These corn cakes are a traditional recipe from Venezuela recommended by a lovely Venezuelan friend. She used to have them every day in Venezuela, just as I used to eat bread every day in Belgium. ‘Arepa’ is simply the Spanish name for these corn cakes as used in most of South America. …
So next week is Valentines Day! Are you celebrating Valentines Day this year? Maybe you have some time off next week with the kids and you have time to do some baking? Making these jammy dodgers will provide some fun entertainment for at least half a day, that is for sure. These heart shaped treats would also work great on a Alice in Wonderland themed party!
Valentines Day is just another date in the calendar for me really, but this time I thought it would be a good occasion to finally make these jammy dodgers I have wanted to make for a while. Since we had the Linzer torte at Christmas and New Years, I have had this idea to make a healthier version of jammy dodgers.
For the jam, I made some chia jam from frozen strawberries. As it is the middle of winter now, that is the best way to get berries I find. You boil a sauce of the strawberries, sweeten a bit with honey. The chia seeds add some extra nutritional value to the jam, but they are critical for the texture. When added to a liquid, these tiny seeds generate a gel, this makes the jam thicken without having to add loads of sugar.
If you use quantities in the recipe for the jam, that will give you a an extra pot for other use. Keep it in the fridge for at least a week.
The pasty I used is very similar to the one of the Linzer torte. I had a little play with the cookie cutters, some circles, some hearts and that was all there was to it! As with the Linzer torte these biscuits become better as they get the chance to sit for a while. I made plenty to make sure there are some left for when they are at their best, which is after about 1 week.
So all in all, these are not what you could call ‘really healthy biscuits’ as they still contain quite a lot of sugar. Nevertheless, they are definitely a lot better than shop bought ones because they have:
wholemeal flour as opposed to white flour
a big part of the flour is replaced by hazelnuts
the jam is only a little bit sweetened with honey as opposed to 60 % of refined sugar in most shop bought jams
the chia seeds bring in some extra nutritional value to them
Conclusion, there is still a fair amount of sugar and calories in these biscuits, but less of it. They contain more fibre and more nutritional value. So if you are planning on indulging anyway, why not enjoy making these chia jammy dodgers with the kids and have the treat a little bit healthier and definitely far richer in flavour as well!
Dear young chef,
Aren’t these little gnomes cute? The only thing they lack still is a beard! They are very easy to make and good fun as well, especially if you like chocolate as much as I do… Making these tangerines dipped in chocolate is not difficult at all. …
I absolutely love gingerbread houses! They can be so pretty, some really are pure art! And how much fun is it to decorate them with the kids!? They get totally excited when they even come near gingerbread houses! Icing! Sweets!! Yay!!
The only thing about them of course, is the amount of sugar that is involved. After all the hard work to make the house and decorate it, somebody needs to eat it all and than it just gets too much, even for Christmas. Or maybe, especially with Christmas actually, when we are overfeeding and indulging all over anyway.
In the past we have decorated cardboard houses with sweets instead. That was still super fun, but at least the walls didn’t need to be eaten. Last year the kids simply decorated cardboard nativity stables with crafty things, there were no sweets involved at all! They loved doing that just as much.
When I came across these lovely mini gingerbread houses that fit on a mug, I thought that was a great idea for us to do this year. It has all the fun, all the sweetness, but in small quantities. I think that is a fantastic way of doing it for the kids. They need to learn moderation when it comes to food.
Once your kids go to school and get a bit more independent, it becomes very difficult to avoid sugar in their diet altogether. You are just not always in charge. To be honest, I don’t even think that is really necessary anyway, but they do need to learn moderation. They need to learn to have lots of the good foods and little amounts of the not so healthy foods. In that perspective a with icing and sweets decorated gingerbread house definitely needs to be small!
I have no cake decoration experience nor skills as you can probably see from my rustic houses. Neither have I got the equipment that I think the experts must be using. I don’t intend to learn to get better at it either as there is too much sugar involved for my liking, but basic skills and equipment can make doo in this case I believe…
We’ll just take a little bit of those tiny cake decoration sprinkles and mini smarties or chocolate chips with us on Christmas eve and the kids can have a go at filling up the tiny empty spaces on the walls of these houses!
Download the template for mini gingerbread houses here:
Or copy from below on squared paper (squares here are 1/2 cm).
If you don’t like reading instructions, you can simply follow these pictures. If you like more detail please read the instructions below. Have fun and do enjoy the result! I am looking forward to hearing how these mini gingerbread houses turned out for you, please do let me know in the comments below!
These vegetarian sausage rolls are a great recipe to make if you are going out for Bonfire Night on Saturday. It is that time of year again, the sky has lightened up already in the passed few days, but Saturday there will be proper concerts of booming and banging and lots of pretty colours and sparkles in the sky. …
When we planted our tomatoes in Spring, I wondered what I would do with them when they would all be ripe and ready at the same time. That is when my friend came up with the idea of her mum’s incredibly tomato chutney. ‘It is her own special recipe and you can’t believe how good it really is, you definitely must try it!’ Of course I wanted to try! …
I haven’t come across a kid who doesn’t like pizza yet I believe, have you? My kids absolutely love pizza, especially if they can make them themselves and choose and pick what goes on it. We often can make our own pizza without having to plan it much, the fridge and the kitchen cupboard usually provide all we need for it. This aubergine and mozzarella pizza is my new favourite pizza.…
My 4 year old son had a pirate party this summer. He started of with the idea of a jungle party because of the theme of his new bedroom curtains, which would have been a bit more original, but he must have been influenced by what surrounded him already, other parties probably, I don’t know. A pirate party it was. In this post I want to show what homemade party food we served. …
Today at Mother’s Day I got this! My daughter made it for me, almost completely by herself. Isn’t that fantastic! She knows how much I love chocolate! This is a recipe without flour, it is completely gluten free. Not free of sugar nor calories though, but it is very easy to make and really delicious! …