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A Kidlet Friendly Slice For The Holidays

I have a certain 9 year old son that doesn’t mind the opportunity to create in the kitchen when he can, in fact all 3 kidlets love the opportunity to assist with baking and at the very least they’ll spectate, eagerly waiting for any used wooden spoon or mixing bowl offerings, (I can remember doing the same with my Mum when I was little ).

junior cook in the kitchen

Back in February (hence the lack of clothing on the upper body, this child only wears a shirt if he absolutely has to)  Blake came to me and asked if we could make a particular slice he had found in an old ‘Sesame Street  Encylopedia’ of Zadada’s. Does anyone else remember these books? Generally I only need to look at a recipe to feel inspired to make it, so there was absolutely no hesitation from me to make it especially since I was being asked by one of my precious babies to share some quality time in the kitchen. We set to it….. Sesame Street book at the ready!

sesame street book

‘Cookies Pick-Nick Bricks’ is the name of the recipe. I have increased the quantities and added a few extra mix-ins to suit a slice tin 18cm x 28cm x 3cm. You can stick to the quantities and ingredients given in the book (see pictures below) if you want a smaller, plainer slice. For the one we made…..

You Will Need:

250g packet sweet biscuits (we used Granita’s for a it more texture)

60g Chopped nuts (we used pecans, if you don’t do nuts just increase sultana’s coconut to compensate)

4 Tablespoons sultana’s (we used raisins, I’m planning to use pitted dates next time)

1/3 cup desiccated coconut

125g butter cut into cubes

4 Tablespoons golden syrup

100g milk chocolate, roughly chopped

Optional Topping

100 dark chocolate melted.

Note: You’ll find the instructions for making the slice in 2 of the pictures below.

Ingredients

We did use a food processor rather then the rolling pin method for crushing the biscuits. If the kids need to burn some extra energy go with the more physical option, I’m sure they’ll have lots of fun too!

Crumbing the biscuits

Blake

melting down

melted wet mix

Press into tin

Info 1

info 2

Once the slice cooled a little in the fridge we decided to take things one step further and give it a dark chocolate topping. We melted down 100g chocolate (using a double pan method), drizzled it over the top and popped it back in the fridge for another good half hour before slicing.

drizzling choc

slice and serve

There you have it one fun, yummy activity for the school holidays!

I’ve got another fun activity in the blog pipeline that all 3 of our kidlets love doing when we are enjoying a nice home day! Stay tuned…….. you should have it before the weekends out!

Until then,

Zamamabakes

 

 

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Salted Caramel Cracker Slice

Labelled Slice

My Salted Caramel journey continues with this absolutely gorgeous, mouth watering slice!

‘Oh my goodness’ were the words silently swirling around in my head when I sampled a piece of this slice recently. My next thought was ‘I have to make this’. I never got to trace the slice back to the creator on the day but with some online detective work I have been able to put together a recipe that works deeeeliciously well and tastes very much the same as the one I sampled.

The bonus my lovelies is that it is conveniently easy to make using only 6 ingredients. You’ll have it whipped up and ready to set within about 15 minutes & ready to eat within the hour, how’s that?

Salada bics

Sugar and butter

Boiling Caramel

ready for the oven

Post oven

Chopped Choc

Scatter choc

Spreading after 1 minute in oven

Roasting alomonds with ground salt flakes

Ready to set

Cut slice

Yum Enjoy!!!

You will need:

7 full sheets of plain Salada Crackers (each sheet consists of 4 small squares)

250g butter

1 cup brown sugar

200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

50g Flaked almonds

1/2 teaspoon ground salt flakes

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 190C.

2. Line a 24cm x 30cm (or similar size) shallow baking tray with baking paper. Place the crackers in the base of the tray without overlapping, so they cover the base, carefully cutting them with a sharp knife to fit if required.

3. Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring well until it boils and is combined. Remove from the heat and pour immediately over the crackers, spreading it evenly over the top. Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until bubbling all over and the caramel is starting to darken (keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn).

