A Spanish Christmas Recipe: How to Make Polvorones

Do you know how to make polvorones? Do you know what polvorones are?

 

Polvorones are traditional Spanish cookies that are made with a few simple ingredients. They are similar in texture to shortbread cookies and are enjoyed during the Christmas festive season.

Children enjoy making polvorones because they are relatively easy to make and require minimal ingredients. The dough can be easily rolled into small balls and baked into cookies, which makes them a fun activity for kids to participate in. Additionally, the finished cookies are delicious and make a great treat to share with friends and family.

With this recipe, you’ll find the ingredients in Spanish, but the instructions in English

How to make polvorones: A recipe for traditional Spanish cookies

 

Ingredients:

227 grams unsalted Mantequilla, softened

125 grams confectioners’ Azúcar

280 grams all-purpose Harina

60 grams finely ground Almendras

5 grams Extracto de vainilla

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the Mantequilla and confectioners’ Azúcar until smooth.

Add the Harina, ground Almendras, and Extracto de vanilla to the Mantequilla mixture and mix until well combined.

Roll the dough into small balls and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until they are lightly golden.

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dust the cookies with additional confectioners’ Azúcar before serving.

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

We hope you enjoy this recipe for how to make polvorones, they’re fun to make together, and you can learn some new Spanish words!

 

P.S. Did you guess the Spanish ingredients correctly?

Mantequilla

Extracto de vanilla

Azúcar

Harina

Almendras

10 Easter Recipes from Around the World

Easter is coming and it is a great time to get the kids involved in the kitchen and make special treats for all the family. We have gathered 10 simple and scrummy Easter recipes from around the world for you and your children to cook together. from breads to cakes, eggs to carrots,. Lots of our favourite Easter treats are represented.

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Easter Recipes from Around the World

  • Brazil

A peanut candy common to the rural areas of the south-eastern parts of Brazil, Paçoca de Amendoim is a yummy Brazilian treat made for Easter. Traditionally, it contains peanuts, sugar, condensed milk, and manioc (cassava) flour.  If you have nut allergies, you can do as Leanna, from All Done Monkey, did and substitute the peanuts for almonds. Either way, it looks really tasty and so easy to make.

Easter Recipes from Around the World

Image by All Done Monkey

 

  • Italy

Ricotta, orange and chocolate chips. Yummy! This Italian pie requires a little work but, judging by the images, it will all be worth it. Tara, from Tara’s Multicultural Table, shares this amazing recipe for an Italian Easter treat: Easter ricotta pie.

Easter Recipes from Around the World

Image by Tara’s Multicultural Table

  • Ethiopia

For something a little different, can we tempt you with an Ethiopian bread called Defo Dabo Bread. To make it you will need banana leaves. These may not be that easy to find, but it will be worth the effort. Leanna, from All Done Monkey, shares her recipe and some great little tips for making the bread with children.

Defo Dabo Ethiopian Easter bread

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  • Mexico

Capirotada is a Mexican sweet pudding made with bread. You can add different flavours to it like pumpkin, nuts or apple and cinnamon. You can also eat it plain. Mari, from Inspired by Familia, share this sweet bread from her childhood.

Capirotada, Mexican sweet bread pudding

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  • Britain

Ah! Nothing says Easter like hot cross buns freshly out of the oven. Add chocolate chips and the children will be in heaven. Tara, from Tara’s Multicultural Table, has a delicious recipe you can make with the whole family for the quintessential British Easter celebrations.

Hot cross buns

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  • Poland

Babka is a traditional bread eaten in Poland for Easter. It can be eaten plain or you can add raisins, cinnamon or chocolate in it. It looks divine when toasted. This recipe will probably require a little pre-planning as it uses a fermentation technique that requires overnight rest. Martha & Jack, from A Family Feast, share their family’s recipe.

