Daily Archives: December 23, 2010

Deck the halls with slices of fragrant orange!

Margot & Maddie
Margot and Maddie have been busy this morning creating a Christmas garland with a difference! Simply slice an orange quite thinly, place the slices on a baking tray an rub ground cinnamon into them – this will make them smell amazing. Bake them at 225˚f for 2 hours. When they’ve cooled thread them onto ribbon, rope or fishing line and hang them on your tree or as garlands around the house.

Have you tried making the Gingerbread decorations that we told you about last week? Margot, Maddie and Clemmie’s look lovely on their tree!

Gingerbread decorations

50g caster sugar
75g softened butter
50g golden syrup
2 free range egg yolks
250g plain fl our. tsp. bicarbonate of soda
tsp. ground ginger and ground cinnamon

Preheat oven-gas mark4 (160C)

Cream together butter and sugar then add the egg yolks, bicarbonate of soda and golden syrup. Mix in flour, ginger and cinnamon. Divide mixture in half and knead into 2 balls of dough. Chill for 30 mins. Roll out each ball to just under 1cm thick. Cut into festive shapes and make a small hole with a chopstick (not too near the edge) for the ribbon to go through. Place each shape on a greased baking tray and bake for 10 mins or until golden brown. Decorate your shapes with fondant icing and hang on the tree – or wrap glamorously for gifting!

The Tree