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Mini Finger Buns

January 18, 2016
finger buns

Hello lovely readers and welcome back to the blog for 2016!

I have really enjoyed some time out during the festive period with my darling diamond family; Yay for our long hot Australian summer holidays! We have been jetty jumping, spending time at the beach, visiting family and friends and of course enjoying the playground circuit crawl. Although we usually have to burn the children’s clothing afterwards…playgrounds are bloody filthy!

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So now it’s that time where we have to think about getting back into routine and reality. It won’t be long now until school and kindy goes back, so I thought I would start off my blog with a cute yummy treat that will fit perfectly into little lunch boxes. I have road tested these on my children and they were a big hit to say the least. I actually used chia seeds as sprinkles on theirs, and depending on your school, kindy or day care food policy you might need to do the same. For photography purposes today I used the traditional 100’s and 1000’s as well because they look so visually appealing and fun!

I made these using my Thermomix because it’s so easy to knead the dough, so easy I don’t have to do anything at all!  Of course you can still make it using exactly the same recipe in the old fashioned way if need be.

Mini Finger Buns

290g luke warm water

5 tsp instant dried yeast

560g white bakers flour

pinch salt

2 tsp bread improver

50g sugar

40g melted butter

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place all ingredients into the mixing bowl in the order listed here and combine for 30 seconds on speed 3. Select dough function, set for 9 minutes and then go put your feet up! Once finished place dough onto your thermomat or in a lightly oiled large bowl and cover with a clean tea towel for about 20 minutes.

Buttercream Icing

I used the basic cook book recipe for this but found it to be way too sweet (besides the Fournado is hyped up enough on fresh air alone!) so I cut back the sugar. Mill 90g raw sugar for 20 seconds on speed 10. Using the butterfly whisk, add 60g milk, 250g soft butter and a splash of vanilla. Whisk for 3 minutes on speed 3. This will give you a super fluffy whipped icing, the best I have honestly ever made. It will keep in the fridge for quite some time.

I found these cute silicone bread moulds at Kmart for about $10 and they are great for achieving the desired shape. Just be careful not to over fill them…on my test run we had humongous loaf sized buns. Eeek! I worked out by using 60g of dough per mould it makes a perfect serving size.

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Roughy roll into sausage shapes with your hands making sure there are no air bubbles trapped inside, then press evenly into the moulds and right into the corners. Bake for 15 minutes then remove and cool on a wire rack.

Once completely cooled ice with buttercream icing and sprinkle with chia seeds or 100’s and 1000’s!

Makes approximately 18 buns and they can be frozen before icing.

Childish, Hot Tips, Travel

Flying with Children (and surviving)

October 18, 2015

If you have ever flown anywhere with children you know it’s a whole new ball game. Gone are the days of a small carry on bag (if any at all) and swanky drinks in the airport bar. I longingly stare these people now when I see them effortlessly gliding through the airport without a care in the world. To the leisurely solo traveller in business class…you have no idea how much I would love to be sitting in your place for the entire duration of the flight.

Instead I am madly rushing to catch the red eye with a babe in one arm, handbag and overfilled nappy bag in the other and our plane tickets firmly clenched between my teeth. The Fournado is running ahead bumping into strangers having a wow of a time with his new found freedom, while I’m left wondering if I have remembered to activate the house security system, what time the flight was, fumbling through my bag to check I got my sunnies and lip balm, hoping I have my wallet and praying that I packed all the important things we require for the trip…did I mention it doesn’t matter if you are travelling for a few days or a few months – babies need the same amount of ridiculously oversized cargo either way! It is exhausting just getting off the ground!

We have flown to various destinations around the world with children in tow from a 50 minute flight to our closest capital city to the mother of all flights…22 hours to Europe and I have learnt a few hot tips along the way. So if you are planning a long haul flight with kids you might want to read on.

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Childish

Magic Playdoh

October 9, 2015
how to make magic playdoh

Got a few spare minutes and a few bored kids to entertain?

Then ‘Magic Playdoh’ is your answer! Not only does it look spectacular but it is a novel way to teach young children the simple yet fun science of how to make a new colour from two other colours. This little craft idea has been a favourite of mine for a quite a while now and I like to do it during the quieter school holiday period when there is nothing much else on…boredom busters at it’s child-like best.

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