Polish Babka: Easter bread

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  • Algeria

The mouna (also known as mona) is the name of a brioche shaped as a dome or a crown, traditional in Algerian cuisine, particularly in Oran (a coastal city in North Western Algeria), where it is traditionally consumed during the Easter celebrations. This special brioche is flavoured with citrus (in particular oranges). Hénia, from The Teal Tadjine, has a delicious recipe I have personally tried and tested many times.

Mouna: Algerian sweet buns

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  • Romania

A cheesy Easter bread? Yes, please! Pasca, is a sweet, soft, yeast braided bread with a cheese centre. It sounds absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try it for myself. Roxana, from A Treat’s Affair, shares her Romanian traditions and this very tempting recipe.

 

Pasca: Romanian Easter bread

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  • The Netherlands

Eggs are a symbol of Easter. These little Paashaasjes or Easter bunny breads are so cute, all children will love them. A raw egg is placed on each bunny and baked in a basic bread dough shaped as a bunny. So much fun and so simple! Take a look at Tara’s, from Tara’s Multicultural Table, recipe for these sweet bunny breads.

paashaasjes - Dutch bunny bread

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  • U.S.A.

We couldn’t have a round-up about Easter recipes without carrots, right? Here is an American version of scones with carrots. Perfect for hiding some vegetables for your toddler! Corinne, from Wonder Mom Wannabe, shares her cute recipe for the Easter-themed carrot cake scones.

Carrot cake scones

Image by Wonder Mom Wannabe

Tell us! What is your favourite Easter recipe from around the world? What will you be making this year?

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids: Recipes from Around The World

Christmas is an ideal time to get in the kitchen with your children. At Cooking With Languages, we know the importance of keeping it simple and making it fun.

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

With thanks to our social media friends, we have compiled our very first list of Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids from different countries around the world. As well as making some simple and scrummy recipes for you all to enjoy, we will also have a look at some new words in different languages.

 

 

For starters, read through the following recipes and, using your chosen target language, prepare a shopping list for the ingredients. As language knowledge develops, you can then look at the using instructions in your target language … (Our bilingual activity cookbook enables you to do this in both English and Spanish)

In this first Christmas Round-Up of Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids, we have some delicious recipes from Australia, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

 

 

Mini Mince Pie Puffs from the United Kingdom (Eats Amazing)

 

Mince pies are a favourite in our house. We have to leave making the until as close as possible to Christmas, otherwise, they do not last! We love the idea of these light puff pastry bites as an alternative and also as an excuse to make more 😉

 

Ingredients (makes around 30):

  • 1 320g sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1/3 jar good quality ready-made mincemeat
  • 1 egg

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Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 190°C (Gas mark 5/375°F).  Line 2 baking trays with grease proof or baking paper.
  • Crack the egg into a small bowl and lightly whisk.
  • Unroll the sheet of pastry.  Using a small cookie cutter*, cut out as many shapes as possible from the sheet, cutting each shape as close the previous one as possible to maximise the number cut.
  • Place half of the shapes on the lined baking trays, making sure there is plenty of space around each one. Lightly brush them all with the egg.
  • Top each pastry shape with a small dollop of mincemeat – be careful not to use too much as it’s easy to overfill them.
  • Take the other half of the pastry shapes. Lightly brush each one with egg, and place it, egg side down, on the mincemeat topped pastry. Gently press around the edges to seal.
  • Using a small fork, press all around the very edge of each shape to seal further. I’d recommend using a child’s fork if you have one, for the smaller tines.
  • Lightly brush the top of each pastry with egg.  Using the tip of a small sharp knife, cut a tiny cross into the top of each pastry to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through, puffed up and golden.

