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Yoghurt and Apricot Biscuits

18 Apr

This is another Vegie Smugglers recipe. I like it because not only is it simple to make with kids and a treat for them, it does have some goodness in it. I find it difficult getting much in the way of dairy into Thomas. He doesn’t like cheese or milk. He does like yoghurt but will only eat it sometimes. He’s gone off his banana smoothies as well so I’m always on the look out for recipes that will add a little calcium to his diet. This one fits the bill. He loves these biscuits and will often ask for them. He also loves to make them, lots of great measuring and mixing.

These biscuits are more like a rock cake than a biscuit if you ask me. They are a little more doughy than a biscuit.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup brown sugar (I use a little bit less than this)

1 cup diced dried apricots (or any dried fruit you like I have also used dried apple which worked well)

2 tablespoons hazelnut or almond meal

2/3 cup vanilla yoghurt

1/4 cup canola oil

Demerara sugar for sprinkling (I just use white sugar)

Method:

Preheat oven to 170°. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Add the oats, sugar, apricots and hazelnut meal and mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil and yoghurt.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add a little more yoghurt if the mixture isn’t quite wet enough to absorb all the flour.

Using wet hands, roll 22 balls (ping pong ball size) and space evenly on the trays (they don’t spread much). Press with a fork and sprinkle with a little extra sugar (optional). Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

 

Did you know that 1/4 cup dried fruit is equal to 1/2 cup fresh fruit? Because all the water has been removed, each portion has more calories than a portion of fresh. Try to choose dried fruit that specifies no added sugar – for obvious reasons.

White Chocolate Macadamia Biscuits

20 Mar

We made a version of these biscuits at Christmas time and Thomas has been asking for them ever since. I can’t remember which recipe we used so I thought I would adapt our favourite choc chip cornflake biscuits. It was very successful I have to say.

Thomas really enjoyed making the biscuits. His independence shows through when he is cooking these days, not wanting me to help much at all (obviously this isn’t all that practical at time but I try to let him have as much independence as is safe). Today he even rolled a couple of the biscuits into balls to put on the tray. He doesn’t really like doing this usually – makes his hands too sticky :-).

Of course he had to sample some of the choc chips 🙂 – just to make sure they were ok…

Ingredients

  • 125g butter, chopped, softened
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts chopped roughly
  • 2/3 cup white choc bits

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a large, flat baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add flour. Mix on low speed until just combined. Add milk. Stir until dough comes together. Using a wooden spoon, stir in nuts and choc bits.
  3. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place on baking tray, allowing enough room for spreading. Flatten balls slightly with a spatula.
  4. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden. Stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie mixture.

    I always have a habit of leaving these cookies in the oven a little too long and they go flat and hard. If you think they’re done, take them out of the oven :-). I’m looking forward to making some other different combinations using this mixture as a base. Any suggestions?

Munchy Honey Cakes

7 Mar

My little man is a huge Banana’s in Pyjama’s fan. For his last birthday he wanted a “number 3 banana’s in pyjama’s cake”. That was quite an interesting feat but we managed it. I was quite proud of the end result and thought I would share it with you. I made the Banana’s in Pyjamas from fondant. It was really just like playing with playdough. The actual cake was a banana cake from my Stephanie Alexander cookbook.

The poor old banana’s came off a little worse for wear…

If you’re not familiar with the Banana’s in Pyjama’s, they are life size ‘banana’s’ who dress in blue and white striped pyjamas. They live in Cuddles Town. Their friends the Teddies also live in Cuddles Town. All the residents of Cuddles Town love to eat “Munchy Honey Cakes”. They even use them to trade for items in Rat in the Hat’s store.

So while Thomas was watching his favourite show the other day, he asked me to make munchy honey cakes… I had no idea what munchy honey cakes might be. Obviously they have honey in them, and some kind of cake like ingredients. They would also be a little crunchy so maybe some cereal. This is what we came up with…

Ingredients:

1 cup self raising flour

60g butter melted

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup cornflakes

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup sultana’s

1 peeled grated apple (not essential but I put this in for a little bit of nutrition)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix until well combined. Dollop dessertspoons full of mixture onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake in a moderate oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

They weren’t the most delicious things I have ever eaten but Thomas was happy :-).

 

Sultana and Oat Biscuits

6 Mar

This is another recipe that I found in the Vegie Smugglers lunchbox ebook. These are great to make with kids because like muffins, there are no electric beaters, you just combine everything, mix and bake. There is lots of measuring, pouring and mixing which keeps little people involved. They also don’t take very long and are a little healthy… and very yummy! Even my sultana-despising husband enjoyed these.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup self-raising flour

1⁄2 cup brown sugar

1⁄4 cup caster sugar (I would probably reduce this somewhat next time, maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons if any at all)

11⁄2 cups rolled oats

1⁄2 cup sultanas

1 egg

5 tbsp grapeseed oil

1 apple, grated

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat oven to 170C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper

Sift the flour into a large bowl. Mix in the sugars, oats & sultanas.

