Bake some Yummy treats
This is no time to go on a diet! And baking is a brilliant way to practice some simple maths skills (weighing and measuring), literacy skills (following instructions), and even learn about science (changing states).
A classic Christmas biscuit! Here’s what you need:
175g Light Brown Sugar
1 Egg (beaten)
1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1tsp Ground ginger
4tbsp Golden Syrup
Gingerbread person cutters
Icing sugar/ piping icing
Mix together the flour, spices, and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and rub in the butter. Next add your sugar to the mixture, before stirring in the golden syrup and the beaten egg.
Stir until your dough comes together. Chill in the fridge (wrapped in clingfilm) for around an hour. Roll out your dough on a slightly floured surface, and use your cutters to make your gingerbread shapes.
Place your gingerbread people onto a baking tray (on baking paper) and cook in the oven at around 190 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.
Once cooked, let your gingerbread people cool completely before decorating with icing.
Top-hats (dipped marshmallows)
This is super easy and only involves melting chocolate so you don’t need to put the oven on!
Chocolate chips/ chunks/ bars that you can melt (I find that milk chocolate is best)
Melt your chocolate – you can do this in a variety of ways. Either pop it in a microwave safe bowl and heat (CAREFULLY) in short bursts, stirring in between, or place in a bowl over a pot of steaming hot water. Either way, be aware of your health and safety procedures and ensure that no little fingers go touching hot apparatus.
Next, dip your marshmallows into the melted chocolate until they are half covered.
Then pop your marshmallows onto a sheet of baking paper and allow to set. OPTIONAL – add a smartie or other sweetie to the top of your marshmallow (the side with the melted chocolate).
Here’s one of my favourites. I LOVE shortbread 🙂 All you need is:
20g Caster sugar
Splash Vanilla extract
Mix together the flour and butter by rubbing them through your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
Add in the splash of vanilla and sugar, then begin to squeeze the mixture together until it becomes like a dough. You may want to add a tsp or so of water if your mixture is too dry and crumbly.
Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface and use the cutters to make your biscuit shapes.
Place your biscuits onto a baking tray with baking paper, and cook at around 180 degrees for around 15 minutes or until golden.
There are SO many more ideas online, so get into that kitchen a cook up a storm!