Quick and Easy Festive Treats

A few Christmases ago, I did this and this year, I have 3 different treats for you to try. Spice up your holidays or just #doitforthegram! I've adapted most of these recipes from Pinterest, and kept it really simple (no baking required) by using ingredients that you should already have laying around the house. Check back in a couple of days for my last bake of the year - Biscoff Layered Cake!


CHRISTMAS PANCAKES

This is as festive it gets! It's really just the easiest way to make ordinary pancakes look more festive.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

- 150g all-purpose flour or ready-made pancake mixtures (follow instructions on pack)
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
- Whipped cream
- Fresh fruits (for decoration)
- Chocolate syrup (for decoration)

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
2. Pour in milk, egg, vanilla extract and melted butter and mix till smooth.
3. Cook batter over medium heat until both sides are brown.
4. Let your pancakes cool down slightly before piping whipped cream (or it'll melt even faster) into the shape of a beard/snowman.
5. Decorate with fresh fruits and chocolate syrup.


STRAWBERRY CHEESE SANTAS

These strawberries with cream cheese filling are the perfect little treats. Pick yourself the biggest and juiciest strawberries you can find; the bigger the strawberry, the easier it is to pipe on.

DIRECTIONS

1. Beat butter and cream cheese until it is well incorporated, then add sugar and vanilla extract. Continue beating until creamy and white (the longer you beat, the whiter it becomes).
2. Remove the stems from the strawberries and cut it about 1/3 of the way.
3. Pipe mixture on the strawberry and then pop the rest of the strawberry back on.
4. Add finishing touches by drawing on some eyes with black food colouring or chocolate syrup.


PEPPERMINT CHURROS

Anything with peppermint and chocolate is a winner in my books! I'm well aware that my mini churros look almost like prawn fritters (lol), but they definitely taste better than they look. 

DIRECTIONS

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water, sugar, salt and vegetable oil, and bring it to a boil then remove from heat.
2. In a separate bowl with your flour, pour in mixture and stir in between. You'll know the dough is ready when it can hold its shape.
3. Pipe strips of dough into hot oil with a piping bag (or makeshift one), and fry until golden/brown. Drain oil off on paper towel.
4. Melt white chocolate over medium heat, once melted pour it into a dish.
5. Coat churros in white chocolate and top it off with crushed peppermint-flavoured candy canes (optional).


Which of these would you try? Tag me on Instagram and show me what you've done, I would love to see! Remember, all these recipes can be tweaked slightly to suit your liking. Happy Holidays everyone, don't forget to spread happiness and cheer whenever you can :)