Rice Krispie cakes 

These cakes are perfect for young kids. With minimal preparation and few ingredients they will become a go to recipe for childrens parties.

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Yield: 12 small cakes

Ingredients:

50g butter

5 tbsp golden syrup

80g chocolate rice crispy cereal

100g dark chocolate

Method:

Melt the butter, dark chocolate and golden syrup in a bowl. Mix until smooth and combined.

Add in the chocolate cereal then spoon into a cupcake tray lined with cases. Sprinkle some sprinkles on top if desired

Leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours then enjoy.

Best served straight from the fridge

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Flaky Biscuits

Isa has an Eid party at nursery tomorrow so I thought we’d make some biscuits for him to take in. They were great fun to make and he loved getting involved in the whole process.

 

Ingredients:

  • 175g butter
  • 125g sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 250g plain flour

Makes around 18 biscuits

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°c and line 2 trays with bakig paper
  2. Mix the butter and the caster sugar with an electric whisk until blended. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined. Stor in the plain flour until the mixture comes together
  3. Wrap the dough in some cling film and place in the fridge to chill for around 30 mins.  This will make the dough easier to work with
  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to around 4mm thick. Use a cutter to cut out your shapes or use a knife to cut finger shapes.
  5. Transfer to the baking trays and cook for around 14 mins or until light golden brown.
  6. Leave to cool before decorating as desired.

 

 

 

 

Rocky Road Bars

 

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Notes: You can make these with popcorn instead of biscuits. This would add variety and it’s also healthier too.

Makes: 24 bars

  • 125 grams soft butter
  • 300 grams best-quality dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) broken into pieces ( Even though it doesn’t match the description,  I use Cadbury’s Bourneville chocolate as it’s more affordable and I like the taste)
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 200 grams rich tea biscuits or any other biscuit you prefer
  • 100 grams mini marshmallows
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar (for dusting)

Method:

  1. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan. Scoop out about 125ml / ½ cup of this melted mixture and put to one side.
  2. Put the biscuits into a freezer bag and then bash them with a rolling pin. You are aiming for both crumbs and pieces of biscuits.
  3. Fold the biscuit pieces and crumbs into the melted chocolate mixture in the saucepan, and then add the marshmallows.
  4. Tip into a foil tray (24cm / 9 inch square); flatten as best you can with a spatula. Pour the reserved 125ml / ½ cup of melted chocolate mixture over the marshmallow mixture and smooth the top.
  5. Refrigerate for about 2 hours or overnight.
  6. Cut into 24 fingers and dust with icing sugar by pushing it gently through a tea strainer or small sieve.

Recipe taken from Nigella Lawson

Salt Dough Creations

Around the same time that I did the Playdough post (I’ll leave the link for that at the bottom of the page), Isa and I got creative and thought we’d try making some salt dough magnets. He really loved rolling the dough and cutting out the different letter shapes and was so excited to see the end result whilst we were making them. They are extremely inexpensive to make, and  very verstaile, you can turn them into magnets like we did or you can pierce a hole in the top before baking so you can hang them up as decorations. You could also make them as gift tags too and I have even seen others create salt dough medals. The possibilities are endless.

To make these salt dough creations you will need

  • 225g Flour
  • 112g Salt
  • 100ml Cold Water

First of all you need to mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Then add the water in stages till you get a good consistency dough to work with (you may not need to add all of the water) as you don’t want the dough to be sticky. If the dough is too dry and crumbly add a little more water.

Roll out the dough and cut out shapes as desired, if you are creating ornaments to hang use a straw to pierce a hole near the top of your shape.

Leave to air dry on a tray for around a week or bake in the oven at 120°c for around two and a half to three hours. You could even try putting them in the microwave for 3 minutes if you’re really pressed for time ( I haven’t tried this method myself though). You will know when they are done as they will feel firm, hollow and dry.

Once they are all baked and cooled you can now add your piant and glitter. 

And there you have it, your very own salt dough creations.

 

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Recipe taken from: http://simplybeingmum.com/2013/03/18/simple-salt-dough-recipe/

 

For my previous Playdough post click here: 

https://aniqahahsan.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/playdough-recipe/

 

 

Playdough Recipe

Keeping a 3 year old entertained can be difficult when the weather’s bad outside and it’s always a struggle to keep them away from the TV. I thought I’d make some playdough for my younger brother to keep him occupied during the holidays  even if it was only for a little while!

I wasn’t too sure if this was actually going to work but to my surprise it came out great so I’m going to share the recipe with you guys.

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Supplies

  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 1/4 c. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar 
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2.5 cups Plain flour
  • Gel Food colouring

Instructions

  1. Mix everything but the food coloring together in a large pot until somewhat smooth. It will be lumpy. Not to worry, the dough will get smoother as it cooks.
  2. Cook the dough over a low heat. Mix frequently. The water will slowly cook out of the mixture and you’ll notice it starts to take on a sticky dough appearance. Keep mixing until the edges of the dough along the side and bottom of the pan appear dry. Pinch a piece of dough. If it’s not gooey, the dough is ready.
  3. Place the dough on a counter top or large cutting board that can withstand a little food coloring.
  4. Knead the warm dough until it’s smooth and then divide it into the number of colors that you’d like to make.
  5. Add the colouring and knead until the colour is all incorporated.
  6. Play with the dough right away or store it in a large Ziplock bag or sealed container. Unused, it’ll keep for months.

Recipe taken from: Tinkerlab

For more ideas on projects to do with young kids or to see the original post for this recipe visit her website http://tinkerlab.com/rainbow-play-dough.