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RECIPE: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

We’re so close to the end of term 4 here in NSW and class parties kick off for us next week.  I always try and find something fun for the kids to take along and share.  Some years we take healthy treats like our Christmas Tree Platter, Festive Fruits, Grinch Pops.  Other years we’re in full sugar mode, and things like our Rudolph Tarts, Teddy Sleighs or Christmas Tree Meringues are requested.  These cupcakes are great for those time-poor days when you have to get something out quickly.  The kids helped me with these so ask the kids to join you with their aprons and have some Christmas fun together.

 

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

RECIPE: Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Cupcakes (we used a packet mix, so use your favourite recipe or mix for the cupcakes)  You’ll need 10 normal sized cupcakes and 11 mini cupcakes
  • Chocolate icing
  • Red & Green M&M’s
  • Flake, crumbled

You’ll also need:

  • Holly or a star to decorate the top
  • Large rectangular platter or tray

Method:

  1. Make your cupcakes and let them cool.  I like to make these ahead and pop them in the freezer so I can get them out the day before they are needed because inevitably the party is held on a crazy rush day for me.
  2. Ice the cupcakes and decorate the larger cupcakes with green M&M’s.  Decorate 4 of the mini cupcakes with crumbled Flake and the rest with red M&M’s or whatever colour you would like for the decorations.
  3. Place them on a large platter in the shape of the tree and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Natalie

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RECIPE: Malteaser Ice Cream Slice

I had a mixture of things in the cupboard to use up so I came up with this little twist on the old favourite Ice Cream Slice.  Summer may have finished for another year but I’m clinging onto as much of the summer spirit as I can and this slice pretty much is summer!

RECIPE: Malteaser Ice Cream Slice

RECIPE: Malteaser Ice Cream Slice

Ingredients:

  • 360g Malteasers, smashed
  • 1/2 packet Malt o Biscuits
  • 600ml Thickened Cream
  • 395g Tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

 

Method:

  1. Line a slice tin with alfoil and then baking paper.
  2. Line the bottom of the tin with a layer of biscuits with the writing towards you.
  3. Whip cream in a bowl until soft peaks appear.
  4. Add condensed milk and continue whipping to combine.
  5. Fold in 3/4 of the smashed malteasers.
  6. Spoon the ice cream mixture on top of the biscuits and sprinkle remaining malteasers on top to decorate.
  7. Cover with foil and place in the freezer until set.
  8. Cut into slices and enjoy.

Happy Baking!
Natalie

BAD DAD JOKE: Detecting Santa

We’ve got a child who is busting to see Santa!  Last year it was 1am and Santa had to leave the presents for us to put out because he couldn’t risk being seen!  I think she’ll be doing the same this year because presents and presence is all she is interested in on Christmas Eve. Have you got a Santa Spy in your house too?

BAD DAD JOKE: Detecting Santa

BAD DAD JOKE: Detecting Santa

Happy Wednesday!
Natalie

BAD DAD JOKE: Christmas Countdown

10 days until Christmas Eve, I’m sure Rudolph is counting down just as much as the kids are.  Share today’s joke with the kids and see if it wins some laughs at the Christmas parties;

BAD DAD JOKE: Christmas Countdown

BAD DAD JOKE: Christmas Countdown

Happy Wednesday!
Natalie

RECIPE: Meringue Christmas Trees

These were an instant hit with the kids who were keen to taste test before sending them off to school for a cake stall.  Not only are these cute little Christmas trees easy to make, they are also fantastic for people who cannot have gluten.  There’s only a handful of ingredients and guaranteed you have them on hand.  If you’re after something fun, easy and tasty for the next kids, or adults Christmas celebration then give these a go.

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RECIPE: Meringue Christmas Trees

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few drops of green food colouring
  • Hundred’s and Thousands

* you’ll also need a piping bag with a star nozzle

Method:

  1. Line two baking trays/cookie sheets with baking paper and preheat oven to 150C (no fan)
  2. Place the egg whites into a clean dry bowl and whisk using an electric whisk or hand mixer, until stiff.
  3. Slowly add the sugar ensuring it has dissolved before adding more sugar.
  4. Once all the sugar has been added, add the vanilla and colouring and keep whisking until combined.
  5. Scoop into a piping bag with a star nozzle.  On the lined baking trays, pipe 3 stars going from large to small until you have made a tree.
  6. Sprinkle with 100’s & 1000’s and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  7. When they have finished baking, leave the door ajar and turn the oven off.
  8. Let the trees cool in the oven and then transfer to a container until needed.

Happy Baking!
Natalie

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