Christmas Craft for Children | The Perfect Christmas Dessert
T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house… everyone was trying this simple Christmas craft project for children! That’s right — it’s that time of year again and the festive season is very nearly upon us. But with the Christmas holidays still a fair few weeks away yet, the run up to Christmas can seem a long one for children, so why not fill the void with some Christmas craft ideas that are fun for kids to make and tasty to eat! Cake decorating is a great Christmas craft for children, and because the baking has been done by Mum and Dad, it doesn’t have to take all day either – making it the ideal 20 minute project!
Like a lot of people, one of my favourite parts of Christmas is the eating! Everyone understands what you mean when you say cinnamon tastes of Christmas, and the sweet scent of baked cinnamon and vanilla drifting from the kitchen with Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song playing in the background brings back lots of Christmassy childhood memories of me baking with my Mum; or rather, my Mum baking and me glazing everything with a vast amount of brightly coloured icing when she was done! There was always one Christmas treat as a kid, however, that try as I might to like, I never really did enjoy eating…
Christmas Craft for Children | Making and Decorating a Chocolate Christmas Pudding
An age-old tradition, we can often feel coerced into making the celebratory Christmas pudding because we feel it’s all a part of the festive fun, regardless of whether we actually like it or not! It’s certainly a more ‘grown-up’ taste, and if your children are put off by this then why not try this tasty alternative Christmas craft for children — great if made in the lead up to Christmas, or get them involved in dessert on Christmas day! Making the chocolate fondants themselves is a fantastic Christmas craft baking project for Mum and Dad, whilst decorating the finished article makes a great Christmas craft project for children – an all-round family winner!
- Firstly, Mum or Dad need to prepare a chocolate fondant recipe. This one from Gordon Ramsey on the BBC Good Food website is an excellent model for this Christmas craft idea, and really not as hard as I every imagined chocolate fondant to be! As long as you follow the instructions, particularly the timings, which are so important with chocolate fondants, there’s no reason why you couldn’t have perfect results first time! When I tried this, I replaced the caster sugar with light muscovado (partly because of availability and partly because I wanted a treacle-y flavour!) and I didn’t want as much mixture so divided the recipe by 4. I found that this made enough mixture to fill 2 standard ramekins. If you’re worried about having time for this on Christmas day, don’t; you can make the mixture ahead of time and freeze the uncooked mixture in the ramekins, or alternatively you could buy ready-made chocolate fondants from your local supermarket.
- Once the fondants are baked, turn them out onto a serving plate so that it is upside-down. This should create the domed look of a real Christmas pudding!
- Now it’s time to get the kids involved! This is one of those times when you really don’t have to get caught up in the finer details of the project — just have fun with it! Always remember that any mess can be cleaned up (something I have to remind myself every time I bake!) and you’ll be good to go.
- Dust the fondants with a small amount of cinnamon for a Christmassy taste.
- Drizzle some royal icing over the fondants. Don’t go mad here — remember the inside of the fondant is runny too! Use just enough to give it a Christmas pudding look.
- Take a small amount of green florist paste and roll out to make a thin layer, turning frequently to prevent it from sticking.
- Take a small leaf cutter, and cut out 2 or 3 leaf shapes per fondant made. Place these on top of the fondant with the stalk ends pointing to the centre of the fondant.
- To simulate the berries of the holly sprig, take some red current berries and place them on top of the fondant where the stalk ends of the leaf shapes meet. If you can’t get hold of any red currents, use raspberries or strawberries, or take a small amount of red florist paste and roll into small balls.
- Finally, drizzle the plate with some caramel sauce, place some silver pearl dragees or sweets of your choice around the pudding and sprinkle some Christmas magic over your finished Christmas puds by spraying on some lustre spray or dust.
And there you have it — the perfect Christmas craft for children for those that want to spruce up their Christmas day dessert!