Category Archives: Christmas baking

advent 13 2015

‘In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.’

Luke 2:1

Christmas tree biscuits

This is a very easy recipe called 1-2-3 biscuits from ‘Cakes and Cake Decorating’ by Rosemary Wadey.

The recipe 

2oz/50g butter

1oz/25g caster sugar

3oz/75g plain flour

To make 

Cream butter and sugar together and then gradually add the flour. Knead till smooth. I made this in my mixer but it is easily done by hand.

Chill the biscuit dough for at least an hour. If you miss this it will be very difficult to roll out and cut into biscuit shapes.

Once chilled roll out on a floured surface. Cut into shapes. I used a christmas tree shaped cutter. Bake at 150C /300F /Gas 2 for about 25 minutes (less if you have a fan oven. Check often anyway). They should be lightly browned. I have a gas oven that has a mind of it’s own so please don’t take my timings as exact!

Once cooked allow to cool and then decorate using icing (icing sugar and water mixed- add water little by little). I added green colouring jell. Decorate any way you like. Eat!

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‘gingerbread’ mini house

I saw this on pinterest and thought I would see if it would be ‘child making’ friendly. I think it is! In a few weeks we’ll be having a go at making these mini houses at toddler group. I’ll warn the parents the week before.

The biscuits used are the ‘Bahlsen Continental’ biscuits for the base and two ‘Nice’ biscuits for the two sides. Decorate the Nice biscuits first (place on a paper towel ‘cushion’ to prevent breaking if little fingers press too hard) and then build the house and used tubes of icing to secure. I found that the biscuits were just the right size to make the triangle shape and held together really easily.

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Of course always check for allergies before making anything edible.

 

Advent calendar day 19

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Luke 2: 9,10 ‘And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.’

Christmas Toast – All you need is bread to toast, a Christmas themed biscuit cutter and your choice of butter and spreads. Toast the bread and then cut out the shape. The left over bits of toast can be eaten too! I used white bread but wholemeal would work just as well.

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Advent calendar day 13

 

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Luke 2: 3,4 ‘And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.’

A Christmas song Little Donkey

Some Christmas treats to make – Rice Crispie cakes with sprinkles!

All you need is chocolate, rice crispies and sprinkles. Melt chocolate in the microwave and stir in rice crispies. add gradually until all the rice crispies are coated in chocolate and the chocolate is used up. Spoon into petit fours cases. before the chocolate sets add sprinkles.

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Here’s a link to Joseph’s story .

 

Advent calendar day 10

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Matthew 1: 23 ‘ Behold, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us).

 

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A recipe for homemade fudge from Mary Berry can be found here. No cooking required but it does need to be left overnight!

Here is a link to a toddler friendly bible story about Immanuel.

 

 

Advent calendar day 9

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John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

A christmas picture – sparkly icicles

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A craft to make – Jesus is the light of the world candle stained glass.

Print from the PDF onto card. Cut out flame. (Older children can do this for themselves but prepare it ahead of time for younger oneds) Colour or paint the heart and cross. I used wax crayons to blend the colours. Add writing ‘Jesus is the light of the world’. You may need to write this first and then decorate the heart. It can be tricky writing over wax crayon! Stick tissue paper to the reverse. Hang at a window.

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Jesus_is_the_Light  – PDF file.

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Advent calendar Day 7

 

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Two candles – the second week of advent..

 

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Luke 1:26,27  ‘In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth’

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Christmas biscuits to bake –

This is a very easy recipe called 1-2-3 biscuits from ‘Cakes and Cake Decorating’ by Rosemary Wadey.

The recipe 

2oz/50g butter

1oz/25g caster sugar

3oz/75g plain flour

To make 

Cream butter and sugar together and then gradually add the flour. Knead till smooth. I made this in my mixer but it is easily done by hand.

Chill the biscuit dough for at least an hour. If you miss this it will be very difficult to roll out and cut into biscuit shapes.

Once chilled roll out on a floured surface. Cut into shapes. I used a christmas tree shaped cutter. Bake at 150C /300F /Gas 2 for about 25 minutes (less if you have a fan oven. Check often anyway). They should be lightly browned. I have a gas oven that has a mind of it’s own so please don’t take my timings as exact!

Once cooked allow to cool and then decorate using icing (icing sugar and water mixed- add water little by little). I added green colouring jell. Decorate any way you like. Eat!

While you bake here is something to listen to.

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If you have any icing left you could ice some fairy cakes or cup cakes.

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