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If you’ve been waiting all year to host Christmas in your beautiful new Hotondo home and show off that stunning new kitchen, elegant dining area, and enjoy relaxing in your living space with family and friends, we’re here to help. We’ve got some tried and true dessert recipes from some of our very own Hotondo team members that you can make ahead of time to help with your celebrations for Christmas Day!

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Shortbread

Christmas

Who doesn’t love shortbread? It’s perfect to enjoy with a cuppa as you put your feet up and relax after a long day of celebrating. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make a couple of days in advance! This recipe serves ten people approximately.

Ingredients
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup rice flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Icing sugar mixture, to dust (optional)

Method

Chocolate Ripple Cake Wreath

Christmas

A twist on an old favourite, this is another dessert you can make the day before you need to serve it, and just save the decorating for the day of your celebration! This yummy dessert serves approximately twelve people.

Ingredients
2 x packets of chocolate ripple biscuits
500g thickened cream for whipping
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Chocolate cream biscuits
Peppermint balls
Malteasers
Jaffas
Mint leaf lollies
Meringues

Method

Clootie Dumpling (Cloth Dumpling)

Christmas
This is a Scottish recipe that takes a little TLC to create, so allow some time a few days before you want to serve it to create this delicious pudding! Serves approximately twenty people.

Ingredients
500g self raising flour – for mixture
1 cup suet
1 cup sugar
500g mix of currants and sultanas (any ratio of your choosing)
25g mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Treacle for taste (however no more than ½ cup)
Milk (up to 1 cup if needed)
Preferred alcohol of choice (that goes well with fruit – sherry, whisky, Drambuie, etc)
Some extra flour
Boiling water (from the kettle)

Calico sheet – you’ll need approximately 50cm2
2 large mixing bowls
1 large stock pot
Strong rubber band
Mixing spoon

Method

Tobler-Tastic Cheesecake

Christmas
Cheesecake is always a winning dessert especially on a hot Christmas day, and this one combines some amazing flavours. It serves approximately ten people and best of all, it’s no-bake!

Ingredients
1 ½ cups chocolate ripple biscuits, crushed to crumbs
100g melted butter
500g cream cheese, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon gelatine dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water
200g milk chocolate Toblerone, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup thickened cream, softly whipped
1 punnet raspberries pureed and sieved into 2 tablepsoons, combined with 2 tablespoons icing sugar
Toblerone shavings, for decoration
Extra raspberries for decoration

Method

Note that you can substitute strawberries and it still tastes delicious!

Ausukes (Little Ears)

Christmas
Best eaten when made or day of making

Ingredients and equipment
500g plain flour
2 sachets dried yeast
2 eggs
125g butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup luke warm water
½ cup milk (if necessary)
Canola oil for frying

1 large baking bowl (china or ceramic)
1 large frying pan
Paper towel
Serving plate or bowl
Rolling pin
Knife

Method
Note: in order for the mixture to rise, please keep ingredients warm.
This reciple makes about 48.

We hope these delicious dessert recipes help with your meal prep in the lead up to Christmas Day, and that the celebrations in your new Hotondo home are beautiful memories you and your family will treasure for years to come. From everyone at Hotondo Homes, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and a happy and safe new year!

For more home design and interior inspiration ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

 

Cooking with the kids provides the perfect opportunity to interact in a fun way. Whilst you may be moulding the next Nigella or Gordon with your culinary teachings, at the very least you will be able to pass on an appreciation for food and its preparation, as well as instill good, healthy eating habits.

It can be educational too!

In addition to being loads of fun, preparing food is also a great way for kids to improve their basic level of literacy and numeracy. If they are made to follow a recipe it could help them to improve their reading, language and comprehension skills. It could also help further advance their maths ability through counting, deciphering fractions and weighing and measuring ingredients. Heck – it can even help them develop fine motor skills!

Even if you are a self proclaimed ‘terrible cook,’ here are some recipe ideas that even the greatest cooking novice can attempt with the kids.

Chocolate Rice Bubble Crackles

Serves 12

Fairy cup cakesIngredients

Cup Cake Batter
2 eggs
115g sugar
115g self-raising flour
115g butter, melted

Icing
135g icing sugar
55g butter
30g cocoa powder, sifted

Method

Preparation: 30 minutes › Cook: 10 minutes › Ready: 40 minutes

  1. Cup Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 180 degrees°C and prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking cases.
  2. Using a beater, whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the flour and the melted butter, gently folding the mixture together.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly into the paper cases.
  5. Bake the cakes for 10-15 minutes, until golden on top and a skewer inserted carefully into one of the buns comes out clean. Allow to cool for ten minutes on a wire rack before removing from tin. Once the buns are cool, ice them liberally and smooth with a knife.
  6. Icing: Using a beater, whip together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder.

Chocolate Cornflake Crackles

Serves 12

Choc Corn flake cracklesIngredients

Method

Preparation time: 10 minutes › Cooking time: 5 minutes

  1. Place 12 patty cups in a cup cake tin.
  2. Put the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a heavy based saucepan over low heat until melted; stir until smooth.
  3. Fold in the corn flakes or rice bubbles until evenly mixed then divide the mixture between the patty cups. Chill in the refrigerator until set.

Chocolate Rice Bubble Crackles

Serves 20

Chocolate crackles

Ingredients

Method

Preparation time: 15 minutes

  1. Mix dry ingredients together. Melt copha over a low heat until melted – do not boil. Mix melted copha and dry ingredients well. Spoon into paper patty cases and set in refrigerator.

Recipes and images courtesy of All Recipes Australia. For more simple recipe ideas to try with the kids, visit their website: allrecipes.com.au

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