Things have been slow (non existent) on the blog for many weeks now. I’ve been doing some creative writing and I’ve gotten stuck in to muddles and puddles with it all. Loads of ideas and loads of half written stories and poetry. I’m sure there’s something good in there but I just haven’t managed to root it out yet.
So, as an interlude, I bring you this. Easy party treats. If you’re not a whizz in the kitchen but would like to bring something homemade to a party then these are two very easy options.
1. Iced Slices
You will need:
One box of ready rolled puff pastry
Open out the pastry and cut it into slices of approximately 2″x 3″ or use a pastry cutter. (Second time doing this I used a small scalloped edge cutter to make bitesized versions. Fancy schmancy!)
Place on a baking tray and in to a 180c preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Until they look like this.
Place on a wire rack to cool. They cool really quickly.
While they are cooling pull them apart, pulling the top from the bottom like so. Eat any ones that might go wrong.
When fully cooled spread some of your fillings on the base of each bottom section. First time out I chose raspberry jam and custard on half and strawberry jam and cream on the rest. Don’t be tempted to overfill. It’ll all just squish out the side when you try to eat them. Overfill one of them and eat it. You deserve it. Lick your fingers, wash your hands and get on with the next bit.
Cover with the top section.
Mix up your icing sugar for the top of the treat. Add some food colouring if you’re feeling fancy. If you’re making the coffee icing then mix your coffee with water first and then add it gradually to the icing sugar. Do taste it to make sure it’s not too strong.
The icing should be pretty thick so you can drop a blob of it on the top and then let it decide where it wants to go.
Tip: If you are choosing different fillings then colour code the icing on top. The custard ones above have the coffee icing and the cream ones have yellow icing.
The whole lot probably takes about thirty minutes to make. If you are taking them to a party you should probably allow the icing a little time to harden so they don’t all stick together.
2. Mini Cinnamon Rolls
This is one where you can let the kids help or let the kids decide that they are going to help. I really didn’t have a choice about their assistance on this one.
You will need:
A box of ready rolled puff pasty
Open up your sheet of ready rolled puff pastry (long side parallel to you)
Mix cinnamon and caster sugar together. The quantities for this are really a personal choice. I love cinnamon but erred on the conservative side for these.
Brush the melted butter all over the pastry.
Allow your children to sprinkle the sugar mixture over the pastry and whinge over who gets to do it first. Or avoid this issue like I did and give each of the little darlings their own sheet of pastry.
Cut the pastry in half widthways. Roll up each half (left to right not top to bottom) into a long sausage roll shape.
Use some of the melted butter to seal the edge of the roll and stop it from opening out.
Cut the roll with a sharp knife into roughly 1.5 inch slices.
Place flat onto a baking tray and cook in a 180c preheated oven for about 12 minutes.
Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Mix up some icing sugar and drizzle it over the rolls.
I didn’t even have enough time to put the icing on before Diva was chomping into them.
And there you have it party people. I’ve used these recipes twice recently and they went down a treat. I was probably my own best customer! Enjoy.