Easterific Cupcakes in Eggs !

Ahhhhh Holy Week is near !  Wanna do something fun???

This fun kids / adult activity is great because it involves everything you love about Easter — Dying Eggs, Decorating them and Eating Cupcakes ! What more can you ask for???

Egg Dye Ingredients

1/2 Cup Hot Water
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
Food Colorings

Cupcake Ingredients (any type/brand of cake mix is great )

Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
3 Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1.5 Cups Water

Buttercream Icing Ingredients

3 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 Cup butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (optional)
Milk to adjust consistency

Using the electric mixer, mix powdered sugar and butter on low speed until well blended then add milk a teaspoon at a time to adjust consistency,  lastly add the vanilla extract.

Note:  To get the dinosaur egg color / blueish green color,  I used brown eggs and blue food coloring.

 

Thanks for reading and watching!

Christmas Baking 2015 | Christmas Cookies

Last batch of Gingerbread men I’ll be baking for this year’s Christmas.

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If you’re interested in baking a batch, click the recipe with pictures and video right HERE

Enjoy your Happy Holidays beautiful people!

Christmas Elves | Christmas Tradition | Best Gingerbread Cookies!

It’s Gingerbread time again! How about creating beautiful Christmas memories in the kitchen this year?!

This delicious gingerbread men recipe is kid chef friendly and a guarantee to improve your kids creative potential.

Gingerbread Men Recipe

DRY INGREDIENTS
3 3/4 Cups All purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
2 teaspoon ginger powder

WET INGREDIENTS
1.5 Cups Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 large Egg
1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Molasses ( can be substitute with honey )
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Using the electric mixer on medium high speed, cream butter till light then add in the sugar.  Cream until light and fluffy then add in 1 egg.  Mix well then add in the molasses and vanilla extract.  Mix well then spoon in half of the dry ingredients.  Mix well then add the rest of the dry ingredients.

Divide the dough into 3 parts and wrap it in sandwich bag or cling wrap. (The dough will be very wet.) Refrigerate for about an hour or even overnight.

Preheat the oven at 350 degree

Dust your work space with some flour and knead the dough until it’s not so sticky to handle.  Roll the dough to about 1/8 inch thick in between parchment paper then use gingerbread cookie cutter to make shapes, remove the excess dough then place shaped dough on the baking tray.  ( please watch the video if you don’t understand )

Note: Kids may need lots of parchment papers cut into about bond paper size sheets during the rolling of the dough to make it easier for their little hands to handle.

Bake for 8 minutes for a scrumptiously chewy cookies;  And about 10minutes for a scrumptiously crunchy cookies.  Let the cookies cool down at room temp. before lifting them up from the pan.  Once cooled, time to DECORATE with lots of colorful royal icing !

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Royal icing recipe and lots more sample decorations HERE

After decorating your cookies with icings and sweets, let it set completely at room temperature, which will take about an hour depending on the thickness of your icing.

Finally, store the cookies in airtight container  between parchment papers for up to 1.5 weeks.

Don’t forget to leave some for Santa 🙂

 

Witches Deadly Brew | Trust Me, Its Safe and Delicious!

When I found a 400 – year old diary from one of my ancestor who is apparently a witch, I felt an unwelcome intrusion of dark energy, it felt overwhelming at first, but as I got used to it. It felt better and better.

As I flip through the pages…. Not all were dark magic actually, some were just lousy scribbles, and surprisingly some pages contained “white magic.”

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Grass Jelly ( any brand would do )

One particular spell that I know everyone would love is the Secret to looking young and beautiful forever! I was still a little hesitant to reveal this secret because of the uncertainty it entails. For even white magic can be used for evil. After all what makes a magic good really depends on you.

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Banana Extract.  (note: looks green in the movie because I added green food coloring and water )

Celestine, being a decendant decides to make a brew for her dearest mommy.

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crushing the grass jelly

So here’s the recipe for a cup of witches brew !

