Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Baking

It has been an emotional past 24 hours for this mum - a goodbye to a great school which we have been involved with for 11.5 years. The year 6 kid couldn't run away fast enough - let's just say he and this school never quite jelled and year after year I had nagging thoughts to pull him out. Very hard being with the same 30 odd children every year, with few leaving and few new ones, for an entire 6 years when the bunch of kids is not quite perfect for your child.Onwards and upwards for a whole new advernture next year at a new schoool where he is going to get a major fright.

The only Christmas thing done so far in this house is a bit of baking for the above school's year 6 supper after prizegiving. (I have bought 2 x new schools uniforms today though -  eeeek - have not even finished Christmas shopping and I've spent an obscene amount of money on uniforms!).

Two of my favorite recipes from the fab Donna Hay Christmas cookbook (bought many years ago for a bargain when K-mart used to sell books).

Simple Shortbread -

180g cold butter chopped
3/4 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 cup cornflour sifted
1 and a half cups plain flour sifted
1 egg

Preheat oven to 160deg c (320F).
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
Press mixture into shallow 20x30 tin lined with baking paper.
Score the top into bars.
bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden.
Cool in the tin.
Store in an airtight container for 1 week.

Amaretti Biscuits -

200g raw almonds
1 cup caster sugar
1/4/cup plain flour
2 eggwhites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180deg c. (355 deg F).
Process almonds and sugar in food processor until almonds roughly chopped.
Add flour, eggwhites, vanilla and process until combined.
Roll teaspoons into balls , place on lined baking tray and flatten slightly.
Bake for 13 mins or until lightly golden.
Cool on tray and store in an airtight container. (goes well with coffee the husband says).


  1. Your baking looks very festive and delicious! I know what you mean about leaving a school behind; I was anxious that we would miss Primary school, but in fact everyone has moved on. Ow and we are very happy that pie youngest is now in the more grown-up environment of High School. X

  2. Oh predictive text blooper! Sorry,that should read 'moved on now, and we are very happy that our youngest is now..... Etc. I really must check my comments before submitting! X