Annie NiesingBy Ankie Niesing–  Avid runner and mom to 2 fussy eaters.  As a home economist and owner of the Wooden Spoon Kitchen Cooking school  she is passionate about healthy eating and helping others to enjoy and make nutritious food. 

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
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Hot cross buns!

As Easter is nearing, bake some hot cross biscuits with your kids. Your house will be filled with the smell of spicy goodness and family laughter. This recipe is a hybrid of hot cross buns and a very simple biscuit recipe. But only use real butter otherwise the dough will not come together

Hot cross biscuits

Hot cross biscuits

Photo by Irene Koukouzelli’s

Make: 20 biscuits
Prep time: 20 minute
Bake: 15 minute

120g flour
80g   butter
40g   castor sugar
5 ml cinnamon
5ml vanilla
20g currants (are smaller than raisins and does not burn so easily)
10g white chocolate

Mixing bowl
Baking tray
Glass pot
Sharp knife


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a baking tray and measure out all ingredients.

2. Rub the flour and butter together with your fingertips until you get a crumbly mixture

3. Add the currants, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and stir through with a fork

4. Use your hands and squeeze the dough together. It will take a while for the butter to soften. Don’t be tempted to add a liquid to the recipe.

5. Make a sausage shape with your hands, cool dough in the fridge for 15 minutes

6. Cut 5mm discs from the dough and place on a baking tray

7. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.

8. Melt white chocolate in the microwave for 30s. Stir and return to the microwave for another 30s, continue until the chocolate is melted.

9. Place the biscuits close to each other and start at the one end and drip a line of chocolate using a teaspoon. Once all the biscuits has a vertical line now also do a horizontal line so your biscuits has a cross.

Leave the chocolate to harden


Photo by Irene Koukouzelli’s

Easter popcorn surprise

Spend some family time together and watch a great movie; make popcorn more fun by adding mini marshmallows when the popcorn is still warm, it will go soft and gooey after a while. Also add mini easter eggs for a nice surprise. No need to add extra sugar to your popcorn.

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