Friday, 26 April 2013

No Bake Cakes

Since I have a very little one (11 months) that's all I've focused on so far, so I thought it was time to include something for slightly older children! Baking and being creative in the kitchen is something children love to do, even toddlers love to help make things and will be on stand by for mixing/ licking the mixture bowl duty! As a child I really fondly remember baking at my Nan's house (and making paper dolls - but that's for another day!) and am really looking forward to doing lots of creative activities with Small when she is a little older.
It's often difficult to keep children interested in something for too long but sweet foods are often relatively easy to make and are usually the most popular among younger children. There are endless recipes to be found online, for example on the Channel 4 food webpage that can be easily 'veganised' if you don't already have your own. There are loads of options and I know plenty of children love to make chocolate rice krispy cakes but wanted to come up with something a little more 'fancy'. Chocolate refrigerator cake is something I thought I would give a go, and gives children a great chance for some sensory/ messy play depending on how you view it!

For the basic recipe you will need;
chocolate (vegan chocolate buttons melt very easily)
digestive biscuits
vegan margarine
golden syrup

The first step is to bash the biscuits into crumbs using a rolling pin (or even using your bare hands, which is more fun). Then, after melting the margarine and chocolate (it’s better if the adult takes care of that part), you mix it all together with the biscuit crumbs and raisins.
Roll the mixture into a sausage shape (also fun), wrap it in cling film and leave it in the fridge for a bit more than an hour. When you take it out, it should have hardened and will be ready to cut into slices. You could also spread it about an inch thick in a high sided dish or cake tin so your finished slices resemble brownie slices.
Whilst you are waiting for the 'cake' to harden why not try a fun craft activity or some reading? For the impatient, Hotpoint fridge freezers can help the mixture to solidify more quickly, so that the time between creation and scoffing it down isn’t too long.
As soon as your refrigerator cake has hardened, it is ready to be eaten! You could try lots of variations on this idea - one of my favorites is using glace cherries in the place of raisins, you could even try adding vegan marshmallows for an 'almost' rocky road! Yum. This also works amazingly well with bourbon biscuits (you all know I can't stay away from them!).

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