Black Forrest Cookie Cake Reicpe

Black Forrest Cookie Cake

Another recipe from Be A Fun Mum contributor, the Wonderful Amanda from Food Before 5. (If you haven't checked out her book, you should! It's so mum friendly!)  This is the ultimate chocolate ripple cake but with a BIG difference – cherries and jam! Whack it all together and you have an absolutely delicious dessert. It doesn’t need to be perfectly assembled as it will all be hidden under the mountain of cream. You can also make a … [Read more...]

2 Ingredient Scones

2 ingredient scones

This is another recipe post from Be A Fun Mum contributor, the Wonderful Amanda from Food Before 5. I made the scones myself and they were a huge success with the kids. Here they are! 2 INGREDIENT SCONES I am very serious when I say that “this recipe really works!” I shared it on my ‘Food before 5’ page a little while back & ended up having women from all over the world baking them & sending me photos.   It is a recipe … [Read more...]

Cookie Dough Recipe (for Ice Cream!)

Edible Cookie Dough Recipe for Ice Cream

I'm not a huge ice cream fan. If I'm eating dessert, I like a proper dessert with ice cream as an accompaniment. My husband is different.  A bowl of ice cream makes him very, very, very (VERY) happy.  He's easy to please. And the kids love ice cream too. I have been playing with an cookie dough recipe for ice cream so we could have a ice cream night at home for a treat. And this is a rare treat because it's horribly unhealthy! But … [Read more...]

Funny Face Biscuits

Basic Biscuit Recipe - great for decorating funny faces

Post by Be A Fun Mum contributor, Amanda from Food Before 5 This is one of my favourite recipes that my children and I have fun cooking & decorating together. If I want the faces to look perfect, I’ll do them myself but most of the fun comes in seeing what the kids themselves create. They also make a great (& inexpensive) party favour for little ones, a fun birthday party activity (have the biscuits made and have kids decorate them … [Read more...]

(Edible) Crystallised Pansies: for cupcake decorating

Crystallised Pansies

Crystallised Pansies for Cupcake Decorating, Tea Parties & Connecting Kids with the Garden Did you know that pansies are edible!? When I told my children they weren’t that excited by the prospect of my adding pansies to the family salad, until Grandma told them that pansies could be used for cake decorating. That got their attention, and mine. We love a little tea party. I’ve always assumed that flowers used in cake decorating … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Cream Cheese Frosting

Cheesecake Cream Cheese Frosting

Cheesecake Cream Cheese Cupcake Frosting Are you a cheesecake fan too? I LOVE cheesecake, so I came up with this yummy frosting recipe for cupcake decorating.  Ingredients 125 grams of room temperature non-salted butter 200 grams cream cheese (lite is fine) 1 cup icing sugar (Low GI version tastes fantastic & you can use less) 1 tsp vanilla essence ¼ tsp zest of lemon (not necessary, but adds extra … [Read more...]

Blueberry & Coconut Muffins

Blueberry & Coconut Muffins

This is a variation on the coconut bread I often make.  Great for an afternoon treat or I often make it in mini size for the lunch box. Ingredients 1 Cup SR Flour 1 Cup Desiccated Coconut 1/2 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Milk 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries Method 1. Gently mix all ingredients until just combined with a large spoon. 2. Spoon into a lined muffin tray.  Makes approximately 12 regular sized muffins. 3. Cook for … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Scrolls Recipe (4 Main Ingredients)

Cinnamon Scrolls Recipe - Thermomix

On a cool afternoon, I sometimes make a batch of cinnamon scrolls for the kids after school.  They can be ready in under 20 minutes! The recipe I use is adapted from the Thermomix Forum. I make it  with no icing (because it's sweet enough) and converted to a non-thermomix method too.  (If you want to read my review about the Thermomix, it's here). Dough 300 g Self Raising Flour (2 1/3 cups) 90 g Butter, cut into chunks … [Read more...]

Apricot & Choc Chip Muesli Slice

Apricot & Choc Chip Muesli Slice Recipe

This is a muesli slice I sometimes make for the children's lunch box. It can be frozen and made ahead of time. Ingredients 125g Butter ½ Cup (100g) firmly packed brown sugar 1 Tablespoon honey 2¼ Cups (200g) rolled oats ¼ Cup (40g) sunflower seeds (if kids aren't keen on seeds, replace this amount with desiccated coconut) ¼ Cup (20g) desiccated coconut ½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ Cup (75g) dried apricots - chopped (can use … [Read more...]

Camping Food: Cooking Damper in a Camp Oven

Damper Recipe - in a camp oven

Damper cooked on an open fire isn't food. It's an experience! It's Aussie, outdoorish and awesome. I've done this recipe at home in my normal oven (find the process here: Damper Recipe).  The last time we camped, I cooked it on an open fire in a camp oven and it tasted amazing! Ingredients 3 Cups Self-Raising Flour Pinch Salt 5 Level Teaspoons Butter  1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water Preparing This is how I pack damper for … [Read more...]

Ginger Snowballs

Apricot & Ginger Balls

These ginger snowballs are not the healthiest option (I often make alternatives, like apricot balls or date & oat balls).  However, they are great for parties, a fun treat and I do put them in my kids lunch box sometimes (the children love it when I do.  They are simple to make and freeze well too. Recipe Card   Lunch Box Idea  Flat bread (great served with bean dip, tomato sauce, tzatziki, … [Read more...]

Mini Nutella Brownie Bites: 3 Ingredients

Nutella cupcakes - 3 ingredients

These are rich to eat and quick to make.  The texture is somewhere between a cupcake and a brownie.   I make these mini brownie/cupcake bites for an afternoon treat for the kids sometimes.  I do recommend doing them in a mini cupcacke/muffin size rather than regular size because they are rich and delicious. Great for parties and that sort of thing too.   You only need 3 ingredients. Icing White  Chocolate … [Read more...]

Coconut Bread Recipe (only 4 ingredients)

lunch box ideas

I've been making this coconut bread recipe since I was a child and now I make it with  my own kids.  Ingredients 1 Cup SR Flour 1 Cup Desiccated Coconut 1/2 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Milk Method 1. Gently combine all ingredients with  a large spoon. 2. Spoon into a well greased or lined loaf tin. 3. Cook for about 35-40 min in 170°C (325°F) oven. Delicious served warm with butter. Tip: you can make this … [Read more...]

Damper Recipe

Damper Recipe

I made damper for the kids for a treat one afternoon. Easy, and delicious, especially when warm. Ingredients 3 Cups Self-Raising Flour Pinch Salt 80 Grams Butter  1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water Step 1 Preheat oven to 180ºC.  Add butter, flour and salt to a bowl and rubbed together with finger tips until combined.  It will look like fine bread crumbs.  Make a well in the centre for the liquid. Step 2 Add water … [Read more...]