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Home Made Playdogh

My Playdogh recipe as promised. It provided hours of fun (read peace;-b) and on Saturday, when we needed a screwdriver for the weird screws on our patio roof, I used a bit of the home-made clay to make an imprint that I took to the shop, in order to get the right screwdriver, how’s that for a versatile material:-)

1 cup (250 ml) plain flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 cup water with food colouring in

1 teaspoon vanilla (to make it smell nice, can be omitted)

Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat until it comes together and starts to form a ball. Allow to cool, then knead until smooth and PLAY!

I find the best way to get the pans clean, is to soak them in water for half an hour or longer. After that the playdogh can be rinsed right off.

Update: I meant to add that here in Denmark, you CAN get cream of tartar… it’s called Vinsyre. I never thought you could and imported a tub from England now and then. But then the rest of you are probably smarter than me and knew all along…

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Alphabet Cookies

My son is in year one and has a hard time remembering what the different letters look like. In attampt to help him with this, we made alphabet cookies last weekend. He loved it! I would say a letter, he then had to remember what it looked like and shape it out of cookie dough. While he shaped it, we came up with as many words, as we could, that started with that letter. He was so proud to serve up his very own alphabet:-)

It’s best to do these in a dough that does not rise too much. Something like a shortbread.

(Random info, -in Danish we have three extra letters, they are Æ, Ø and Å -Just in case you were wondering what that weird letter in the photo was.)

Best Ever Summer Desert

Ok, so this is no design post, but baking is a sort of craft, right? In any case I just had to share this recipe / idea for a summer desert, which in our family was named the Best Ever Summer Desert because… well because that’s what we think it is!

My friend and neighbor gave me the idea of combining a meringue base with vanilla ice cream and fresh (preferably freshly picked) strawberries.

The recipe I use for the meringue is as follows:

(serves 4-5)

3 large fresh egg whites

175 g caster sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 150C or 300F

Place the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and start whisking. When the bowl can be turned up-side down (over one of your kids’ heads muahaha) withOUT the mixture falling out, you start adding the sugar a little bit at a time, whilst continuing to whisk. The mixture should be forming soft peaks, don’t over whisk or it might collapse.

Then spoon the mixture onto a sheet of baking parchment in a circle and place little “blobs around the edge.

Bake in the middle of the oven for one hour. We like ours a bit chewey in the centre, if you do, take it out now. (If you like it dry, leave it in the oven, but turn the oven off and take the meringue out once the oven has cooled.)

Now, just place about half a litre of sliced or scooped ice cream on top (we get the cheap kind that you slice) and then half a punnet of strawberries and scatter them on top. You may want to grate some dark chocolate over the whole thing too.

Now all that’s left, is to dig in and enjoy the taste of Summer! We find that the best thing about this desert, is that it can’t really be saved, so you just have to finish it all!

My Fondant Recipe and a Little Boy’s Blue Elephant

It was my baby’s first birthday today, which I guess in reality means he is no longer my “baby” (sigh).

Anyway, I made him this cake with two of his favourite things on: his dummy and his blue elephant (without which he will not go to sleep.)

Here in Danmark, you can’t buy ready to roll icing or fondant and because I’ve had to, I’ve found out that it is very simple to make. I’ve been asked for the recipe here many times, so I thought I’d post it on here.

All I do is mix:

  • one 500g pack icing sugar (flormelis:-b),
  • One tub pasteurised egg white (1,5 whites) and
  • 3 tablespoons liquid glycose (this can be bought in the pharmacy or cheaper and in the form of a more liquid syrup from Brugsen)

I put everything in my food proccessor (mainly because I don’t have a blender), but be a bit cautious if your food proccessor is cheap and flimsy. My first one was and this broke it! Alternatively just mix it with your hands. You’ll need to knead it by hand anyway.

When you’ve done this, you can colour it using food colouring and it’ll now be just like plastacine, so have fun!