

You can use any type of chocolate – milk, white or dark, or maybe a combination of these for a swirled effect.

You can use any of your favourite additions to personalise the bars, honeycomb, fudge, smarties, jelly beans, sprinkles etc are all great toppings.

Make your own Chocolate Bars recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 150g Chocolate (milk, white, dark, or a combination)
  • 25-50g Various toppings of your choice

Method:

  1. In a microwavable bowl, break the chocolate into small chunks and melt in blasts of 30 seconds, stirring between each blast, until melted.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into the chocolate bar mould, tilting the mould to ensure all areas are covered.
  3. Sprinkle your toppings over the melted chocolate
  4. Leave to set for a minimum of 2 hours in a fridge (or longer if out on the side)
  5. Gently remove from the mould and enjoy!

    chocolate bar equipment and ingredients

    We used melted white chocolate and various types of sprinkles plus marshmallows and chocolate chips

make your own chocolate bars adding toppings

We started by adding some of our toppings to the base of our chocolate bar mould (so that these show up at the top of the bars once set)

having fun trying melted chocolate

Next we poured the melted white chocolate on top (and had a little taste test!)

make your own chocolate bars topping

Then we added more toppings on to the top of our bars

chocolate setting

Then they are ready to leave to set (we put ours in the fridge for 2 hours)

make your own chocolate bars set

Here they are after been left to set! They didn’t last long in our house!

eating homemade chocolate bars

Happy Face!

These chocolate bars are a huge hit in our house.

My daughter often asks to make these as gifts for her friends, which are always greatly received!

A cute idea- place a chocolate bar inside a sealed cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon and give as a unique home made gift for family and friends.

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Strawberry Love Heart Pastries

Strawberry Love Heart Pastries

These Strawberry Love Heart Pastries are so easy and simple to make and taste delicious!
I made them in one of my old cooking classes, with little ones as young as 1yr!

What you’ll need:

  • Strawberry Jam (about 2 tbsp)
  • Sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
  • Strawberries (x2) sliced in half to look like hearts
  • Demerera sugar (2tsp)

How to make:

  • Unroll the sheet of pastry and slice vertically into 4 strips
  • On the bottom half of each strip, cut out a heart shape using a cookie cutter (discard this or sprinkle with sugar and bake as a yummy treat)
  • Using the back of a teaspoon, or a pastry brush, spread the jam over the pastry
  • Fold each strip together with the heart cut out on top
  • Use fingers, or a fork, to seal all the edges of the pastry
  • Place a strawberry half inside each hear cutout.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of demerera sugar
  • Bake at 160C for approx 10mins or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven then leave to cool (take care as jam can get very hot in the oven!)

Store in an airtight container for approx. 3 days

We wrapped ours in cellophane and added a cute little Happy Valentines tag to give as a gift to a loved one.

Easy coconut ice recipe – handmade gifts by the kids

Easy coconut ice recipe – handmade gifts by the kids

Thoughts of biting into sweet sugary Coconut Ice always brings me back to my childhood.
My Mum and I would make it as a treat around Christmas time, it never lasted long in our house!!
Coconut Ice is so easy to make and yet looks so elegant, which makes it perfect for making as a gift for someone.
Stored properly it will last for 2-3 weeks.

This easy coconut ice recipe is perfect to get the kids involved with and can be used to make a beautiful homemade gift.
There is nothing better for kids than that sense of pride they get from giving someone a gift that they have made themselves!

Easy Coconut Ice Recipe

Ingredients:

800g Sweetened Condensed Milk
700g Icing Sugar
650g Desiccated Coconut
Pink food colouring

Method:

  1. Double line a small baking tray with cling film
  2. In a large bowl mix the condensed milk with the icing sugar
  3. Add the desiccated coconut and stir until thoroughly combined (it may get fairly stiff – you don’t need to go to the gym tonight!)
  4. Tip half of the mixture into the baking tin and press down firmly
  5. Add 2 drops of pink food colouring to the remaining mixture and stir until it turns pink
  6. Pour pink mixture on top of white and spread to cover, then press down firmly
  7. Place in the fridge overnight to set
  8. Remove from tin, using cling film to help, and slice into squares.
  9. Store in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 3 weeks.

 

Another great homemade gift idea is making our chocolate bars, following our chocolate bar recipe and using our chocolate bar mould available to buy from our shop.

This website is great for other non foodie homemade gift ideas, including clay figures, bath salts and cool coloured sugar jars.

 

Iced Lemon Biscuits

Iced Lemon Biscuits

These Iced Lemon Biscuits are one of the Whisk Kids Baking Kits that are for sale from the Whisk Kids shop.
The Kits contain all the dry ingredients, a recipe card and a cookie cutter. You just need to add butter, egg, grated lemon zest and juice.
The kits make a great gift that any child would love to receive! 

What you will need:

♦ 50g butter

♦ 1/2 egg, whisked

♦ Zest and juice of x1 lemon

♦ Rolling pin

♦ Mixing bowl and spoon

♦ Lined baking tray

Method

1. Mix together the dry biscuit mix and butter
2. Add egg and lemon zest and mix until combined
3. Squash dough into a ball, using your hands
4. Roll out to approx 1cm thick
5. Cut out shapes and place onto prepared baking tray
6. Bake at 180C / Gas 5 for approx 10-15mins, or until golden brown
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
8. Add lemon juice to icing sugar and stir to form a smooth icing
9. Use a teaspoon to ice the cooled biscuits
(we then decided to top ours with sprinkles! – these don’t come in the kit)

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days

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