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Baby Food Bites, Issue #007 is here! -- The Holidays Are Here!
December 01, 2015
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Issue #007, 1st December 2015
"Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it."
In this issue:
1) The Holidays Are Here!
The Holidays Are Here!
My favourite time of year – Christmas and the festive spirit that comes with it – is finally here! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are so many holidays at the end of the year that there is something for everyone to look forward to, even if it’s just the closing of one chapter and the opening of another in the new year. Living in the northern hemisphere, Christmas is also very much tied in with the cold outdoors and cosy indoors, warm woolly jumpers, and lazy mornings snuggling in PJs with a hot cuppa.
Now that I have a family of my own, Christmas has even more meaning for us. Apart from wanting to instil traditions now that my boys will remember in years to come, Christmas is foremost about family. Schools are off, offices are closed, and it’s a time for families and friends to catch up without the threat of school or work looming around the corner. And, for the first time in years, we will not be travelling this Christmas, so I plan to really use the extra time to spend more quality time with my boys. I hope you all have a magical Christmas with your families and loved ones, as well. :)
Making Baby Food Tips
Recipe: Fig Bars with Oats
December is Fruit Cake Month, and as we don’t eat much fruit cake around here, I can offer you this recipe for Fig Bars with Oats. These are certainly fruity, and I hope you’ll find them to be just as tasty as the traditional December Christmas pudding.
This recipe fills one 20cm square pan, which you can then cut into bite-sized squares or larger bars.
Place the figs, water, lemon juice and zest in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Simmer for about three minutes. Allow to cool, and blend until smooth, either in a food processor or using a handheld stick blender.
Preheat oven to 175C / 155C Fan. Grease a 20cm square pan with butter, and set aside.
Add the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk until combined. Then add the melted butter and egg white, and mix until combined.
Cover the base of the baking pan with about half of the oat mixture, and press flat with a small sheet of baking parchment.
Spoon the fig filling evenly across the base of oats, and carefully spread with a rubber spatula until smooth. Do not use too much force, or you will disturb the base of oats.
Spoon the remaining oat mixture evenly over the fig layer, and press flat with a small sheet of baking parchment, so that it still appears crumbly.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack.
Cut into regular or bite-sized bars before serving. Enjoy and feel festive!
Now time to get back to the little ones! Thanks for stopping by.
See you soon,
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