Sunday, 27 January 2013
First we made fairy cakes:
- 110g butter
- 110g caster sugarI egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 110g self-raising flour
- 1-2 tbsp milk
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon. Add a
little milk until the mixture is a soft dropping consistency and spoon
the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 180oC, or until
golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes
out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin
and cool on a wire rack.
Then we made a hole in the top of each one and spooned a half-teaspoon of jam into each one.
Next we added a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to each one on top of the jam and put them in the freezer for half-an-hour.
Then we mixed in 80g caster sugar.
The oven we then preheated to 220oC. The cakes were taken out of the freezer and we covered with them with a thick layer of the meringue making sure there were no gaps.
We put them in the oven for 3-4 minutes. The meringue should be lightly crisp on the outside, starting to turn golden brown, whilst the ice-cream stays cold. They needed to be eaten straight away!
We talked about the science of how the ice-cream doesn't melt even though it had been in the oven! The bubbles in the meringue is a thermal insulator keeping the ice-cream cold in the oven.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.
Sunday, 20 January 2013
http://www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/beechwoods because it is easily walkable from our house and small enough for the girls to walk round easily. It is popular for dog walkers too! We found evidence of spring - catkins