Another recipe for you but this time for the easiest 'baking' that you can do with a child. This is a very traditional Swedish recipe for Choklad Bollar (Chocolate Balls). They taste delicious! Maybe you have already tried them at IKEA where there are sold in the Swedish Food Shop?
The recipe is absolutely foolproof, quick, tasty and easy for very young children to do as you just mix all the ingredients together. And better still there is no baking required so if a little gets eaten during the process of making them it's not a problem. Similarly there is no agonising wait for them to be cooked before eating.
- 300ml rolled oats (porridge oats)
- 100ml sugar
- 2.5 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar (optional)
- 100g softened butter
- Granulated sugar or coconut (to decorate the balls)
Put the decoration (sugar or coconut flakes) into a bowl. Then simply mix all of the other ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Once mixed take small handfuls and roll into little balls.
|Papa demonstrating the rolling technique|
The balls are then rolled in the decoration (we always use coconut flakes rather than sugar).
|Coconut flakes are used to decorate the balls|
How easy is that??
|Not all the balls make it to the plate|
|Counting the balls as they are made|
Then simply pack up a picnic basket and head for the local beach.
What goodies do you make with small children in your culture?