 

For the full recipe and step by step photographic instructions: https://www.eatsamazing.co.uk/christmas/mini-mince-pie-puffs-recipe

 

Christmas Cookies from the Netherlands. (Kid World Citizen)

 

  • 250 grams (2 cups) self-rising flour (or reg. flour + 1T baking powder and a bit of salt)
  • 125 g (3/4 c packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 T “speculaas” spices
  • pinch of salt
  • 175 g (1.5 sticks) cold butter
  • slivered almonds
  • 1 egg

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Instructions:

  • Mix flour, sugar, spices and salt
  • Cut butter up and crumble it in the above mixture, forming a smooth dough.
  • Let dough rest in the fridge for approx. 30 mins.
  • Warm oven to 170 C (340 F).  Roll out dough and cut out cookies with a cookie cutter.
  • Decorate with almonds.
  • Crack egg, whisk with fork. Glaze cookies with egg.
  • Put in oven for 20-25 mins.

 

For the full recipe, and to learn how to make the special Speculaas” Spices visit: https://kidworldcitizen.org/st-nicholas-visits-the-netherlands-2-christmas-recipes/

 

Layered Christmas Smoothies from Australia. (My Kids Lick The Bowl)

 

This simple and scrummy Christmas Smoothie not only looks amazing but also it is a great way to sneak some greens into the mix for your little ones during the festive season!

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

The Red Layer: a combination of watermelon, strawberries, and raspberries.

The White Layer: milk (you could use a milk alternative if needed) ripe bananas and cashews, I reserved half to make the base of the green layer. (cauliflower can be added to this layer to up the veggie content) The cashews can be skipped if nut free is a requirement

The Green Layer: frozen mango and spinach leaves to the remainder of the white layer mix

Layer them, top with fruit if you wish and boom you are done a festive layered Christmas smoothie.

For the full recipe, visit: https://mykidslickthebowl.com/layered-christmas-smoothies/

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Gallette des Rois from France by Lou Messugo

Ingredients

  • 460g puff pastry – either 2 rolls of ready-made pastry or home-made divided into 2 and rolled into thin rounds of approx 30-35cms diametre
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 75g sugar
  • 1 egg (+1 egg yolk, beaten)
  • 50g softened butter
  • A few drops of almond essence
  • 1 fève (small ceramic figurine or a dried broad bean if ceramic figurine not available) + 1 paper crown

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Instructions:

  • Roll out the bottom pastry onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Prick it with a fork several times.
  • Mix all other ingredients except the extra egg yolk in a mixing bowl, beat till thoroughly mixed and creamy.  The paste should be quite thick.
  • Spread the paste over the pastry, leaving an edge of a couple of centimetres.
  • Paint some beaten egg yolk around the edges as “glue” to help stick the top layer of pastry.
  • Place the fève (figurine) somewhere not too near the centre.
  • Place the second round of pastry over the top and pinch around the edges to stick it firmly closed.
  • Prick a few holes and cut a pattern on the top with a knife (if you wish!)
  • Paint with the beaten egg yolk to make the pastry beautifully golden.
  • Bake at 200°c (fan assisted oven) for approx 25 mins (or until golden, keep an eye on it, all ovens are different).
  • Can be served warm or cold.

 

For the full recipe, step by step photographic instructions and a guide about what to do with the “fève” visit: http://www.loumessugo.com/en/blog/entry/how-to-make-galette-des-rois-traditional-epiphany-cake

 

Piernik – Gingerbread from Poland (European Mama)

 

Ginger nut biscuits were a favourite of mine as a child and gingerbread biscuits, in the form of people or houses, are a Christmas tradition in our home. We love the idea of this Polish family recipe from Olga at European Mama and cannot wait to taste it.

 

Ingredients

  • 300g flour
  • 75g butter
  • half a cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon strong coffee (I used cocoa powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • spices: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves
  • dried fruit (optional)
  • 2 eggs

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Instructions

  • Put the sugar, butter, honey and coffee into a saucepan.
  • Cook until the sugar and butter dissolve and remove from the heat.
  • While the mixture is still hot, add the flour mixed with the baking soda and spices.
  • Mix and let cool.
  • Add both eggs, mix well.
  • Add the dried fruit (I used a handful of raisins and 5 prunes)
  • Butter a bread form and transfer the batter into the form.
  • Bake for an hour, 180 centigrades.

