Claudi and Fin's Top 3 Festive Recipes for Kids

Claudi and Fin's Top 3 Festive Recipes for Kids
The festive season is upon us and we’re getting in the mood with some delicious, healthier recipe ideas from yummy mummies Meriel and Lucy from Claudi & Fin.

Here're their top 3 festive recipes to cook with kids this Christmas!

Gingerbread Tree Biscuits

We've been making gingerbread for centuries in Britain but it was Queen Elizabeth I who started the fashion for making gingerbread into little men. Legend has it, she used to flatter visiting V.I.Ps by getting her cooks to make gingerbread look-a-likes of them. The craze caught on and the rest is history!

These gingerbread biscuits are brilliant to make with the kids - not only are they simple and completely delicious but they also look a treat on the Christmas Tree!

GingerBread Biscuits Recipe
gingerbread men biscuits

350g of plain flour (extra for rolling out)
135g of unsalted butter
180g of soft brown sugar
3-4 tbsp of golden syrup
1 free range egg
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
To decorate:
Silver balls

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda) and pour into a food processor. Blend with the butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
Beat the egg and syrup together then add it to then mixture. Tip the dough out then knead for a few minutes before you wrap in film and pop in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.

Whilst you line two baking trays with greaseproof paper, preheat the oven (180c)
Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out to about half a centimetre thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out a variety of shapes - remember to make a small hole if you want to hang them on the tree!
Bake until golden (usually around 15 mins). Remove from oven and leave to cool. Go crazy with the decorations!

Strawberry Greek style Frozen Yoghurt

If you are looking for a healthier dessert alternative to give your family this Christmas, look no further! Here's our very own delicious Strawberry frozen yoghurt recipe packed with creamy Greek style yoghurt, whole milk and loads of ripe, juicy strawberries. A 100ml serving weighs in at around 100 calories - almost a third of the calories you find in ice cream, making it a totally guilt free dessert!
strawberry froyo

200g of Ripe Strawberries
550ml yoghurt- full fat Greek style
140ml whole milk
100g sugar
6-8m lemon juice

Start by chopping a handful of Strawberries - you'll use these slices later to add colour and texture to your frozen yoghurt.
Blend the rest of the Strawberries using a hand blender until you have a puree.
Add the sugar to the puree and gently heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Set to one side to cool. Mix the yoghurt and milk together and (once cooled) add the strawberries.
Once your mixture is completely stirred, add your Strawberry chunks and lemon juice. Top Tip - use slightly more lemon juice than you think - when things are frozen the flavours are not as strong, so you need this acidity to bring out the flavour of the Strawberries.
At this stage, you can either pop the mixture into an ice cream maker or just transfer it straight into a container and freeze. If you plan on eating this on the same day, just freeze it until it has a scoop-able consistency. If you plan on eating it another day altogether, make sure you take the container out in plenty of time to allow it to soften.

Ta Da! Delicious, healthy, strawberry froyo.

If you feel you’ve had quite enough of cooking thank-you-very-much, all is not lost. You can pick up a box of our delicious lollies instead. They’re lower in sugar than all the other lollies in big stores, with the same calories as an apple - what’s not to love?!

Strawberry Santas

s We love making these cute little strawberry Santas at Christmas, they’re so easy to make and are a great alternative to all the sweets. They’re also great to fun to make with the kids, although they don’t always turn out quite as pretty as the ones we do ourselves!
strawberry santas

350g fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
1 can of full fat, unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil, gently melted
1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
¼ cup of pure maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Ready in: 20min
Slice the flat end of each strawberry so they can stand up on a plate. Slice the tip off each strawberry to make the 'hat'; set aside.
Whisk together well. Chill well, and then either put in a whipped cream dispenser or gently whip by hand.
Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry base for the 'face' and 'beard'. Set the 'hat' atop the 'face'. Add a dot of whipped cream, using a toothpick, on top of the 'hat' for the 'pom-pom' and 2 dots on the strawberry base for 'buttons'. Place 2 sprinkles on the 'face' for 'eyes'.

Original Recipe can be found on the Claudi and Fin website

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