Christmas treats…

 

My favourite thing about Christmas is obviously going to be the food… but I’m not talking about the roast turkey and vegies or even the Christmas pud… I’m talking about all the Christmas themed treats that come into season and into the kitchen generally when the calender ticks over to December… Unfortunately the first part of my December was spent packing boxes… which also meant packing away all my baking trays, rolling pins, mixing bowls and cookie cutters… all essential items for christmas themed treats… as my husband and I sat down amidst the piles of boxes and packing tape at the end of the first day of packing an overwhelming cloud settled over my head at the huge task of moving related logistics ahead… Adrian took one look at my downcast expression and being able to physically see the tension in my shoulders promptly trekked out to the mass of boxes in the storage shed and brought back one of the kitchen boxes… “I think you should bake something..”

 

 

I didn’t need to be told twice! So I unpacked my baking things and decided to get into the festive spirit with this adorable little Christmas cookie trees… that seem week I had bought the star shaped cookie cutters with the intention of making these little treats for our last small group meeting for the year… but as a result of the aforementioned packing stresses they became travel treats instead! I’ve only in the last couple of days had a chance to put them together properly! Aren’t they cute? and super easy… I can’t quite remember the recipe I use but grab your mum or nans typical Christmas cookie recipe or gingerbread recipe (or try this one) and some assorted sized star cutters and you’re good to go…

 

all you need to do is grab a skewer and using the blunt end poke two wholes next to each other in the centre of each sized cookie… stack them up and using a crochet needle or just any large needle that you can thread the ribbon into pull the ribbon through both wholes and tie at the top…. I used a thin ribbon to hold them all together and then made a festive bow with the red and white ribbon and pinned it on top…. but you can make any festive combination you like!

 

Happy Baking!

Jammy goodness…

This week I’ve been doing an awful lot of baking… I’ve been home alone a bit.. attempting to write a 15,000 word honours thesis… which is very challenging considering I have the house to myself and an abundance of food lying around just begging to be a part of some new and delicious baking adventure! Call it procrastination… I call it an investment in my overall mental health… it’s pretty tough keeping yourself and a looming 15,000 words sane…

Luckily, my mother-in-law asked if I wouldn’t mind baking some treats to put in her freezer for when visitors pop round and the like… So I thought I’d do a few tasty and freezer friendly slices…. One of these, a favourite of mine… Not quite sure what it’s officially called… But the slice with the cakey base and jam and coconut on top! Apparently it’s an Aussie slice, quite patriotic really… But unfortunately I can’t just stick to a regular recipe… I had to make it a little bit fancy, so I decided to make my own mixed berry jam to go in the middle..

I generally find store bought jam to sweet anyway and there was a pretty funky looking packet of frozen berries in the freezer that needed to be highly processed in order to be edible… so JAM! It was very tasty.. and very quick! I hope you try it! Plus you can make jam drops with the left overs.. Feeling patriotic yet?

Quick and Easy Jam

Take a packet of mixed berries, or berries of choice, frozen is easiest! Empty into a saucepan and add 1/2 cup sugar (You’ll probably want more because I like a tarty little jam). Stir it up and bring to the boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, until it’s all cooked and gooey. Take a 3 tablespoons of cornflour and mix with about 1/2 cup of cold water, use a fork to get rid of all the lumps. Stir it into the simmering jam mixture, you should feel it thicken quite quickly. Keep stirring for about a minute then take of the heat and let cool.

Happy Baking!