Elsa’s Plait

Elsa's Plait

I love savoury dishes much more than sweets, so I always make sure to have a few savoury options at parties as I know kids will need something more than sugary treats.  I made this bread plait for Victoria’s Frozen party, to simulate Elsa’s long plait.  It’s a soft bread filled with ham and mozzarella.  For the bread, I used a traditional Sicilian recipe that is often used to make savoury dishes like this.  I love it as it is easy to make and very forgiving and it tastes delicious as it is just slightly sweet.  I find that it goes very well with any filling (check out my Ravazzate recipe for a Bolognese-like filling) and ham and cheese is a classic of Italian cuisine.  It turned out delicious!  Try it and let me know!  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

The first time I had Cucumber Sandwiches, they were served as part of a high tea I attended with friends.  To me, the idea of having savoury treats along with tea sounded quite weird.  You see, Italians only have sweets with tea (mainly cookies or pastries), so the thought of eating a cucumber sandwich (of all things!) along with a cup of tea had never crossed my mind.  But as you know, I am happy to try anything (well, almost!) and I was blown away.  The freshness and slight crunch of the cucumber, the softness of the bread and the creaminess of the butter are a delight to the palate and they do indeed go really well with tea!  I made these for my daughter’s Frozen birthday party.  If you have seen the movie, you will know why… but for the rest of you… there’s a duet in the movie that goes like this: “[Hans:] I mean it’s crazy… [Anna:] What? [Hans:] We finish each other’s- [Anna:] Sandwiches! [Hans:] That’s what I was gonna say!” The whole song is hilarious and my girls love it.  So sandwiches could not be skipped.  I filled some with tuna, ceam cheese and olives and others with ham and cheese and then I made these cucumber sandwiches.  They are refreshing, simple and delicious!  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Rock Candy Lollipops

Rock Candy Lollipops

I made these lollipops for Victoria’s Frozen party.  I wanted to make some candy that resembled ice and these seemed like a cute idea.  I actually loved the way they turned out.  They really looked like ice and they were rough and sparkly.  Just beautiful.  Rock Candy is very easy to make, but it requires time as the sugar has to naturally crystallize.  So allow yourself about a week, as I found that some of them were ready after 3 or 4 days, but others required a little extra time.  This is also a nice project to do together with your kids as it shows them how sugar crystallizes and it also involves them in the process.  Have fun! Continue reading

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Snow Cupcakes

Snow Cupcakes

I made these Snow Cupcakes for my daughter’s Frozen birthday party.  She loves cupcakes, so they are always on her party menus… This time, I wanted to make them a little different.  You see, I love making cupcakes because I think they look really beautiful and you can play around with so many flavour and colour combinations so you never get bored!  I must admit though that I am not a huge buttercream fan.  It’s ok, but I find it a bit heavy, so I can never eat more than one mini cupcake.  Besides, a simple vanilla buttercream would not look as white as snow.  So, how to fix this?  I gave these cupcakes an “Italian twist”.  We often use sweetened whipped cream to decorate our cakes… and it worked beautifully.  It was so white, light and fluffy that it really looked like snow on brown soil.  I then made some snowflakes decorations with Royal Icing to add to the top and they looked really cute!  So, what’s your favourite cupcake topping? Continue reading

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Troll Cookies

Troll Cookies

Today’s post is about turning a failure into a success story. I had seen some beautiful cookies on Pinterest that looked just like snowballs.  They were covered in icing sugar, which gave the illusion of fresh snow.  So, I had no doubt that I wanted to make them for my daughter’s Frozen party and they ended up on the menu.  The day I baked them, I followed the instructions to the t (or so I think!), but when I baked them, they did not retain their round shape.  They didn’t go completely flat, but surely they did not look like snowballs.  I also put a batch in the freezer for a bit in the hope that it would help them retain their shape… but it did not work.  I was so disappointed.  And I had to think fast.  I had about 30 cookies (that tasted delicious) and I was not going to scratch them off the menu!  And then it hit me.  They looked more like rocks!  So, I transformed them into rocks/trolls.  If you have seen Frozen, you will know that Kristoff’s adoptive family is made up of trolls, that look like… rocks.  There you go… saved!  So, instead of rolling the cookies in just icing sugar, I mixed in some cocoa powder to make them greyish/brownish and then I topped them with a sprinkle of green granulated sugar, which is supposed to be the moss.  Don’t they look cute??  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Sweet Popcorn Snowballs

Sweet Popcorn Snowballs

I made these Sweet Popcorn Snowballs as part of the menu for my daughter’s 7th birthday party.  As the theme was Frozen, I thought having edible snowballs would be a fun idea.  These are easy to make and look quite nice.  You can make them for a winter themed buffet or save the recipe for Christmas!  They also make a cute edible gift idea if wrapped nicely.  I like the fact that even though they are sweet as they are made with marshmallow and white chocolate, they are not overly sugary as there is also a good amount of salt that balances out the sweetness.  In one word?  Yum!  I also added some Jaffa chocolates (orange chocolates) to give it a little extra flavour and a touch of colour!  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Frozen Cake

Frozen Cake

Like all little girls her age, Victoria has a fascination with princess stories and the latest Disney movie is no exception.  She fell in love with Frozen (and so did her little sister)… movie, songs, costumes… everything.  She knows parts of it by heart, I am not kidding!  So for her 7th birthday party, she obviously chose Frozen as a theme, cake included.  My first idea was to make her a “flat” fondant decorated cake, like my Peppa Pig Cake, but she insisted that she wanted “Elsa” and she wanted her standing!  I usually do not make human fondant figurines, as they are quite hard to make and require a lot of time.  You see, organizing a theme party requires a lot of work and the cake, though it is definitely the most important part of the food spread, is only one of the many items that have to be prepared… by me.  So, a flat decorated cake is always my preferred option: easy and quick to make and always pretty.  But I did not have the heart to tell Victoria no… so I gave in and made her this Frozen cake.  To save some time, I made the figurines a week in advance, so I did not let the kids eat them as they were a bit hard… but the final cake was a success and not as hard to make as I had anticipated.  My husband had the brilliant idea of making moulds to create the sugar castle and that was a huge help.  Read on to find out how to make this cake and stay tuned for all the other Frozen party recipes that I will post in the next few days! Continue reading

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Olaf Yogurt Cake

Olaf Yogurt Cake

Here goes the first of the 2 Frozen themed cakes I made for Victoria’s 7th birthday.  She took this one to school to celebrate with her friends.  The base is a simple eggless yogurt cake: quick and delicious!  I love how it turned out.  It looked impressive (people were asking where we had bought it from!) and it was very easy to make!  I decorated it with a figure of Olaf made with fondant on icy-ing sugar!  Curious to find out how I made it?  Keep reading… and enjoy! Continue reading

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