Grab a couldron or a cup
Fill it halfway with Water
Then add the following:
– 4 tablespoon of Baboons blood ( crushed grass jelly
– 2 Tablespoon of Bat’s eye ( red tapioca pearls )
– 2 tablespoon of Warewolf’s ash (brown sugar )
– a drop of blind snake’s venom (banana extract )
Stir it up for a charm of deadly trouble! Heee Heeee Heeee Heeee heeeeee!!!

How to make witch potion

Tip: Use a dry ice instead of plain ice cubes if your serving it at a party for the smoke effect.  (caution: make sure your dry ice is food grade )

Happy Halloween Guys !

Donut Recipe / Cake Doughnuts / Kids cooking

Doughnut or Donut is a fried ring shape dessert that is comprised of 100% Bad Carbs, 100% Bad Fats and perhaps ?% Preservative.  Pure evil.  Don’t you agree?

Of course you do.  That is why it’s so hard to resist donut temptations.

And that is also why I have tried my best (even though I know it’s impossible) to prevent Bug from ever discovering what the hell is a doughnut.

To make a sad story short.  Recently, ‘doughnut’ became her new vocabulary.  It happened just about 3 weeks ago after being invited to a friend’s birthday party.  And ever since then she never stopped asking for a doughnut every time we pass by a doughnut store.  

Hence last week I decided to make a ‘considerably healthy” doughnut recipe that Bug / kids can learn to make and enjoy.  No yeast needed, so it’s pretty fast to make.  And best of all kids love them.

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Uncooked donuts by Chef Celeste

But first let me just clear out one thing, making donuts are not at all easy for a kid beginner or even adult.  Bug made this twice last week before getting it right.  The first time she made this it was a bit tough because she over kneaded the dough and added too much flour.  At one point I think she even forgot that she was handling a bread dough and not play dough.  I knew it would happen and I was expecting it but I didn’t jump in to help her because I wanted her to learn.  The second time around was delicious!  So if your little one don’t get it right the first time, TRY AGAIN because it’s worth it.

I personally like them coated with just plain cinnamon sugar or spread with strawberry jam but I’m sure Bug prefers them frosted with sprinkles and such like the store bought ones.  So below are frosting recipes I used for our doughnuts.

Strawberry glaze:  The one I used in the video is just melted white chocolate with a drop of strawberry oil and red food coloring.

Caramel glaze :  I used store bought caramel sauce

White chocolate glaze : melted white chocolate.

Cinnamon Sugar topping:  Mix 1/4 Cup white sugar + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Ingredients to make 4 standard doughnuts
Difficulty Level : Moderate for kids.

1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoon All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 egg
3 Tablespoon sugar
2.5 Tablespoon Sour Cream
Please watch the video for the procedure 🙂

Tips for a tender donut:
– Do not over knead the dough for it will result in tough donut.  Knead for just a couple of minutes.  If the dough is too sticky to roll out, fold in a little more flour just until it’s good enough to roll with a rolling pin.

– Fry just until golden brown on both sides.  About a minute per side.

Eat them fresh because they taste the best!

Cheesecake Bites by Little Chef

The first time I made cheesecake was when I was 14 or 15, and it was blueberry flavored.  I used canned blueberry as topping instead of fresh fruits and it was a hit.  I remember I was able to sell eight 8″ round blueberry cheesecakes during my school break and I was so proud of myself.   My mom was the one who taught me how to price my pies correctly and that presentation and sanitation is also very important. That was my first valuable lesson in business which I’ve never forgotten.  I kept the money I earned in my little red portable cash box not wanting to use it ever because I realized how hard it was to earn a “living”.

This was the recipe I used.  No bake, easy and seriously addicting cheesecake!  I taught my 3 year old how to make this last month and I took the above video of her last week making this the second time by herself.  It’s that easy!

No need mixer.  No need oven.  So convenient!

Notes and Suggestions:

1.   Toppings can vary depending on your taste.  Canned blueberry fillings are excellent but I prefer fresh fruits like mangoes, kiwi, strawberries and bananas for my little chef.

2.  Tripple or quadruple  all ingredients if you want to make an 8″ round pie instead of six mini pies.

3.  Freezes well.  So make ahead before the big party!

Happy Baking! or should I say Happy Mixing!