April 9, 2012

Rainbow Layered Biscuits

Filed under: Cooking for Kids — Kathryn @ 9:02 pm

Rainbow cookies

This morning I discovered a gorgeous post by Mensaje en una Galleta showing their rainbow butterfly cookies, which are just divine!  I promised the Pink Frosting crew I would give these a go today and I made them (even hand-cut in a holiday kitchen with no cutters etc) – they look terrific!  Here’s the technique:

Firstly, follow my basic party biscuits recipe:

Ingredients

125g room temperature butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg at room temperature, beaten
2 cups of plain flour
4 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt

Food colouring in the colours of your choice

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until they have creamed (become pale and creamy).
  • Drop in the vanilla and the egg and beat until all mixed together.
  • Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and once the batter has become stiff enough, take out of the bowl and knead together.
  • Now, at this point, divide the mixture into the number of layers of colour you want.  So, if you want red, green, blue and yellow for a rainbow, divide the mix into four equal amounts and place each into different bowls.  Add the food colouring to each part to make the colour of your choice (you might even like to make variations of the same colour using different amounts of colour in each bowl).
  • Mix in the colour using your hands (coverered in gloves of course!), then individually roll out the dough onto a lightly floured board or your kitchen bench to about 3-4mm thick.  Try to get the dough as flat as you can.  Many bakers use the trick of running the dough through a pasta machine to get the even thickness you see in shops.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut your biscuits into the shapes for your cookies and layer the colours on top of one another to create the layered cookies.
  • Place onto a greased baking tray lined with baking paper for about 12 minutes or until golden.  Keep a keen eye on the oven as they are cooking as they easily overcook if left in for a few minutes too long.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once completely cook, you can get to icing.

Here are some gorgeous examples by the experts over at my new blog crush Mensaje en una Galleta:

layered cookies 1

layered cookies 2

layered cookies 3Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn

April 7, 2012

Choc Top Ice Cream Cones with Sprinkles

Filed under: Children's Parties, Cooking for Kids, Dinner Parties, Easter, Entertaining — Kathryn @ 10:27 pm

Choc Top Ice Cream Cones-

Out and about today, I suddenly had a hankering for an old fashioned ice cream choc top.  The kids adore sprinkles, so it dawned on me that we could attempt making choc top ice cream cones with sprinkles… well, the results were outstanding!  What a way to start the sugar-rush this Easter!

Makes 6 delicious ice cream cones.

Ingredients

300g good quality white chocolate

1/2 litre of good quality vanilla ice cream

6 flat bottom ice cream cones (unless you have a stand for traditional cones)

113g (4oz) sprinkles in any colour and shape you choose

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a metal dish over a pot of boiling water on the stove.  Gently mix until the chocolate has melted and then set aside to cool slightly but not set.
  2. While the chocolate is cooling slightly, place your sprinkles into a shallow bowl ready to coat your ice creams.
  3. Take out the ice cream from the freezer, making sure it is very cold, and scoop into the tops of the ice cream cones.
  4. One by one, coat the ice creams with the slighly cooled chocolate and immediately roll the chocolate in the sprinkles. 
  5. Place cones onto a tray and freeze until you’re ready to serve.
  6. Serve with napkins and plenty of smiles!

I adore this recipe for kids birthday parties, Easter by the pool and even dinner parties.  I’m thinking of trying this recipe with a dark chocolate coating and broken pieces of peanut brittle, which would make a delicious adult dinner party treat with a smooth Baileys.

Happy Celebrating!

Kathryn