School is finished, the tree is up and most of the craft activities are sorted and put away but there is still barely a clear surface to be found round the house - we're having too much fun making these to care. The photos are close up for a reason.
We made Rolo pretzel treats and truffles today, there are various recipes for the pretzels round the web but we made a few alterations. We toasted the pecans first and we made some with peanuts instead of pecans. Also, for our nut allergic friends we made some by sandwiching the Rolo with pretzels and had no nuts.
The basic how to: Lay small pretzels out on baking sheets (lining with parchment makes it easy to slide off hot pans later), place a Rolo on top of each pretzel and pop them in a 200c (400f I think) oven for 3 - 4 mins.
Take them out of the oven and top with nuts or another pretzel - the peanut version tasted like Snickers!
For younger children sliding the baking parchment off the pan will help eliminate burn danger while topping the melted treats.
Cool in the fridge for 15 - 20 mins, then pop them in a bag and tie it with a ribbon.
They are quick, yummy and easy for the children to make - my favourite kind of recipe.
These truffles are simple too, but the mixture needs to cool in the fridge for at least 4 hours before shaping them - ours came out almost round. Tip, If making truffles use only good quality chocolate.
Notice Gracie's not wearing one of these aprons, Grandma sent her this pink gingham apron which she loves!
We got this truffle recipe from this fantastic book. It's well written for children and easy to follow. Tristan managed the whole process with no help (I do let him use the stove already - he's 9.)
We are having a nice quiet Christmas this year - not visiting my family in California (never very quiet) because we are moving house just after Christmas. Our tree even has to be taken down a bit early so we can pack up. Won't be the most relaxing New Year - wish us luck.
Sorry family, we'll miss you.