Euuurgh, OK, apparently last time I updated my blog was back in Easter. Oops! I was dreading logging in and having to deal with hundreds of updates and all of the glitches and plug-in conflicts that would come with it. But it’s done now! Hurrah.
Anyway, the kids had a Christmas party to go to recently so we looked through Pinterest together to pick out some ideas for party food. So none of these ideas are particularly original (and the original versions can be found on my pinboard here>), but I thought I’d share mine anyway as some didn’t come with recipes.
I love making little bags like these to give small gifts in, especially edible ones! They’re just zip-lock bags with a name tag folded and stapled over the top that I designed in Photoshop and printed off.
Here are the boys making cute Christmas trees out of LCM Bars cut into the shape of Christmas trees. They’re using royal icing to decorate them, with Smarties. I inserted a wooden skewer into the bars (with the sharp point cut off) for a handle.
These mini pizzas were made with english muffins cut into the shape of Christmas trees, with mozarella cheese, pizza sauce, red and green capsicum, tomato and basil on top. Super easy and really yummy too!
The reindeer cupcakes crack me up. The kids helped decorate them and because we didn’t have all of the necessary bits (like ears, or a proper nose) they come out looking hella derpy. But that’s OK. Here’s the recipe for the cupcakes (makes 12)…
2 cups self raising flour, sifted
3/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup milk
125g butter, melted and cooled
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 200c and line muffin pan with cupcake cases.
Combine flour and caster sugar and make a well in the center.
Gradually add the milk, eggs, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and stir gently to combine well.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared pans, filling about 2/3 of the pans.
Bake for around 15 mins, until a skewer comes out clean. Stand on a wire rack to cool.
Ice using pure icing sugar mixture with cocoa and decorate with Smarties and pretzels for antlers.
These are really cute. If you want flat lines when you ice them (instead of raised) do wet-on-wet icing, with two piping bags on the go at once. I didn’t bother; raised lines’ll do, haha.
Here’s the recipe for the sugar cookies…
makes a dozen
1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons softened butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Stir in all dry ingredients to form a dough, then refrigerate for at least one hour. Pre-heat oven to 200C. Roll out dough between two sheets of baking paper, to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into star shapes and insert a wooden skewer (cut the pointy end off for safety) for the “wand”. Bake until browned (about 10 minutes, keep an eye on them) then leave to cool completely.
Royal Icing Recipe
1 egg white
1.5 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Whisk the egg white and lemon juice, then gradually add icing sugar and continue whisking until smooth.
Divide into separate bowls to colour with food colouring.
I loved this idea! It’s so cute. Here’s how we did ours (although it’s very self-explanatory)…
Mini candy canes
Mini candy bars (eg. Mars bars)
Pure icing sugar mixture, chocolate flavoured
Use the icing to stick two candy canes together side by side.
Use more icing to stick a Tiny Teddy between the two halves of the candy bar, and more icing to secure the candy bar “car” to the candy cane “sleigh”.
Aaand done! Happy baking. And sorry about the really poor blog upkeep…:P