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Toys and tiny brains with Allison Davis

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December Recipes
Wholefood gingerbread biscuits

prep 1h: cook 10min : serves 30 biscuits

  • 125g (1 stick) butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup rapadura sugar
  • 1 free-range egg yolk (keep the white for the icing)
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarb-soda
  • 3 cups cups wholemeal spelt flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup rapadura sugar

Ham, cheese pesto party pinwheels

prep 15 min : cook 25 min

  • puff pastry
  • basil pesto
  • sweet chili sauce
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped ham (or prosciutto)
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C fan-forced and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Lay out a sheet of puff pastry (one sheet makes 10 pinwheels) and spread with pesto and sweet chili sauce.
  3. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and chopped ham then roll up as tightly as possible.
  4. Use a sharp serrated knife and cut the roll into 10 even slices (you may need to wipe the knife between cuts).
  5. Place the rolls flat on the baking tray leaving 1-2cm between each one and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.


These can be made and frozen before or after cooking.

Christmas ham glaze

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp apricot jam
  1. Mix it all up and baste on the ham.



This is a pretty old video but it shows exactly how to prepare a ham if you buy it with the skin on.

Salt Dough Ornaments

prep 10 min : serves 20 balls

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  1. Preheat the oven to 100C fan-forced and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Combined the sugar and flour in the bowl of an electric mixer and then with the motor running, slowly add the water until the dough comes together.
  3. Turn it out onto a floured surface and roll it out until it is about 2cm thick.
  4. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and place them on the baking trays (they won’t really expand so you can put them pretty close together).
  5. Stamp them using a rubber stamp if you want a design or word imprinted.
  6. Use a straw to make holes in the tops so you can hang them.
  7. Bake for 3-5 hours or until they are completely dried out.
  8. Leave to cool.
  9. To decorate with glitter, first draw your pattern in glue and then coat in glitter and shake off the excess.
  10. Leave to dry before adding any other colours or decorations.

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