I don’t know why, but I absolutely love Christmas editions of supermarket magazines. I know, it’sad, so so sad – but, they always seem to have little crafty bits to give a try and I love a little bit of crafting. This year Tesco got me… I saw the beautiful wreath on the cover and my first thought was – I’m making that with Jasper!
Now, lets get something clear: Jasper has the attention span of a goldfish when it comes to crafts. Actually, that’s not entirely true, give him some PVA and cutouts and he’ll craft away. Typical boy really, give him anything sticky and he’s away!
So, bearing that in mind I thought it’d be a great idea to invite his Bestie, Alara, over for a baking playdate. It also meant that her mummy, Jay, and I could have a bit of a laugh and some grownup conversation. YES!
If you’re expecting our version of the wreath to be the perfect and enticing image on the cover of the Tesco magazine, be prepared to be disappointed. Our wreaths turned out a lot more rustic and colourfully merry. Which, to be honest, is just perfect for us. I mean sure, I would have loved to boast endlessly about how perfectly and incredibly talented my kid is… meh… In all honesty, I’m actually really happy that we managed to get anything wreath like. Which is probably why having Jay and Alara over was a brilliant idea. Indeed!
Let’s talk about the recipe… This is a typically traditional recipe. You won’t be able to make the dough easily with young kids, seeing as you need to heat sugar and syrup together. However, once you have cooled the sugar, syrup and bicarb mix it’s pretty much a straight forward dough process. I made the dough myself before I let the kids touch it, mainly because I didn’t want a trip to A&E and the cutting out and decoration process was already going to be messy enough! I am lazy, I hate having to clean up extra mess unnecessarily… Don’t judge me!
When it came to spices the recipe does ask for ground cloves, but that was a NO for us. We are not cloves people in our house, unless they’re studding the Christmas ham, we want nothing to do with them! So, I omitted the cloves – but did add a pinch of all spice instead and double the required orange zest. It worked. The final result was something that even a gingerbread hater would love… Kayne! They were fruity and spicy and all things nicy! I’m sorry, clearly they’ve gone to my head!
All in all, the recipe was a winner for me. Especially as it wasn’t the sticky mess I expected it to be! You can find the recipe here on Tesco’s website.