Cooking with the Kids. Strawberry Ice Lollies, our cooking Disaster.

When cooking goes wrong! It’s not always a complete disaster.

When I was child, I always wanted to help my Mum cook but she was never a fan of having us in the kitchen. She found it too stressful and preferred to do it on her own. I don’t think she really enjoyed cooking much and it’s hard to get enthusiastic about something you don’t really enjoy. This meant, when I grew up I couldn’t cook. I didn’t even know how to boil an egg. At least I know John didn’t marry me for my skills in cooking. When Holly was born and I vowed that she would have healthy home cooked meals so, I taught myself from cook books and TV programs.

Now my children are growing up and want to help me in the kitchen and I’m encouraging it. At least once a week I try to get my children evolved in some sort of cooking. Sometimes is goes well, sometimes it’s a disaster. I’m far from a perfect cook but we learn from our mistakes, don’t we? It’ll make the kids better cooks, later on in life, knowing not what to do. The main thing for me, is we’re building memories and making time to be together, it doesn’t matter if it goes wrong, or so I try to tell the perfectionist in me.

I ummed and arrrred whether to share our mishap with you all. I had planned to share the Strawberry Lollies with you l just not it going wrong. I decided to share anyway to show it doesn’t always go to plan. So here we go, this week we made:

Homemade Strawberry Ice Lollies made by the Kids.

Going back to Holly and Emma’s summer bucket lists, one of the things they wanted to do on there were to make their own ice lollies. I know the weather has turned cooler and it’s no longer summer but it’s the first weekend we’ve found the spare time to do it. Besides, mine still enjoy ice lollies for their dessert at the moment, so why not make dessert a little healthier by making our own.

Holly and Emma both love strawberries so these are what we went for. Recipe found on Pinterest. We thought they looked very quick and easy to make (except for the freezing time).

Ingredients:

  • 150g Strawberries,
  • 90g Caster Sugar,
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract,
  • 500g Natural Yoghurt, we used Greek Yoghurt as we prefer the taste.

These ingredients will be needed after freezing:

  • 100g White Chocolate, melted,
  • 60g Sugar Strands or Balls. We call them Sprinkles. 🙂

You will also need:

  • 6/8 Ice Lolly Moulds

Preparation time:

  • 20 minutes

Freeze time:

  • 6 hours. We froze them over night.

Method

Put strawberries, sugar and vanilla extract into a bowl and crush the strawberries with a fork. Once they’re all crushed give the mixture a little mix to combine.

Pour in the yoghurt and mix together.

Spoon the mixture into your lolly moulds and place into the freezer for about 6 hours or over night.

So far so good. That was the easy bit, the kids did it all with just me directing and taking pictures. It all went well, the kids enjoyed doing it. Now for our disastrous bit.

  • Melt the chocolate.
  • Pour sugar strands/sprinkles into a bowl.

I usually Melt it over boiling water but for quickness I decided to microwave it. Hmmmm.  It melted but looked thick, not the smooth runny melted chocolate should have. We continued any way not thinking much of it.

  • Remove Ice Lollies from the freezer. Carefully remove the covers.

We soaked the covers in warm water to get the covers off.

Success, only one ruined, where the lolly stick came clean out so the lolly was stuck inside the cover. Oh well. Moving on.

  •  Dip ice lolly tips into the melted chocolate.

Hmmmm. The chocolate wasn’t sticking and kept sliding off. It just started to melt the lolly. We ended up using a knife to spread the chocolate on.

  • Dip the chocolate coated lolly into the sugar Strands.

These did actually stick to the chocolate we had managed to get onto the lolly, but there were sprinkles everywhere. Our dog was enjoying himself cleaning them up off the floor for me, saves me getting the hoover out. They didn’t look to pretty. Lumps of sprinkle coated chocolate stuck to the sides of the lollies. We did a taste test and ate them anyway. They were delicious.  They may not have looked that edible but they were a success as far as taste was concerned. So not a too bad result really.

I’m sorry, we were getting in such a pickle with the chocolate, I didn’t take any photographs, regrettably. I wasn’t planning on publishing our disaster.

These to are what’s left and they don’t actually look too bad. Even if I do say so myself. They were the best looking two though.

On reflection it doesn’t matter that it didn’t go as planned. We had fun and we laughed. We do plan to make them again as they were very nice, but we will melt the chocolate the way I always do it, over boiling water.

Anyone else have any cooking disasters they’d like to share?

 

 

 

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