Sunday, 25 November 2012

Easy Chocolate Fudge

This is the easy way to make fudge, you don't need melted sugar and thermometers - perfect for baking with kids. It's chewy, rich and SO delicious.

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You will need:
125g good quality milk chocolate
125g good quality dark chocolate
60g butter
1tsp vanilla extract
200g sweetened condensed milk
Tube of smarties (or M&M's)

Line a 6inch square tin with baking parchment. Put a saucepan on the heat with a little water in the bottom and heat this to near boiling. Choose a heatproof bowl that fits over the saucepan but does not touch the water. Break the chocolate into small pieces into the bowl and add all the other ingredients except the smarties. Put the heat on the lowest setting and keep stirring until all the ingedients are melted. (You can do this in the microwave (in 20 second bursts stirring well in between) - I would start by part melting the chocolate first as it takes longest. I prefer the water in this case as heats everything slower so you won't burn anything.) Stir well and pour into the baking tin. Wait an hour before putting into the fridge. Chill overnight.

Easy chocolate fudge kids recipe

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Button Christmas Cards

I've been branching out on the button Christmas card theme...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I believe this is the perfect combination of cupcakes, chocolate, glitter and Christmas. They are however, rather labour intensive. Only make these if you are very patient, or for someone you love very much.

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You will need:
Cupcakes (6oz butter, sugar & flour plus 3 eggs + 1 tsp vanilla extract)
Christmassy cupcake cases
Chocolate buttons - lots!
Icing sugar
Green glitter
Makes about 20

For the cupcakes, cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs, flour and vanilla extract. Bake at 180C for about 12 minutes, until a knife comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Make some thick icing sugar paste (using icing sugar + water) - this is the glue to hold the buttons on. Place a little on the back of a button, then dip the edge of the button into the glitter. Place on the cupcake in circles working into the centre.

christmas tree glitter cupcakes

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Cross Stitch Bookmark

I can't even remember how long ago I started this bookmark, and I dread to think how many other unfinished projects are lurking in my craft cupboard. However I finally got around to finishing this one and I think it's lovely. I love anything with Westies on! 

Amazingly they still sell it - you can buy the kit here.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Homemade Christmas Crackers

Homemade crackers are the best because you can make each one personal. Plus, you can put two bangs in each one for an extra surprise! 

You will need:
A toilet roll per cracker + 2 extra
Wrapping paper - nothing to thick, as it has to rip easily.
Matching ribbon 
Cracker bangs
Christmas hats and jokes (the worse the better)
Various presents - games, posh chocolates, mini liqueur bottles, homemade gifts etc
Name tags if they are personalised 


Step 1: Measure out the wrapping paper so that it is as wide as 3 toilet rolls and wraps all the way around them. 

Step 2: Stick the bang to the inside of the middle toilet roll. Fill with hats/jokes/presents.

Step 3: Using the string, carefully tighten each end of the cracker. 

Step 4: Remove the string. You may want to make small cuts in the paper at the joins, as this makes them easier to break. Tie each end with ribbon.

Step 5: Remove the 2 extra toilet rolls. Decorate the crackers with place names, ribbons, holly etc.


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