Just a short post here showing off our Easter cooking (‘cooking’).
For some reason, I hate buying Easter eggs to give out to kids at school (preschool as it was before this year). The same for Christmas cards and things. But the kids love it and Beanie wanted to do something for his new class. We made an activity out of it, rather than buying scungy cheap eggs (I’m too embarrassed to hand them out, and I’m too much a chocolate hoarder to give out the decent ones. I should be ashamed to admit that.)
We bought a packet of arrowroot biscuits, a block of chocolate (Cadbury was actually on sale that week so they’re pretty tasty) and used hundreds and thousands to make some Easter egg style biscuits.
You could go all sorts of creative with them: make them look like hot cross buns or go with the spring theme that Americans adopt at Easter time; I’ve even seen cute bunny backsides on biscuits. I don’t have the time or the brain space for that, and anyway, what five year old truly cares about that? They’ll demolish it in about three seconds anyway, and I don’t really care what the other mums think (though all the ones I’ve met so far are super nice, so I like to think they wouldn’t laugh at my daggy Easter biscuits).
They need to travel well, in order to make it to school without smooshing everywhere, hence the chocolate. Plus it’s Easter, so it’s the one time of year it’s excusable to eat kilos and kilos of chocolate (right?)
We melted the chocolate in the microwave (I’ve got a setting for this, but be careful not to overdo it). Then spoon the chocolate on the biscuits and smooth it out. If you dip it, it will spread and you end up with a mess. I chose to hide the evidence of that. Then we just dipped the biscuits into a plateful of hundreds and thousands and put them on the cooling wire to set.
Then we packaged them up in the little cello bags and ta-da!
I think the thing I like most is that they’re sort of an old-school classic. Nothing fancy or obnoxious, just the good old days of fairy bread and pass the parcel. I like that. Today’s kids don’t know what the good stuff is. I’m single handedly changing that. Be involved in that change and go retro with me, will you?
A fun activity for the kids (easy for mum), something he’s proud of doing, and a little treat to hand out and make the kiddies happy.