Posts Tagged ‘Sweet’

Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes

Home Made Cooking | Sweets

I know it’s not really educational but I admit it – I love playing with my food! 🙂

This is how I came up with these fun pancakes. If you want your kids to eat whatever you’re serving make sure there’s a gimmick.

Not that I needed one in this instance, I mean after all – it IS pancakes! What kid wouldn’t like pancakes with all that sweet stuff on them, but still, I had a great excuse to play around with the food. And you know what? This idea can be a solution to almost any event or occasion you have. Here, for example: Valentine’s day? Easy, make heart shaped pancakes, write “I love you” with your food; A birthday? Easy, write your greeting with pancakes; Just want to have fun? Super easy, make fun random shapes with your kids and enjoy!

Oh, and I almost forgot, the process here is almost 100% mess proof. Using the squeeze bottle just makes it so much cleaner and easier!!

Fun Shaped Pancakes

 

Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
 
Pancakes are always fun but wait until you show the kids you can make them in super special shapes!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Spelt Flour (you can use all purpose as well)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar (white)
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk and vinegar in a large cup, mix together and let stand for 5 minutes
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in a mixer bowl, add the milk and vinegar mix and mix all together until well combined. You can also do this part using a whisker but it’s easier with a stand mixer.
  3. Pour the pancake batter into a squeeze bottle (like the ones you use for ketchup and mustard at picnics)
  4. Using a sharp knife or scissors cut a bigger hole in the bottles nozzle. Adjust the hole size based on how much of the mix you’d like to squeeze out every time.
  5. Preheat a lightly greased frying pan (just a thin layer of butter) or a griddle to medium heat and squeeze your favorite shape.
  6. Once it starts to bubble, turn over for another 2 minutes and remove.

 

Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes

I know it’s not really educational but I admit it – I love playing with my food! 🙂 This is how I came up with these fun pancakes. If you want your kids to eat whatever you’re serving make sure there’s a gimmick. Not that I needed one in this instance, I mean after all […]

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Chocolate Nutella Berries

Sweets

Well, to tell you the truth it doesn’t get an easier than this 🙂

A really sweet treat that can be served as a special dessert fondue style or as a lovely Valentine Day’s gift. In fact, now that I think of it, you don’t really need a reason or a special occasion to make this, just make it because you want something yummy!

Chocolate Nutella Berries

 

Chocolate Nutella Berries
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Family Day or any day really. What's better than the perfect combo of fresh berries and chocolate!
Ingredients
  • 15 Strawberries
  • 6 Blackberries
  • 21 wooden skewers
  • ½ Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Milk
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate, nutella, milk and butter all together. Make sure you melt them over medium-low heat while stirring constantly.
  2. Once all is evenly molten, place each of the berries on a skewer and dip into the chocolate sauce.
  3. Remove from sauce and gently spin to minimize the chocolate leftovers dripping from the berry.
  4. Place on a plate covered with parchment paper and let cool.
Notes
Serve as a sweet, tasty bouquet to your loved one or simply skip the cooling part, dip in the chocolate and eat, fondue style

 

Chocolate Nutella Berries Fondue

Well, to tell you the truth it doesn’t get an easier than this 🙂 A really sweet treat that can be served as a special dessert fondue style or as a lovely Valentine Day’s gift. In fact, now that I think of it, you don’t really need a reason or a special occasion to make this, just […]

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Cookie Cutter Ginger Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

I’m always looking to keep the kids busy while trying to make sure that whatever they do is potentially productive. So for example, they like washing dishes, fine with me! Whatever keeps them busy 🙂 they like to beat the eggs when I’m baking and to help me out with baking and cooking; so all I did was to enhance their fun. We decided that gingerbread man cookies shouldn’t be shaped as little fat men, but rather that they should be shaped in different shapes and be decorated with stuff that is not necessarily icing or colors; and that’s when we started making ginger cookies. The kids enjoyed decorating and cutting them and I enjoyed the fact that they are enjoying. Also, as a side note, the mess they made wasn’t as big as I thought it would be so YAY for me too!! These cookies turned out amazing. They are not too sweet and crunch perfectly in your mouth. Kids had them with hot cocoa and we enjoyed them with a nice cup of tea – everyone’s happy and I managed to keep them busy with no TV or video games, hurray!

Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies
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Crunchy, yummy and not too sweet. Fun to make with the kids and easy to make anytime.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger (Powder)
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp Honey (liquid)
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • 100gr Butter in room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix together until fully combined and you get a dough ball.
  3. Divide into 2 smaller balls and start with flattening the 1st dough ball with a rolling pin until it is about ½ cm thick.
  4. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. You can also use a sharp knife or pizza slicer and cut into squares.
  5. Line shaped dough pieces on baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Once ready, remove from oven and set aside to completely cool.
Notes
Cookies can be decorated with almonds, sprinkles, nuts and dried fruits before placing in the oven.

 

Crunchy Ginger Cookies

 

I’m always looking to keep the kids busy while trying to make sure that whatever they do is potentially productive. So for example, they like washing dishes, fine with me! Whatever keeps them busy 🙂 they like to beat the eggs when I’m baking and to help me out with baking and cooking; so all […]

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Real Hot Cocoa

Sweets

It’s almost the end of January which officially leaves us with one more month of bitter cold winter. I don’t care what everyone else says; as far as I’m concerned winter is almost over! Now, what’s better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day? I usually just go for the easy fix and make the kids some hot chocolate with the chocolate premix and some warm milk, but when I’m really in the mood I make this hot cocoa and believe me, it is incomparable to the hot chocolate mix. You can actually taste the chocolate in this one. So go, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, make yourself cozy in front of the TV or a good book, and enjoy winter! When I want to feel really cozy I even add a shot of Bailey’s or Kahlua.

Hot cocoa with marshmallow

Real Hot Cocoa
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Recipe type: Drink
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Total time: 
Serves: 1 Mug
 
A real Hot Cocoa, the one you can actually taste the chocolate in.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Marshmallow
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk into a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until the milk begins to boil (you’ll see tiny bubbles, don’t wait for it to fully boil).
  2. Add the sugar and sprinkle to cocoa powder while mixing to avoid lumps. Stir in the saucepan until no lumps. Add the vanilla extract and stir.
  3. Keep saucepan on stove-top and let boil gently. Once it forms some foam, remove from heat.
  4. Pour into a mg and add some marshmallows.

 

Hot cocoa mug

It’s almost the end of January which officially leaves us with one more month of bitter cold winter. I don’t care what everyone else says; as far as I’m concerned winter is almost over! Now, what’s better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day? I usually just go for the easy […]

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Sweet and Soft Braided Challah Bread

Baked Goodies

Sweet childhood memories for me are the taste of soft, fresh, sweet challah bread with fresh real cottage cheese. I can swear, it’s like heaven in your mouth.

Ever since we moved to Canada I’ve been trying to find that challah bread that has the sweetness I loved so much. It’s like a sweet roll but bigger 🙂

So I know I have another Challah recipe here in the blog, but this one is much sweeter, bigger and fluffier. It all depends on how you like your challah.

In this case, you can either braid it or you can just make rolls, both will come out tasting heavenly! The recipe, by the way, is originally by Carine Goren who is a sweet cook from Israel. Here’s the link if you know Hebrew 🙂 http://www.carine.co.il/htmls/page_202.aspx?c0=13148&bsp=13097

Sweet Challah Bread Slice

 
Ingredients
  • 500 grams All purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ – 1 cup lukewarm water
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • 1 Beaten egg for brushing
  • Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl; use only ¾ cup water to start with. Mix on medium speed until fully combined. If you see that the dough is dry, gradually start adding the extra ¼ cup water you have until you get soft and smooth dough that slightly sticks to the bottom.
  2. Spread a bit of oil over the dough ball inside the bowl, cover with towel and let stand until dough rises and doubles its size (about 40-45 minutes).
  3. Preheat oven to 180C/ 350F and prepare a baking pan covered with parchment paper.
  4. Once the dough doubled its size, divide into 3 balls and roll each ball into a “sausage” to braid. You can also make rolls and take a tennis size ball from the dough for each roll and form a small ball.
  5. Place on baking sheet and let stand for additional 30-40 minutes.
  6. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds; Place inside the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and brown on the bottom.

