We are allowed to be a little bit naughty sometime.. right? And surely Easter is the time to stuff yourself with chocolate.. so if your looking for something abit different to a plain old chocolate egg, these are for you.
Ofcourse they can be cooked and eaten anytime of the year.. now I've found this recipe I know it will definitely be making an appearance at my house more often than it should!
For a treat for your little one cut them into bite size pieces so it's not too much for them...
YOU WILL NEED:
For the brownies
100g unsalted butter
100g plain chocolate
50g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
2 medium eggs
150g golden caster sugar
For the icing
100g softened butter
170g icing sugar
50g cocoa powder
1 tbspn of milk
WHAT TO DO:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C
2) Break the chocolate into small pieces into a heat proof bowl & add butter. Melt in microwave, do short bursts & mix until the chocolate & butter has melted.
3) Whilst the chocolate melts put the eggs & sugar into a different bowl and mix until it thickens.. this should take about 3 minutes of mixing.
4) Add the melted chocolate and slowly stir until mixture in combined
5) Sift flour & cocoa powder & stir until mixture is combined
6) Add chocolate chips
7) Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper & pour in mixture
8) Cook for 20minutes. Check it is cooked through.
9) Let it cool & cut into small squares
10) Mix icing ingredients together. Decorate with icing & mini eggs.
Chocolate AND orange mixed cookies? It would be rude not to try!
This recipe is slightly more challenging for your child and will need some extra adult help.. but do not shy away from it, because it is well worth it!
You can make these cookies into any shapes you want.. on my trial run we made a batch of love hearts, stars and flowers.. but for my classes we made animal cookies to keep with our animal theme.
WHAT YOU NEED:
250g Unsalted butter
140g Caster sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
1 Egg yolk
300g Plain flour
2 tablespoons Coco powder
1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
1 teaspoon of Orange essence (optional)
WHAT TO DO:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C
2) Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl. Add the egg yolk and mix.
3) Add the flour and combine until you have a dough
4) Divide the dough in half. Add the coco to one half.. orange rind & essence to the other half.. knead it until it has combined
5) Roll the chocolate dough into a long sausage shape, around 30cm long.
6) Do the same with the orange dough and lay each 'sausage' next to each other
7) Beginning at one end turn the 'sausages' into a spiral. Repeat for the remaining dough.
8) Place your spirals onto a baking sheet and freeze for 10 minutes to firm up.
9) When chilled flatten each wheel with a rolling pin then use your cutters to create different shaped cookies.
10) Cook for 10 minutes & Cool
*** The cookie will still be soft when it comes out of the oven but go with it… I've learnt this the hard way and ended up with a lot of rock hard cookies. If they are still soft when they come out of the oven, when cooled they harden slightly and are delicious ***
Long before your baby lets out their first babble they experience the world using only their senses:
TASTE/ HEAR/ TOUCH/ SMELL
Providing opportunities to experience a variety of different textures, smells, tastes and sounds will help with their later communication and language development.
Talk to your baby during play; it will help them link what they are experiencing with the correct word.
Even if it feels like you are talking to yourself when your little one stares back with the blank expression on their face ..
you are not going bonkers I promise…
they are learning!!
Turn MESS into PLAY
A few weeks ago we created a farm yard for the children to play with. Living on a farm myself, I know all too well that they are not short of mess.. and the children loved letting their imaginations go wild..
In our very own farm we use a variety of different food to create a range of textures for the animals to roam around in.
The sheep and goats were kept in their pens stomping on soft oats
This is great for grabbing, sprinkling and a fantastic canvas for mark making!
The pigs got messy in the mud
Use a mousse powder, adding a small amount of water to create a lumpy texture.
The cows munched on their garden full of peas
I used frozen peas and left them in balls, the children used the warmth of their hands to separate them
**Do not leave little one's alone with these, due to safety**
The chickens pecked on the crunchy path of cornflakes
encourage them to squeeze handfuls, breaking them and hearing the CRUNCH!
If you are going to be doing regular messy play at home, I would HIGHLY recommend investing in a TUFF TRAY
This is a large tray that has fairly shallow sides: enough to allow your little one to freely move in and out but high enough to keep the mess in… HURRAH!
I purchased mine from amazon, they are around £15 and come in every colour imaginable.