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Christmas Cooking (Usborne Activities) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2001
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An enticing and colourful Christmassy cover for this large format young cook's paperback, which opens to 32 high quality shiny pages.
Laid out in the popular 2-page spread format, a contents list precedes the 14 recipes, then the 2 pages of wrapping ideas, with 'Tags and Ribbons' on the very last.
Each recipe is clearly laid out with the title, the quantity, the list of ingredients, and a numbered method, along with an oven temperature (if required).
Helpful and child-friendly tips are littered throughout, e.g.:-
'The cake should be springy when you press it.'
'Use a wooden spoon.'
The superb, full-colour illustrations are further enhanced by step-by-step pictures and the text is clear and easy-to-follow, with the method being in a larger size of font.
Example of text- from 'Shining Star Biscuits':
1. Using a wooden spoon, mix the sugar and butter really well, getting rid of any lumps in the mixture.
2. Break the egg into a separate bowl. Beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and the white are mixed together.
3. Mix half of the beaten egg into the mixture in the bowl, a little at a time. You don't need the other half.
4. Sift the flour, cornflour and mixed spice through a sieve. Mix everything together really well with a wooden spoon.
5. Squeeze the mixture with your hands until a firm dough is formed. Make the dough into a large ball.
6. Sprinkle a clean work surface with a little flour......
....then the fun, and 'the mess' (depending on age) really begins!
The book is worth owning for the shining stars recipe alone - although those attempting this should be aware that the dough is a bugger to roll out! Still, it's well worth the effort, as the resulting biscuits look like they have centres of stained glass (word of warning: don't use them as decorations on the tree in a warm room or a hot climate, as the centres may melt!)
The coconut mice recipe is brilliant for small children, and tastes surprisingly good - when the children finally lost interest, we adults discovered that you can easily use the remaining mix to make coconut hedgehogs (just use more of the flaked almonds to make the prickles!)