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Christmas treats to make with your children

Christmas is an exciting time of year, no matter what your age is. It can however, also be an expensive time, with the average UK family spending around £800*.

Yummy flapjack bites

The pressure to create the perfect Christmas for their children and family leads some parents to overspend on gifts and decorations, but also on food and drink. Nearly 30% of the average Christmas budget is spent on food and drink, which equates to around £223. To help relieve your food budget we’ve found some Christmas treats that you can make at home with your children, instead of spending money on shop bought snacks. Hopefully, it’ll also entertain the kids on those grey and wet December afternoons.

Apple Pie Flapjacks

Original recipe from Food Network

In the run up to Christmas, children can become hyper excited. Help them to replace some of that energy with this scrummy flapjack. By packaging them in a box that the children have decorated, they also double up as great gifts – perhaps for grandparents or even for teachers as an end of term thank you present.

What you’ll need:

• 365g Bramley cooking apples, quartered and cored

• 75g Golden syrup

• 40g chopped walnuts

• 225g unsalted butter

• 110g light muscovado cane sugar

• 3 rounded tsp ground cinnamon

• Pinch salt

• 350g Organic oats

• Icing sugar, to dust

• Ground cinnamon, to dust

• You will also need a 20cm (8”) shallow square loose-bottomed tin, greased and lined with parchment paper

How to make them:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°, 350°F, Gas 4.

2. Cream the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a large saucepan and heat gently.

3. Once the mixture has melted, take off the heat, add a pinch of salt and mix in the oats.

4. Transfer into a bowl and leave to cool. Once cooled, mix in the walnuts, cinnamon and grate over the apple (include the skin).

5. Mix everything well, then transfer into a tin for baking. Level the mixture and smooth with a knife, pressing firmly.

6. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45-50 minutes, until golden.

7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Whilst still warm, mark into 10 pieces.

8. Once cool, remove from the tins and cut into squares using your markings. Place on a cooling rack.

9. Lightly dust with the icing sugar and cinnamon.

Christmas pudding Rice Krispie cakes

Original recipe from BBC Good Food

These cute Rice Krispie cakes make a delicious Christmas treat. They’re easy to make but look great topped with chocolate and festive holly icing.

What you’ll need:

• 50g butter

• 100g milk chocolate, broken into pieces

• 30g raisin, chopped

• 50g Rice Krispies

• 30g mini marshmallow

• 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

• 80g white chocolate

• ready-made icing holly leaves

How to make them:

1. Add together the chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallows and butter in a small saucepan.

2. Place on a medium to low heat and stir until the marshmallows are just beginning to melt, but the chocolate and butter have fully melted.

3. Pour the melted mixture into a bowl and mix in the Rice Krispies and raisins. Stir well until coated.

4. Line an egg cup with cling film. Spoon about a tablespoon of the mixture into the egg cup and press firmly. Remove the mixture from the egg cup, peel off and discard the cling film and then add the mixture into a cake case, flat-side down. Repeat until you have used all the mixture and then chill until firm.

5. Whilst chilling, melt the white chocolate in a bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave. Once the puddings have cooled, drizzle the chocolate over the top of each pudding and top with icing holly leaves.

Watermelon Christmas Trees

Original recipe from One Handed Cooks

If you’re concerned that your children are eating too much sugar over the festive season, you can encourage them to eat something healthier with these beautiful and quick and easy to make watermelon Christmas trees.

What you’ll need:

• 1/4 of whole seedless watermelon

• 1/3 cup favourite yoghurt

How to make them:

1. Cut the watermelon into slices, and then cut each slice in half.

2. To make the base of the Christmas tree, slice the watermelon rind into thirds and then trim off the pieces from either side so you’re left with one “tree trunk” in the middle.

3. Place your Christmas trees on a lined tray that will fit in the freezer.

4. Add yoghurt to a piping bag and decorate your trees. If you don’t have a piping bag, simply fill a plastic bag with yoghurt and cut a very small piece from the corner.

5. Place tray in the freezer and allow the yogurt to freeze for one-two hours.

These homemade Christmas treats should keep you and the kids entertained over the festive period. Making food and treats at home can also be a great way to teach your children the value of money. Show them how much you saved by creating these delicious snacks at home, rather than buying them in the shops.

 

*Sources: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/12038620/Average-British-family-to-spend-800-on-Christmas.html

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