Crikey, where does time go?
Half-term is just around the corner (next week if you live in Leicestershire, the following week if you're normal and live anywhere else), and I can already feel the year starting to slip away from my fingertips. HOW can it be mid-February already?
As you all know, I absolutely love baking with kids. Getting children in the kitchen to experiment, have fun and (above all) ENJOY food is one of the things I'm most passionate about. After all, where's the enjoyment of a good meal if you can't eat it surrounded by your loved ones?
Baking with kids is the perfect way to keep them entertained this half-term, particularly if this torrential rain holds up. Is anyone else ready to build an ark? Just for you, I've put together three simple recipes that they'll love - Homemade Twix Bars, Malteser Fridge Cakes and S'mores Pops.
What are you favourite recipes to make with your kids?
One packet shortbread fingers
600g shop-bought caramels, unwrapped
3 tbsp double cream (or milk)
400g milk chocolate
1) Line a brownie tin with baking paper, then lay out your shortbread fingers onto the tray. To make your caramel layer, place the sweets into a microwaveable bowl and heat until smooth and melted, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Add the cream slowly as you go.
2) Once the caramels have melted, pour it over the shortbread biscuits and leave to set in the fridge for an hour or so. When the bars have set, cut them up with a knife then melt your chocolate (you can use a bain marie, but I also use the microwave for this, stirring every 30 seconds). Dunk the bars into the chocolate, then place on baking paper to set. Enjoy!
MALTESER FRIDGE CAKES
4 tbsp golden syrup
175 good quality milk chocolate
Half pack Digestive biscuits, crushed
1 large bag Maltesers, cut in half
Chocolate, to decorate (optional)
1) Line a brownie tin with baking paper, then place the butter, golden syrup and chocolate in a bowl. Melt it gently in the microwave (or on a hob), stirring every 30-40 seconds. Once melted and smooth, stir in the Digestives, then add half of the Maltesers and mix well. Tip into the brownie tin, then decorate with the remaining Maltesers. Leave to set in the fridge.
2) Once set, melt your chocolate for decoration and drizzle over the top. Cut into squares and devour.
One pack of marshmallows
250g chocolate, chopped or in chips (I used a mix of milk and dark)
7 Digestive biscuits, crushed
1) Slide one marshmallow onto each lollipop stick. Then, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second blasts, stirring between each until smooth.
2) Dunk each marshmallow stick into the chocolate, then sprinkle with the digestive crumbs. Place in mugs to allow them to set (or don't - I love melted chocolate!) and eat.