It is that time of year again. The kids are nearing their Christmas break from school and the family may have some time off together over the festive season. Maybe you will have more time to spend together and want to plan some activities for the family.
Instead of spending money on attending events or when the weather outside is frightful for example, why not spend your time with the family doing one of our favourite Christmas activities…baking! Baking not only provides a fun and wholesome activity to do with the kids or family, it is also a low-cost way to create some tasty treats to enjoy over the festive season.
Courtesy of SafeFood, MABS wants to share our top 3 tasty treats that we are going to prepare this festive season. Grab the apron and wooden spoon and let’s bake!
Tasty Treat One – Yuletide Iced Muffins
Twelve days of Christmas? What about 12 days of muffins! Thinking of preparing a different Christmas dessert this year? Maybe you usually enjoy Christmas pudding or cake, but want to enjoy a lighter option this year?
SafeFood has provided the perfect recipe for some tasty Iced Muffins which are easy to make, fun with the kids and low-cost ingredients. The ingredients below provide 12 muffins in total.
Let’s look at the ingredients list (some you may have at home in your cupboards, so be sure to take a look!):
- Self-raising flour
- Caster sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Dried mixed fruit (sultanas, raisins, cranberries)
- Orange and lemon
- Mixed spice
- Icing sugar
- Orange or lemon juice
- Chopped mixed nuts
To find out the quantities needed and to follow the recipe, visit SafeFood’s Yuletide Iced Muffins.
Tasty Treat Two – Simple Sponge Cake
They say you cannot go wrong with a classic dessert, and nothing is more classic than a sponge cake. This dessert is perfect for beginner bakers and kids, with SafeFood’s easy to follow recipe and it only takes 20 minutes to bake.
A nice activity to do with the kids that shouldn’t take too long and won’t be too messy (hopefully!).
A delicious slice of sponge cake goes down a treat after Christmas dinner – light, airy and tasty!
You only need five ingredients to create your Simple Sponge, let’s take a look:
- Eggs (ideally at room temperature)
- Caster sugar
- Self-raising flour
- Strawberry or raspberry jam for filling
- Icing sugar for dusting
To start whipping your simple sponge, follow SafeFood’s Sponge Cake recipe.
Tasty Treat Three – Christmas Crumble
MABS 101 Square Meal’s Apple or Rhubarb crumble is one of our team favourites. However, when it comes to Christmas, we like to change it up and add a Christmas twist to the classic crumble. Enter SafeFood’s Christmas Crumble.
This crumble is a little different as it is a twist on the classic mince pies. More like a giant mince pie to feed the family!
It only takes 15 minutes to prep and requires one method – simply mixing all the ingredients together. The little ones can be in charge of getting their fingers sticky by following the simple recipe.
Once prep is done, pop it in the oven for 40 minutes and sit back to wait for your Christmas Crumble creation to come to life.
- Plain flour
- Golden caster sugar
- Low fat margarine, cubed
- Porridge oats
- Flaked almonds
We hope you enjoyed our MABS favourite Christmas Treats, courtesy of Safefood. Have you got your own Christmas activity ideas or tasty recipes to share? Let us know at @MABSinfo on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram.
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