Treats

More desserts for kids

Hello everyone, just wanted to share some new ideas on great desserts.

My mother always cooks the most fabulous desserts for my kids’ birthday. I have twins: a boy and a girl, so my mother has to prepare something extra special for the both of them in the same day, which is a pleasure – she says. Personally I would never be capable of so much creativity, as she finds a new cake to bake every year, though she also repeats some of my kids’ favorite recipes, such as cake pops, which they adore beyond words, especially if topped with coconut flakes.

void 3Not all kids have similar tastes, but I’d like to give you one example of what my mom cooks for my kids at times and that they particularly like. The cranberry oat bars is a dessert that needs only few ingredients, it is tasty and it reminds me of my childhood, because my mom used to bake them for me as well. For these you need, of course, cranberries, finely grated lemon zest (approximately 2 teaspoons), 2 cups rolled oats,  orange marmalade, ½ cup of sugar, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup light brown sugar, baking powder, salt and 10 tablespoons unsalted butter.

void 4Mix the cranberries, sugar, marmalade and zest in a pan, add 2 tablespoons water and bring to a boil, whisking constantly while crushing the berries. You can add fresh or frozen berries, but I prefer them fresh. You cook the mixture for a maximum of 8 to 10 minutes, while stirring continuously so that it doesn’t scorch. Once finished, put it in another recipient and let it cool, then put it in the fridge for minimum 2 hours.

In the meantime, in another bowl, mix together flour, the rolled oats, brown sugar, butter (in small pieces) and lemon until they are perfectly blended. In a pan, spread half of the oats mixture. Spread the cranberries mixture evenly on its surface and top it with the other half of the oats composition.

To bake it, you need a baking pan, lined with baking foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Preheat the oven before inserting the pan at 350 degrees and then let it bake for about 30 minutes, until the edges acquire a light brown nuance. Take it out and wait for it to cool completely. Then cut it in small pieces and serve it.

As I said, this one is an old recipe that she made for me when I was a kid as well, though I loved more the unhealthy ice cream I bought on the street, a thing with which she disagreed and she scolded me for each and every time. Luckily, my kids have different tastes. I hope yours will enjoy it as much as they do!

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Treats

A nice treat for your kids

Hello, dears! Remember how, when you were little, you always loved the candy and treats your grandma used to prepare just for you? Well, as I told you before, I like to welcome my grandchildren with homemade goodies for the joy of their young little hearts. I usually try confectionery that is familiar to them and that has a cool, inviting look, but lately I have been thinking about my own childhood and the things I loved to treat myself to back then. It’s strange how the simple things can hold such a grip on someone’s memories, isn’t it?

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I really loved cotton candy when I was small, and I remember my own grandparents always showing up on our doorstep with huge, fluffy, white or pink cocoons on a stick when it was time to celebrate something or someone. Now, my grandchildren must have eaten cotton candy at some point, because when I first told them I had bought a cotton candy machine, they weren’t all that surprised. But once they came to my house and I showed them how it works, they are just floored with the machinery and the delicious result.

 

I’m pretty excited myself since this is just so easy to use. All you have to do is assemble the machine, which is extremely simple, for it doesn’t have many parts, and then off you go buying sugar or hard candy in whichever flavor you want. You can even try different combinations of flavors. After you’ve heated the machine – by letting it run for about five minutes – you turn it off, and insert the candy in the middle. Turn it on again and start spinning the stick or tubes as soon as you see the little strings of cotton appearing. You also have to move the stick around the bowl as you spin it, in order to make sure you get all of the cotton. I can usually tell from the sound when the candy is about to run out.

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What’s really great about it is that you can stick to small individual portions or you can make one big serving. Also, I have a lot of fun mixing different colored layers or using the cotton candy for more complex desserts. If you’ve never had the chance to try it before, it goes wonderfully with ice cream and topping, and the kids really love it.

 

It is very simple to clean using a damp cloth or even by washing the parts, and because it has such a small and delicate construction, you can store it easily. I am very happy I came up with the idea of buying this thing, and I’m looking forward to trying out the next fun combination when my grandkids come by next time. Of course, you could also try making cotton candy without a machine by using these tips.

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