My goodness, Michael, Greg and I have had a very busy weekend. We are busy re-designing Books 1 and 2 of the Sir Chocolate series and are getting covers designed. The designer wants to use pictures of our gingerbread houses for the covers and so, in a moment of enthusiasm, we decided to make a gingerbread house village. We made four gingerbread houses over the course of the weekend and also made 20 gingerbread men for Mike to take to school for his class. Wow! Are we crazy or what?
We also made some [slightly] healthier hot cheese scones for tea today. We used an easy recipe of my Mom’s as follows:
Hot Cheese Scones
2 cups self raising flour (500 ml);
1 cup grated strong cheddar cheese;
1 cup milk;
Heat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius. Sift the self raising flour into a bowl. Add the grated cheese and salt. Pour in the milk and mix (I use my hands covered in a layer of flour). Pat into a rectangle and cut out scones using a round cookie cutter or the top of a glass. Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk. Put the scones onto a prepared baking tin and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
I am also sharing a very simple recipe for rolled fondant that I have used before. I usually buy big tubs of white fondant as I use so much of it but I have used this recipe in the past.
1 cup packed mini marshmallows;
1 tablespoon cold water;
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of icing (powdered) sugar
Place the marshmallows in a microwave safe dish and add the water. Microwave on high for approximately 20 seconds until they are fat and puffy. Remove the bowl and stir with a metal spoon until the mixture looks like soup. Add the sugar slowly and mix until the whole mixture is sticky and all the sugar is mixed in. Cover your hands with icing sugar and knead the mixture for 5 minutes (like bread dough) until it is smooth. If the mixture is still sticky, add a bit more icing sugar until it is no longer sticky.
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