For the full recipe and the origins of the recipe visit: http://www.europeanmama.com/polish-gingerbread-piernik-recipe/

 

Homemade Marzipan biscuits from Spain (PequesRecetas)

 

Marzipan is a very traditional “dulce” at Christmas time in Spain. We will be testing out this simple and scrummy recipe from Peques Recetas, along with several other Spanish specialities.

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

For the full recipe in Spanish visit: http://www.pequerecetas.com/receta/mazapan-casero/

 

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Easy Christmas Recipe For Kids: Chocolate Truffles / Trufas de Chocolate

A Family Favourite Easy Christmas Recipe For Kids … (in English and Spanish)

Christmas is a great time to get messy in the kitchen with your children. This easy Christmas recipe for kids is one of our family favourites. We still have stains on our kitchen walls (we call them trophies 😉 ) from when the kids were younger and we got messy making these.

The alcoholic tipple is totally an optional extra, it is a good idea to separate the mixture before making a bowl of adults and a bowl of kiddies truffle mixture 😉

The children love getting messy when rolling the mixture into balls …

 

 

Let’s make Chocolate Truffles …

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Ingredients:

  • 300g premium dark chocolate
  • 1 large glass of condensed milk
  • 1 measure of rum (optional)
  • Chocolate sprinkles to decorate

The steps …

  1. Break the chocolate bar into pieces and melt it in a glass bowl, in a pan of boiling water.
  2. Once the chocolate had melted completely, add the condensed milk.
  3. Mix the condensed milk into the melted chocolate and then add your choice of alcoholic tipple.
  4. The mixture is very runny but it hardens as it cools down. (You can leave the mixture overnight.)
  5. The following day it is easy to roll into balls … without getting too messy! The kids will love this!
  6. Use a  teaspoon to measure the mixture and roll into small balls.
  7. Cover in chocolate sprinkles.

You can choose other coverings apart from the chocolate sprinkles

For example…

  • crushed flake
  • hundreds and thousands
  • desiccated coconut
  • strawberry crystals

 

Hacemos Trufas de Chocolate …

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Ingredientes

  • 1 pastilla chocolate (approx) 300g
  • 1 vaso grande de leche condensada
  • 1 chorrito de ron (opcional)
  • Fideos de chocolate

 

Los pasos:

  1. Romper la barra de chocolate en trozos. Derretir en un recipiente de vidrio dentro de una olla de agua hirviendo.
  2. Una vez que el chocolate se haya derretido completamente, agregar la leche condensada.
  3. Mezclar la leche condensada en el chocolate derretido y luego agregar su opción de bebida alcohólica.
  4. La mezcla es muy líquida pero se endurece a medida que se enfría. (Se puede dejar la mezcla durante la noche.)
  5. Al día siguiente es fácil de rodar en las bolas … ¡sin ensuciarse demasiado! A los niños, les van a encantar!
  6. Utilizar una cucharadita para medir la mezcla y luego rodar la mezcla en bolas pequeñas.
  7. Cubrir las bolitas en fideos de chocolate

Nota: Se puede usar todo tipo de fideos para adornar.

 

 

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Chocolate Truffles …

Ingredients
  

Ingredients:

  • 300 g premium dark chocolate
  • 1 large glass of condensed milk
  • 1 measure of rum optional
  • Chocolate sprinkles to decorate

Instructions
 

The steps …

  • Break the chocolate bar into pieces and melt it in a glass bowl, in a pan of boiling water.
  • Once the chocolate had melted completely, add the condensed milk.
  • Mix the condensed milk into the melted chocolate and then add your choice of alcoholic tipple.
  • The mixture is very runny but it hardens as it cools down. (You can leave the mixture overnight.)
  • The following day it is easy to roll into balls … without getting too messy! The kids will love this!
  • Use a teaspoon to measure the mixture and roll into small balls.
  • Cover in chocolate sprinkles.

