Hopping Good Fun

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oh dear, the end of the school holidays looms near. Our days of sleep-ins and afternoon siestas are coming to an end. Better make the most of it - which is why it's just a short post today, and kid-centric.

Mini-critic senior has been spending lots of time in the world of Dahl, no, not the lentil, the author. So when she came across a book of Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes, we just had to attempt one of the recipes.

She picked Hot Frogs, which turned out to be super simple. The original recipe called for the "frog" to be stuffed with a sultana mixture - but we're not sultana fans so we changed it. (I love food puns - sultanas=flies, get it?).

Here's how we did it:

1) Halve and core a green apple. I also took alternate stripes of peel off because I don't like how baked apple peel gets all wrinkly and flabby.

2) Stuff the cores with filling of choice. We used a mixture of brown sugar and chopped almonds and cashews. Make sure the filling is slightly moist.

3) Cut out frog shapes from some puff pastry. Ours were leftover scraps from the Daring Baker's September Challenge which is why it looks a bit worse for wear.

4) Eggwash the pastry (or just use some milk if you don't want to sacrifice an egg). Bake until puffed and golden and the apple is tender. Serve with custard or ice-cream.

Very delicious!

On the theme of fun food, we also made up these spiders ourselves.

Again, very simple to do. Cut out two circles from sugar cookie dough. One larger than the other.

Fill the smaller one with jam of choice (we used black cherry). Use a sharp knife to cut eight "legs" from the larger circle. Place the jam filled dough ball seam side down on the "leg" circle.

Bake until golden. Wait till cool before eating as the jam filling will be very, very hot! Add "eyes" with writing icing.


Velva said...

These are so adorable! What a great kid-friendly idea.

The Cooking Photographer said...

These are just adorable! How neat!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

How fun! I love Roald Dahl's work!



Barbara said...

I never knew about that cookbook...what fun! Love Roald Dahl stories too. Those "recipes" are really adorble and fun for kids. What a nice mom.

Grace said...

ribbet ribbet! (that's the noise a frog makes, in case that wasn't clear...) this is perhaps the most precious thing i've ever seen, and bonus--it'd be tasty too!

Megan@Feasting on Art said...

How cute!!! I've never heard of the cookbook. I will have to keep it in mind when I do some birthday shopping for my friends!

Hungry Dog said...

How cute! What a fun mom you are! I love Roald Dahl, glad your kids are enjoying him too.

Juliana said...

So cute!

shaz said...

Thank you everybody - they certainly were delicious too...ribbet, hiccup, burp !

Ellie said...

I have not heard of his cookbook! How cute! Can't wait for monday when kids are back to school.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe this is so cute! :D What a cute idea for kids!

pierre said...

frogs mean something to me as I am french !!!
now recipes are in english in my blog so you can brwose easily !
See you Pierre

Lisa Michelle said...

OMG. not only are those frogs adorable, but they look amazingly delicious. Apple dumplings in a 'ribbit'' form :) I'm bookmarkingt these for my future children LOL