Sweet Treats

Strawberry Cheesecake Balls

Getting ready for the first week of back to school, and we got the food processor out for a sweet lunch box treat.  Best of all its healthy, pink and a serve of dairy! Tick tick tick!

Miss Fox, 8 years picked this herself to make the day before the first day of school.  She has alot of fun making these little cuties.  We obtained the recipe from Kylie over at https://kidgredients.com.au/4-ingredient-strawberry-cheesecake-bliss-balls/

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Strawberry Cheesecake Balls

Ingredients
1 punnet (250g) Punnet of Strawberries
1 block (250g) Cream Cheese (works best if not too cold)
1/2 Cup Desicated Coconut
1 tsp Lemon Zest
1 tsp Maple Syrup

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Method
1. Place the cream cheese, strawberries (hulled), lemon zest and coconut into the food processor.
2. Pulse (only) until all ingredients are fully combined and the mix is thick and pink.
3. Over mixing will cause it to be runny and will not make balls.
4. Remove the mix from the food processor.
5. Fill a bowl with a cup of decsicated coconut (for rolling).
6. Then place each ball gently onto a plate.
7.Continue until all the mix is in balls.
8. Put th eplate or container of CheesecakeBalls into the fridge to set for a couple of hours or overnight.
Mix made 20-25 balls.
Keeps safely in airtight container for 3-5 days.
Suitable to freeze.
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Sweet Treats

Jam Dodger Squares

This is a fun recipe to make with the kids, its super easy, hard to make a mistake, and best of all it tastes great.  I suggest cutting it smaller than I did, my squares were quite filling.  I’d go with 4 across and then into squares from there.

The USA has Jam Dodgers and we use to have them many years ago  in Australia, however we now don’t and instead I used a Strawberry Shortcake  Biscuit.  The fun for Little Fox was arranging the biscuits on top in the cool pattern.

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Jam Dodger Squares

Ingredients
175g Butter
250g White Chocolate – chopped
250g Caster Sugar
3 large Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract
300g Plain Flour
3tbsp Strawberry Jam
11-13 Biscuits
Ingredients
Method
1. Preheat oven to 180C degrees.
2. Grease and flour lamington/slice pan.
3. Put the butter and chocolate into a medium heavy based saucepan and place it on a Med-low heat, stir continuously.   Jam Dodger Squares
4. Once fully melted, remove from the heat.
5. In the electric mixer, add together your sugar and eggs and mix on medium until combined.
6. Gradually pour in the melted chocolate to your egg mixture, ensure that it is slightly cooled so it doesn’t cook the egg whites.
7. Remove from mixer, and add flour in 2-3 parts and mix by hand.
8. Ensure it is fuly combined.
9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
10. Using a teaspoon, put spoons of jam aroudn the top and then lightly swirl.
11. USing the 11-13 Biscuits, arrange into a pattern on the top, placing lightly so they ‘float’.
12. Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
13. Once removed ensure it is fuly cooled down before cutting into squares.

Makes 15-20 Squares.

Breakfast

Double Dutch Chocolate Waffles

Waffles 1What could taste any better on a Sunday morning than Chocolate Waffles with homemade chocolate sauce and berries.  My mouth watered as Miss Fox announced “let’s make Chocolate Waffles this morning”!

It didn’t take long before the waffle iron was heating up (we got ours a few years ago in the Boxing Day sales form Harvey Norman) and I love how you can make a batch but have at least half a dozen spare to use the next day.

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Ingredients
90g Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Dutch Processed Cocoa
1 Cup Milk
1 1/2 Cups Self Raising Flour
200g Cooking Chocolate ( I used a mix of milk and dark)

Method
1. Melt butter in the microwave for 20 seconds.
2. Place butter & sugar into a large mix bowl and combine together.
3. Add one egg at a time and stir well.
4. Then add in the cocoa, half milk and half flour, stir until combined.
5. Add in the remaining milk and flour, and mix through.
6. Melt chocolate in micowave (or on stove top in heavy based sucepan), and then add melted chocolate in to the bowl in 3 parts to ensure it doesn’t seize.
7. Once fully mixed to a batter (thick cream consistency), you can add the batter in the heated waffle gridle/iron as show in picture.
8. Cookie for time on the counter or 4 minutes approximately.

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Home Made Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients
250g Chocoalte
125g Cream (I use thickened light cream)

Method
1. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl broken up into the squares.
2. Pour cream into a small saucepan and place on low heat on stove top.
3. Heat cream until it just starts to bubble but not boil.
4. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate in the bowl.
5. Start to stir chocolate straight away and keep stirring until all chocolate has melted into the cream.
6. Pour into a small jar to use on waffles.

Waffles make 8-10
Keep covered, last 2 days.
Serve with strawberries and cream or ice cream optional.

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Breakfast

Pikelet Fruit Skewers

School Holidays are such fun for us, a break from the hussle and bussle and getting up with the sparrows and flying out the door.  Baby Fox isn’t a big fan of bread, not toast, not sandwiches…. aaaand combined with that she won’t drink milk by itself so cereal is out for us!  School days its often premade pikelets, berries & yoghurt,  a crossiant or a slice of my homemade banana bread. If we’re in a super hurry is a fresh banana on the go!Pikelet Fruit Kebabs

Therefore we love in school holiday time to crack open the pancakes, waffles and cooked breakfasts and sit down to enjoy.  Here we have our latest favourite, Little Fox scoffed down 9 pikelets on this morning.

Pikelet Fruit Skewers
Ingredients
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter – melted
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Plain Flour
2 tsp (or 1/2 tbsp) of Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Bi-carb Soda
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Cup Milk

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Method
1. In a large bowl add your egg with brown sugar and whisk them together.
2. Then melt butter, 25 seconds in microwave on high.
3. Add the butter to your mix and stir thoroughly.
4. Next add your vanilla and stir through along with your dry ingredients of flour, baking powder and bi-carb soda with half the milk at a time.
5. Finally put in your cinnamon and stir your batter until smooth without lumps.
6. Heat your fry pan, I do not grease the pan, I use non stick tefal as I feel the butter burns in the pan and takes away the taste.
7. Using a soup diner spoon or a tablespoon I add 5 seperate  spoonfuls around the pan, and leave to cook for about 3-4 minutes, the first upper side with slightly bubble to show they are cooked, peek then flip and cook for 3-4 minutes on the 2nd side.
8. Once all pikelets are cooked then you can arrange them onto your skewers with fruit of your choice.  We chose sliced bananas, rapsberries, strawberries and blueberries.
9. Serve drizzled with maple syrup.
Made 18-20 mini pikelets.

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