Sweet Challah Bread

Sweet childhood memories for me are the taste of soft, fresh, sweet challah bread with fresh real cottage cheese. I can swear, it’s like heaven in your mouth. Ever since we moved to Canada I’ve been trying to find that challah bread that has the sweetness I loved so much. It’s like a sweet roll […]

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Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips

Home Made Cooking

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster yet tasty. This Friday I decided to take the chicken breast I had and make strips in sauce to serve with the potatoes I was roasting. This is a great recipe and kids’ favorite because it’s semi sweet. It’s easy to make and can be served with anything – bonus points for that.

Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips
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Recipe type: Main
 
Great dish for adults and kids. Easy to make and only a few ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Boneless and Skinless) – Cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion – Sliced
  • ¾ Can (100gr) Tomato Paste
  • ½ Lemon – Juiced
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1½ tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat and add the sliced onion. Sauté onion until soft while stirring.
  2. Add the tomato paste and mix, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well until combined. Let boil.
  3. Add in the chicken strips and stir. Cover pot with lid and let cook over medium heat for 25 minutes while stirring occasionally.

 

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster […]

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Chocolate Cake Ice Cream Cones

Cakes and Cookies

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket of ice cream just to be able to use the cones, so I made a different kind of “Ice Cream”. I made a cake batter and poured it into the ice cream cones. I then baked it and added chocolate on top and voila! I got the ice cream look with the taste of chocolate and a lot less mess. The kids loved it and I was even happier to see their clean placements on the table after they were done.

This recipe can be used for just a regular chocolate cake in a small bake pan or for more ice cream cones. I’m not sure about the size because I made 8 cones and used the rest of the batter for a mini cake in a 7 inch pan.

Chocolate Cake Cones
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 Cones
 
Great for the kids and ever greater for birthdays. I only made 8 cones and a mini cake but you can play around with the number of cones and double the amounts as required.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Sweetened/ Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can also mix the two)
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 8 Ice Cream Cones (small ones with flat bottom)
For the chocolate coating:
  • ½ Cup Heavy/ Whipping Cream
  • ¾ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Mix all the cake ingredients together
  3. Pour about ¼ cup (until cone is ¾ full) of cake batter in each cone. Pour the rest of the batter into additional cones or into a 7 inch (18cm) greased baking pan.
  4. Place the cones standing (preferable in a deep baking pan to avoid falling) and gently place in preheated oven. Place the 7 inch cake in the oven as well (or you can bake it later when cones are ready).
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  6. Wait until the cakes (cones) are cool and prepare the coating.
To prepare the coating:
  1. Simmer heavy cream in saucepan
  2. Add the chocolate chips in while simmering and stir really well until fully molten.
  3. Remove from heat and pour about 1-2 teaspoons on each cooled ice cream cone. Decorate with coconut or sprinkles.
Notes
**Make sure you immediately place the cones in the oven after filling them to avoid the cones getting wet and soft from the filling.

 

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket […]

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Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips

Cakes and Cookies

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a chunk of history when you think about it because they are not only hand written but some of them are also written on pieces of old newspapers and flyers which makes it even more fun to dig in them. So I dug in my bag yesterday and found this great coconut cake recipe I used to love. I decided to upgrade it and added some chocolate chips which turned out to be a great upgrade! Try it. The cake is not too moist and the chocolate chips sink to the bottom of the cake while baking but the end result is a cake you’d like to have with your coffee. And besides, look at the small number of ingredients it has – perfect.

 

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Soft and tasty cake with chocolate chips on the bottom.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups White Sugar
  • 1½ Cups Self Rising Flour (or all purpose flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
  • ½ Cup Finely Shredded Coconut – Unsweetened
  • 1 Full Cup (250ml) Heavy Cream (Whipping Cream)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips (Use your favorite)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Layer a 8.5- 9.5 Inch spring form baking pan with parchment paper, or you can spread butter to avoid the cake from sticking.
  3. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until fully combined. The batter reminds the consistency of a pancake batter.
  4. Pour the cake batter onto the layered baking pan and place in oven for 40-45 minutes until brown.
Notes
* Use 8.5- 9.5 Inch Round spring form cake pan

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a […]

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