Keep the Kids Busy
March 24th 2020
KEEP THE KIDS BUSY & MAKE THAT EASTER CHOCOLATE LAST
This year’s Easter is likely to be different from any that we have had before, but hopefully no less chocolate than before. Keeping kids busy at the best of times is no easy feat, but we have come up with a few easy to follow recipes that will keep the whole family entertained and importantly, make that chocolate last a little longer.
SWEET SHOP BARK
This is a great way to bring together all of your left over and half empty bags of sweets and chocolates together into one big slab or even a few smaller slabs to keep arguments to a minimum. Kids will love this creative space saver and each of the family can create a slab topped with their favourites.
This is so simple, using a heat proof bowl placed over a pot of boiling water and constantly stir your choice of base chocolate (Be careful not to get any water in your melted chocolate as this will spoil). Then place a sheet of baking paper on a tray and slowly pour in your mix. While the mix is still hot, top with a scattering of your favourites and place in the fridge to set. Once it has set, you can break of pieces whenever you want.
Cookie are easy to make and another great activity to keep children busy in the house. Plus, Easters cookies are a great way to use up those little bits of left-over Easter egg.
175g of soften butter
200g brown soft sugar
100g caster sugar
1 large egg
250g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Whatever chocolate you will be adding
Preheat your oven to 190˚C and line your trays with baking paper. Place your butter, sugar and vanilla into a bowl and mix together until pale and fluffy. Add your flour, bicarb and a pinch of salt and mix together. Scoop out a mould balls of your mixture about the size of a golf ball. Place these on you baking tray, squash down slightly and place chunks of your chocolate. Bake for about 15 minutes, take out and allow to cool before eating.
Cereal and chocolate, another brilliant way to use up left overs that can extend the life of your chocolate and hopefully make sure it doesn’t get used up in one day. It is another activity where the children and even the adults can get creative using your favourite cereal in a chocolate mix and adding some mini eggs
Another simple recipe, using a heat proof bowl placed over a pot of boiling water and constantly stir your choice of base chocolate (Be careful not to get any water in your melted chocolate as this will spoil). Then get a fresh bowl and add your choice of cereal (we loved using cinnamon grahams) slowly turn your mix so you don’t crush your cereal. Place the mix in little cupcake cases, make a small dip in the centre and add your mini eggs. Place in the fridge to set.
So, the kids have had a day of making chocolate creations and having licked the spoon, sneakily eating bits on the side, and pretending they only had enough to make 5, but hopefully having lots of fun doing it. Now it’s time for a little treat for mum. The perfect way to enjoy a little time to yourself is with this Easter cocktail
MINI EGG MARTINI
Crush 2-3 mini eggs, wet the rim of your glass and place the glass upside down and leave while you prepare your mix. Add a big handful of ice to a shaker, pour in 25ml of vodka and 50ml of Baileys, shake really well and strain into your mini egg rimmed glass. Sit back and enjoy.