As you all know, I love baking and spending time in the kitchen. Joseph has recently taken an interest as it is a great way for us to spend some time together.
We sat down and looked through some of Center Parcs tips and the one that stood out to us was:
Feeling really adventurous? Seek out some phyllo dough (usually found in delis, rather than supermarkets), cut it in to thin strips and arrange in ‘nests’ in a buttered muffin tin, baking for 15 mins. Then top with your chosen treats for the most realistic edible nests you’ll see over Easter
We love to be adventurous in the kitchen so this tip summed us up and gave us some great ideas!
Our first idea of making a ginger bread biscuit basket was a great idea in theory. We loved making it and enjoyed getting creative together.
|Joseph weighing out the ingredients|
|Adding the ginger|
|Giving it a good mix|
|Biscuit dough, done!|
|Time to roll it out|
|We took a pudding bowl and used it as our frame.|
We placed a disc of biscuit dough on the bottom
for the base of the basket/nest.
|Next Joseph cut strips of biscuit dough to |
build the sides
|The sides were added|
|Josephs finished basket ready to be baked|
Up until then it went well, however when it came out of the oven it wasn't as we had imagined it. As soon as the pudding we removed the basket collapsed.
So it was back to the drawing board.
Joseph came up with the idea of making one like a pie. I wasn't sure if shortcrust pastry would work after the biscuit crumbled and broke. We decided to buy some filo pastry and try that. Joseph came up with the idea of baking it until it is a "golden brown as it'll look more like a nest!"
This is how we got on second time round...
|Brushing the pudding bowl with melted|
butter to prevent sticking
|Brushing the filo pastry with melted|
butter to build the nest
|Layering up the filo for the base|
|Getting the sheets of filo ready to make|
We were delighted when we took it out of the oven!
Joseph tied a ribbon gently round to make it look more attractive and we got filling the nest!
We placed balls of crepe paper in the bottom to support the treats that were going in. We filled the nest with chocolate treats and pretty eggs.
Joseph was over the moon with the end result and couldn't wait to show it off!
|A very proud Joseph with his edible|
|The twins couldn't wait to get stuck in!|
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 April challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood Forest Center Parcs Resort.