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Anzac Biscuits
Chocolate Chip Biscuits
Chocolate Crackles
Classic Cupcakes
Cornflake and Sultana Biscuits
Easy Peasy Lemonade Scones
Fairy Bread
Frog In A Pond
Fruit Ideas
Gingerbread Men
Honey Joys
Mars Bar Slice
Sausage Rolls
Truffles
Other Easy Catering Ideas

Anzac Biscuits

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup coconut
125g butter
2 tbs golden syrup
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbs boiling water

  1. Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl.
  2. Combine butter and golden syrup in a saucepan and stir over gentle heat until melted.
  3. Mix bicarb soda with boiling water and add to the butter mixture.
  4. Add the melted butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Place teaspoons of mixture onto a tray with room for spreading.
  6. Bake in 120 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Loosen from tray while warm and cook on wire racks.

Allergy notes: These can be made with spelt flour or gluten free flour. They are also free from artificial colours and flavours and are nut free.

 

Chocolate Chip Biscuits

125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cups caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
1 3/4 cups SR flour
1/2 tsp salt
125g chocolate chips
60g walnuts (optional)

  1. Cream butter, sugars and vanilla with beaters until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and beat well.
  3. Beat in flour, salt and chocolate chips/ walnuts until combined.
  4. Make into small balls and place on lightly greased baking tray.
  5. Bake in 180 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until small cracks appear in biscuits.

 

Chocolate Crackles

4 cups rice bubbles
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
3 tablespoon cocoa
250g copha

  1. Melt copha in saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spoon into patty pans and refrigerate until set. Makes approximately 20.

Allergy notes: These are egg and dairy free.

 

Classic Cupcakes

2 cups self-raising flour
3/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup milk
125g butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs

  1. Combine flour and caster sugar.
  2. Make a well in the centre and add milk, butter, eggs and vanilla to flour mixture. Beat well.
  3. Spoon into muffin tray until about 2/3 full.
  4. Bake in 200 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

These are great if you want to decorate cupcakes instead of making a cake.

 

Cornflake and Sultana Biscuits

1 cup SR flour
1/3 cup sugar
125g butter
1 egg
2/3 cup sultanas
2 cups cornflakes

  1. Cream butter and sugar with beaters until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and beat well.
  3. Fold in sifted flour and sultanas, mix well.
  4. Drop teaspoons of mixture into lightly crushed cornflakes and roll lightly to cover.
  5. Place on lightly greased tray (or tray with baking paper). Allow room for spreading.
  6. Bake in 180 degree oven for 20 minutes.

 

Easy Peasy Lemonade Scones

3 cups self-raising flour
1 cup lemonade
1/2 cup cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Sift flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  3. Add cream and stir through until mixed together.
  4. Slowly add lemonade and mix together.
  5. Knead lightly, roll out and cut scones into shape (can use the rim of a glass cup or tumbler).
  6. Pack close together in tin and brush top with a little milk.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked.
  8. Serve with jam and whipped cream.
  9. Makes approximately 24 scones.

These are perfect to serve to parents or adult helpers!

 

Fairy Bread

1 loaf of bread
Margarine/ butter
100's and 1000's/ sprinkles

  1. Butter every slice of bread
  2. Sprinkle 100s and 1000s over the bread and spread with knife to stick to the butter
  3. Cut in triangles and serve

Allergy notes:

  • We use and recommend Nemar natural 100s and 1000s because they are made with natural colours and are less likely to cause allergic reactions (or hyperactivity!) in children.
  • You can use Nuttelex spread if you need a dairy free option.
  • Gluten free bread can also be used in place of wheat bread.
  • These alternatives can all be purchased in most major supermarkets.

 

Frog In A Pond

2 packets lime jelly crystals
8 Freddo Frogs

  1. Prepare jelly as per packet instructions.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup (125 ml) of jelly into each of 8 serving cups.
  3. Set jelly in the fridge.
  4. Just before you serve the jelly, unwrap and place a Freddo into the jelly so the frog is part submerged.

Allergy notes: We recommend jelly which is free from artificial colours and flavours. Jelly is also dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free, so a great choice for children with allergies.

 

Fruit Ideas

  • Cut up pieces of banana, drizzle them with honey and sprinkle them with coconut for a simple finger food.
  • Create fruit skewers with apple, grapes and rockmelon pieces. Plain yoghurt is a great dipping sauce for the skewers.
  • Cut up watermelon into tall triangles is delicious (with skin left on so children can hold them easily).
  • It the weather is hot enough, frozen orange quarters are refreshing and cool to eat. These are best if prepared a few days in advance.

 

Gingerbread Men

125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  1. Beat sugar and butter until pale and creamy.
  2. Add golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined.
  3. Stir in flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarb soda.
  4. Turn mixture on lightly floured board and knead until smooth.
  5. Wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Take dough and place between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out to 5mm thick.
  7. Use cookie cutters to make whatever shapes you like and place on a lightly floured baking tray.
  8. Bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes or until slightly brown. Cool on wire racks.

Allergy notes: You can use Nuttelex instead of butter to make these dairy free.

 

Honey Joys

90g butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs honey
4 cups cornflakes

  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tray with patty pans (makes 24).
  3. Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy.
  4. Add cornflakes and mix well.
  5. Quickly spoon into patty cases and bake for 10 minutes. Cool before serving.

 

Mars Bar Slice

3 Mars Bars
3 cups rice bubbles
90 gram butter
200g milk chocolate

  1. Chop mars bars into bite sized pieces and place in saucepan with chopped butter. Stir over low heat until melted and smooth.
  2. Add rice bubbles, mix well and press into a 28cm x 18cm lined slice tin.
  3. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt. Pour evenly over the top of the slice.
  4. Refrigerate until firm, cut into fingers and serve.

 

Sausage Rolls

300g mince meat
1/2 onion, grated
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 grated carrot
1 grated zucchini
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
4 sheets puff pastry, partially thawed
1 egg lightly beaten
Poppy or sesame seeds

  1. Combine mince, carrot, zucchini, onion, garlic and sauce in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut pastry sheets in half. Place mixture in the middle of the sheet in a long line.
  3. Brush the long side of the pastry with egg and then roll pastry around meat mixture.
  4. Brush top of pastry with egg and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.
  5. Using a sharp knife mark the size you’d like your sausage rolls to be. Cut about ½ way through (this makes it easier to cut them into bite size pieces once they are cooked).
  6. Bake at 220 degrees until golden (approx. 30 minutes).

 

Truffles

250gram Marie or coffee biscuits
1 tin condensed milk
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 cup coconut

  1. Crush biscuits finely using a food processor.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and roll into small balls.
  3. Toss in extra coconut if desired.
  4. Refrigerate to set.
  5. Can serve in little truffle sized patty pans to look pretty if desired!

Allergy notes: These are egg free. You can replace the biscuits with plain gluten free cookies for a gluten free alternative.

 

Other Easy Catering Ideas

  • If you're hosting your party in a park, why not buy some hot chips and potato cakes as your party food and then serve the birthday cake as dessert.
  • Having pizza delivered can be a great way of feeding hungry kids with minimal fuss. Simple combinations such as Hawaiian or Margarita are always popular.
  • Why not have a mini sausage sizzle? Buy some frankfurts and the small ‘bake at home’ rolls from the supermarket. Bake the rolls and cook the frankfurts according to the packets directions. Cut the rolls and put in the frankfurts and finish with tomato sauce. Fun idea that the kids will love. Easy for little hands too!
  • A packet of plain potato chips or popcorn can be a great addition to a party food table as most brands are gluten, dairy and colour free (and it also means no extra time in the kitchen!)

 

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