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.
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.
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