Sunday, 10 February 2013

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

                                  Time to welcome in the Year of the Snake!!

It is now time to celebrate Chinese New Year, and there are so many ways that you can do so! Over the next few posts, I will be looking at activities and recipes which you can use with your child/children to celebrate this colourful festival, and allow them to learn a little about Chinese culture.

This year is the year of the snake. As each year gives us a new animal, it is great to create themed activities which reflect this. Today, I have decided to look at a snake themed recipe you can make with your child!

Strawberry shortcake snakes

You will need:

     For the biscuits:
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
  • 1 cup milk
         For the filling :
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar

  •       For the topping :
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  •       To Garnish:

  • 4 whole strawberries
  • Green fruit rolls
    Mini chocolate chips     
    1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in the margarine with a pastry cutter. Or use a vegetable grater to grate the stick into the mixing bowl and let your kids take turns blending the margarine into the dry ingredients with their fingertips. Once the dough is crumbly, slowly stir in the milk.
    2. Turn out the dough onto a floured working surface and gently roll or pat the dough into a 1-inch-thick rectangle (it should measure about 6 x 8 inches). For the best results, handle the dough as little as possible.
    3. Slice the rectangle into four 1-1/2- x 8-inch strips. Place the strips on an ungreased baking sheet, then let your child mold and curve them into S shapes that resemble snakes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown.
    4.  Transfer the baked shortcakes to a wire rack (a parent's job) and let cool. Carefully slice the cooled shortcakes in half lengthwise or split them with a fork and then set aside.
    5. Combine the whipping cream and caster sugar in a chilled bowl and beat with an electric or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
    6. Just before serving, arrange berries on the bottom half of each shortcake, then cover with the shortcake top. Spread on whipped cream and add a layer of sliced strawberry "scales."
    7. For the snakes' heads, cut mouth openings in the tips of the whole berries and place one at the end of each shortcake. Press a pair of mini chocolate chip eyes into the sides of each head and add a forked tongue cut fromsone green fruit rolls. Serves 4.

      Recipe found at

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