If you have followed on from Ellie at Having a Baby and Living at home then thank you for joining me here at Candyfloss & Dreams! Today’s post for the 12 Days of Parenting campaign is all about getting the kids involved in the Christmas cooking. This is what I really love doing and I’m a bit of a perfectionist I guess so I don’t usually get Evangeline involved in cooking, I should, because she is always so willing to help. This year we’ve found some lovely things to create and I’ve found a few new cooking hacks that have amazed me.
The first thing I recommend making is your own butter. It’s delicious, much better than shop brought stuff, will go perfectly with those Christmas Cheese and Crackers and literally takes less than 15 minutes if you have an electronic whisk.
You will need:
Mixing Bowl or Mason Jar with lid
Electronic Whisk, Kitchen Aid or very strong arms
300ml double cream
Salt to taste
Seasoning or flavouring. I recommend these spice mixes.
Pour the cream into the bowl or jar and whisk or shake. With an electronic whisk this took around seven minutes. You want to go passed the whipped cream stage and then the cream will start to separate into butter and butter milk. Remove the buttermilk and pour ice cold water over the butter and squeeze out any remaining buttermilk. Discard this and mix in salt and flavourings. I think adding some thyme or rosemary would go lovely with cheese or how about some roasted garlic so you can use the butter on the turkey adding extra flavour. The butter is really creamy and delicious and a really interesting thing to try at home.
Evangeline and I did make some White Chocolate and Ginger biscuits which she very lovingly decorated. It was good fun and easy to make too.
You Will Need
2 tsps. of MSK Gingerbread Baking Spice
1/2 Cup MSK White Chocolate Powder
1 Cup Corn Flour
1 Cup Plain Flour
1/4 Icing Sugar
100g Melted Butter
Sieve the dry ingredients together and then mix in the melted butter to form a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface and then wrap in cling film. Set aside in the fridge and leave to firm up. Then roll out, cut into cookie shapes and bake at 150 for 12-15 minutes.
As there’s no eggs in the mix you can try the dough to get a feel for the taste. If you’re not a fan of ginger but would like some of that spice then half the amount of ginger flavouring or substitute it for your favourite Christmassy flavour. Biscuits are such an easy thing to get the kids involved with as well. Or if you fancy something a little different you can use this mix to make Christmas Cookie Dough Ice Cream.
There are so many other amazing ideas with our other bloggers so why not jump over to Emma at The Mummy Balancing Act for some more Christmas Cooking Inspiration? Also remember to enter our giveaway for which you will need our code word which is: Corn.