Sunday, April 24, 2011
Egg hunt and Lilac honey jumbles
Today, we hunted for eggs. Note our chook Rose helping to point out a few hiding spots.
We stashed in bags and baskets.
Then we had to line them all up in neat rows and survey the haul.
Just a quick count so we know exactly how many we have of each sort. Luckily for us the collecting and sorting is more fun than the eating part. The uninspired ones in gold packets are the only ones we can actually eat, but that's ok with us.
Time to check on the little chicks in the easter tree nest.
Lets finish up with a spot of baking. Lilac and white speckled honey jumbles. We can eat as many of these as we want. Happy Easter, hope the rabbit was as forthcoming at your house.
Recipe for Honey Jumbles ( in the event, that like me you are running out of ways to fill in all these last few days of holidays)
1. Set oven to 180 degrees.
2. Heat 1/3 cup honey with 45 g butter in small pan on low heat until melted and simmering. Cool for 5 mins.
3. Sift 1 cup plain flour, 1/2 tsp bicarb soda, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 1/4 tsp ground cloves. Make a well in centre and add melted butter/honey mixture and 1 tbsp milk. Stir until well combined. Chill for 10-30 mins until firm enough to handle.
4. Roll out onto lightly floured surface. Divide into two and roll each into sausage shape about 2 cm thick and cut into 5mm widths. Arrange on trays lined with baking paper and shape so that they are oval. I think this actually made them a little small but they are deliciously bite sized.
5. Bake for 8-10 mins or until they start to crack. Allow to cool before icing.
6. This icing is a little more work but oh so shiny and firm and special. Whisk one egg white until frothy peaks. Add 1 and half cups icing sugar gradually and beat until smooth. Add colouring as desired, pale pink is delicious. Unforunately the natural food colourings I use change from pink to lilac after contact with egg, otherwise I would do half pink, half white. Spread over cooled biscuits. Add hundreds and thousands as desired to keep the mini beasts happy. Allow to become firm and store in air tight container. Ours did not last long enough to make it to an air tight container so this step is optional.
7. Just so you know, this icing is so suberb that it will take a gnawing toddler at least 10 minutes to completely strip the icing off the biscuit. Surely a record.