In a separate bowl, combine the egg, oil, apple and vanilla. Mix into the dry ingredients. Dollop large spoonfuls onto the trays and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. MAKES 18

First Day Choc Chip and Cornflake Cookies

1 Feb

My little man had his first day at preschool today. It was the first time we had ever left him with anyone other than us or Nanna so it was a big milestone in all our lives. Yesterday he was asking me for some of these biscuits and I had told him that I would make them for him while he was at preschool today. In all the emotion of this morning and saying goodbye, I had forgotten about it. Fortunately when I called preschool to see how Thomas was, they told me he had been telling them that I was going to make him biscuits while he was at preschool… Needless to say, after a little bit of an unsettled morning, he had a great day at preschool. Mummy on the other hand was in a little bit of a fog not having her little helper around. We did survive though!

These biscuits are really yummy. Thomas and I made them to take to our neighbours place a couple of weeks ago and they didn’t even make it off the cooling rack they were eaten so quickly! They’re pretty quick and easy to make which is a bonus. The recipe is from taste.com.au.

I really enjoyed baking these biscuits today. They were made with lots of love. It was quite therapeutic, not too taxing on the brain but enough to keep me busy for a little while. Thomas asked me as soon as I picked him up if I had made him biscuits… You’ve got to get your priorities right! I’m guessing I’ve set a precedent for afternoon tea after preschool… He has an amazing memory!

Ingredient:

  • 125g butter, chopped, softened
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes (I recommend only using a cup)
  • 2/3 cup milk choc bits

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a large, flat baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add flour. Mix on low speed until just combined. Add milk. Stir until dough comes together. Using a wooden spoon, stir in cornflakes and choc bits.
  3. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place onto trays, allowing enough room for spreading. Flatten balls slightly with a spatula.
  4. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden. Stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie mixture.

Candy Cane Biscuits

8 Dec

I found some great little cookie cutters in ‘House’ the other day. I bought a little candy cane cutter to add to our collection of reindeer and Christmas trees. Thomas and I both wore our new Christmas aprons and had lots of fun!

The recipe is one that I found in the latest edition of Donna Hay magazine. She had made little round cookies with chocolate stars on them so I just adapted it to suit our needs. We divided the dough into 2 different batches, one we kept vanilla and the other we added cocoa to. I like the look of the chocolate ones best.

Ingredients:

125g butter softened

1/2 cup caster sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup sifted plain flour

1 tablespoon dutch cocoa sifted (I just used the cocoa I had in the cupboard)

Method:

Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 minutes or until pale and creamy.

Add the egg and vanilla and beat for a further 2-3 minutes or until combined.

Add the flour and beat until a smooth dough forms. Remove 1/2 of the dough. Set aside. Add the cocoa to the mixer and beat until combined.

Roll each dough portion out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to 3mm thick and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

Preheat oven to 160°C.
Using a cutter, cut out the shapes that you desire.
Place cookies on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 12-13 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool on wire racks.
When biscuits have cooled, decorate with Royal Icing. We also added some little silver cachous to some of the biscuits.

Royal Icing Recipe

1 egg white
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted

Method:

Using an electric mixer, whisk egg white with the lemon juice until combined.

Gradually add in sifted icing sugar on low speed until smooth.

Add food colour of your choice.

Pipe onto cookies or cake.

For writing icing, you can put the icing in a ziploc bag and snip the corner to create a homemade icing bag.

Leave for 2-3 hours to set hard.

Thomas had so much fun making these cookies. They would make a perfect little present wrapped up in some cellophane or on a plate for a Christmas party. Icing biscuits is a great activity for developing hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, developing hand muscles and colour recognition.

Cookies in a Jar

22 Nov

Just a quick post this time. I wanted to share with you these great cookies in a jar. They’re a great gift idea for teachers, grandparents or anyone who enjoys baking –  and a perfect thing to make with your kids. They are easy, inexpensive and look great.

 

You will find the ingredients and printable gift tag by clicking here.

You will also need a 1L glass jar ( I ended up getting a large Moccona coffee jar because I couldn’t find any), some Christmas fabric cut into a circle large enough to cover the top and sides of the top, an elastic band to hold the fabric on and some ribbon.

 

Place all the ingredients into the jar as directed on the recipe. Put the lid on and cover with fabric. Use the elastic band to hold the fabric on and tie the ribbon around the top of the jar.

We added a Button Christmas Tree decoration that Thomas had made – you can find out how to make those by clicking here.

You can get your kids to help with measuring, pouring and decorating the present. We gave one to one of Thomas’ teachers yesterday and she loved it. She was looking forward to going home and making the cookies with her kids… Love it :-)!