During this time you can also pop the almonds in the oven to lightly roast, just line a separate baking tray with baking paper, scatter the almonds on a baking paper lined tray and sprinkle the ground salt flakes over the top. Pop tray in the oven and roast almonds 3-5 minutes.

4. Remove slice from the oven and sprinkle over the chocolate, then return to the oven for another minute or until the chocolate has melted enough to spread. Using a spatula or knife, spread the chocolate evenly.

5. Sprinkle the roasted almonds over the top and let slice cool to room temperature then place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set completely.

6. Once slice is set cut into wedges and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

NOTE: the baking tray you end up using may require a few more or less crackers, just have a few on standby incase, also good to have a few extras to allow for breakage of biscuits.

So there you have it, a delightful little slice to satisfy any sweet tooth! I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family, friends and I did, ENJOY!

Next up on the Blog will be Chicken & Bean Enchiladas! Zadada and I got cooking in the kitchen recently and came up with these tasty little Morsels!

Chicken and Bean Enchiladas

Stay tuned for the recipe and creation process this weekend………

Until then,

Zamamabakes

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Caramel chocolate slice

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Zakidlets and I baked this caramel chocolate slice on Tuesday afternoon. This slice is a great classic Women’s Weekly Recipe, I don’t think I have ever come across a women’s weekly recipe that has disappointed me.
It’s my little boy Blake’s favourite slice and he was the one who requested we make it.
I got lots of assistance from 3 sets of little hands.

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Blake loves the recipe so much he has even started to write the recipe out himself.

Ingredients

BASE
1 cup self-raising four
1 cup coconut (as an alternative I sometimes use rolled oats or do 1/2 cup of each)
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
125g butter melted

FILLING
400g can condensed milk
30g butter
2 Tablespoons golden syrup

TOPPING
125g dark chocolate chopped
30g butter

Method
BASE
1. Lightly grease 20cm x 30cm lamington pan.
2. Combine sifted flour, coconut and sugar in bowl, add butter, stir until combined, add butter (sometimes I need a little extra), stir until combined.
3. Press mixture over base of prepared pan. Bake in moderate oven 15 minutes.
4. While base is baking combine condensed milk, butter and golden syrup in pan, stir over LOW heat, without boiling, about 15 minutes or until mixture is golden brown.
5. Pour hot filling over hot cooked base, return to oven 10 minutes, then cool.
6. Combine chocolate and butter in pan, stir over low heat until smooth (I melt all my chocolate pan over heated water style see here for further instruction). I usually use a stainless steel bowl over the pan the other tip is not to let the water in the saucepan below be touching the base of pan your chocolate is in.
7. Spread warm topping over filling, stand at room temperature until set (I put slice in fridge for about 1 hour to set then I slice it up, pop slices in an airtight container and store in fridge especially in summer!!!) keeps in fridge for a good week.
Have a go at this slice its worth the effort.
Enjoy we did. It is now all gone!!!

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A Great Gadget – The Apple Slinky

imageimageimageimageFor those of you who have not yet crossed paths with this handy gadget we call it an “apple slinky” in our house. It is otherwise known as an apple peeler. Our first experience with the “apple slinky” was when our eldest son Blake started preschool. He came home telling me about this “apple slinky” the teacher uses that peels apples and makes them look a bit like a snake. The next meeting with the “apple slinky” was when my mother-in-law produced one at her house one evening. As it turns out they seem to be a growing breed because when Blake started big school his teacher had one in her classroom too. So just recently we purchased our own “apple slinky” and we love it, especially our 2 year old daughter Alani – it has certainly helped her become a little more enthusiastic about eating apples!!!
So just in case you have not met with the “apple slinky” as yet I thought I would share this clever little gadget. It is not overly expensive to purchase I payed $19.95 at our local kitchen shop “Mallam House” in Murwillumbah.
The pictures displayed are from Thursday this week when Alani requested an “apple slinky”.
By the way the “apple slinky” peels, cores and slices.

For those of you who have not yet crossed paths with this handy gadget we call it an "apple slinky" in our house. It is...

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