Notes

Note: You can choose other coverings apart from the chocolate sprinkles For example… crushed flake hundreds and thousands desiccated coconut strawberry crystals

COOKING WITH YOUNG KIDS: Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta  

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A Simple and Scrummy Recipe for Cooking With Young Kids …  

 

Hola/Bonjour/Hello from the Toddler Test Kitchen.

My name is Bethany and I’m here to share a recipe with you all at Cooking with Languages. I love to cook and bake, so I started doing “cooking classes” with my kids (ages 2 and 4), experimenting with simple recipes, and documenting with pictures of the toddlers in action. I love how cooking can be an amazing learning experience in so many ways!

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If you are making this with the youngest age of chef, I find that having success depends on preparation! For this recipe, I’d recommend the adult prepping by…

  1. Chopping the baguette.
  2. Mixing the olive oil with garlic and pepper.
  3. Draining and rinsing the cannellini beans.
  4. Dicing the tomatoes.
  5. Slicing the fresh basil into thin ribbons.

 

Now, your child can focus on these REALLY FUN KITCHEN TASKS!

  1. Painting the baguette rounds with olive oil mixture.
  2. Mashing the cannellini beans.
  3. Mixing the diced tomatoes with the rest of the list.
  4. Perhaps spreading the beans onto the baguettes.
  5. Piling the tomato mixture on top!

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USING OUR SENSES

One really fun moment during this recipe was while mixing the tomatoes in with the rest of the topping ingredients. I asked my four-year-old to smell each ingredient as he added it – the balsamic vinegar, the fresh basil, the parmesan cheese, pepper and salt, and the garlic.

 

My 4-year-old can be extremely picky so I think it’s awesome that while he’s helping make something he can experience some ingredients that he’d never eat in other ways, by touching or smelling them!

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1/2 baguette
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided in half
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground, divided in half
  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
  • 2 large globe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil chiffonade (thin ribbons)
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated

 

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LET’S GET STARTED!

Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

Slice your baguette into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet in a single layer.

Mix olive oil, half the garlic, and 1/8 tsp pepper in a small bowl.

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Brush olive oil mixture onto baguette rounds using a pastry brush.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Mash cannellini beans with a fork then set aside.

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In a bowl, combine diced tomatoes, salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, balsamic vinegar, remaining garlic, fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

Spread a thin layer of mashed beans onto each baked baguette. Top each bean layer with 2 Tbsp of tomato mixture.

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Enjoy!

I must say these were incredibly delicious! I couldn’t get enough! These would make a great appetizer, side or a light dinner.

Recipe credit goes to Tulane University’s Culinary Medicine website – where you can find all sorts of resources including healthy and simple recipes to make at home with your kids.

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KEEPIN’ IT REAL

And here is my real life mess after we devoured these for dinner! While I try to create beautiful pictures of the kids cooking, reality is quite a bit messier – and there are always dishes to be done! My kids enjoyed the cooking process but didn’t try the finished product (that’s pretty typical at our house). They enjoyed plain baguettes with butter.

 

For more simple recipes to make with young chefs, follow along with us!

 

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Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta

Course Snack, Starter

Ingredients
  

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1/2 baguette
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced, divided in half
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper ground, divided in half
  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large globe tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil chiffonade thin ribbons
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese grated

Instructions
 

LET'S GET STARTED!

  • Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  • Slice your baguette into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Mix olive oil, half the garlic, and 1/8 tsp pepper in a small bowl.
  • Brush olive oil mixture onto baguette rounds using a pastry brush.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Mash cannellini beans with a fork then set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine diced tomatoes, salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, balsamic vinegar, remaining garlic, fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
  • Spread a thin layer of mashed beans onto each baked baguette.
  • Top each bean layer with 2 Tbsp of tomato mixture.

Enjoy!

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