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Bookish Bites : You Can’t Eat A Princess tea party

Well You Can’t Eat a Princess by Gillian Rogerson and Sarah McIntyre was always going to be a Bookish Bites really even before meeting the lovely Sarah McIntyre at the Klimb auction last week. When I first started Bookish Bites @Damyantipatel suggested  this book as a possible bite for the future and honestly, I think it’s going to take the whole of Milo’s childhood to get through the wonderful cakes and sweets and treats illustrated in here.

It’s a good read too! The perfect opportunity for popping on a haughty princess voice. Just be prepared for your toddler to be haughty back at you while enthusiastically shouting “Get my father out at ONCE!” or whatever replacement he can find for “father”. “Get that bath towel out at ONCE!” being my favourite so far. Using literary references to procrastinate bath time, it’s not quite what we were aiming for when trying to instill a love of reading in him!

Anyway, we’d better get started. It’s a long post so perhaps make a cuppa!

For a quiet, rainy Sunday afternoon we decided that it would be fun to have Princess party, just the three of us, in the front room. On the menu, the little pink, iced cakes from the front of the book, jam tarts and chocolate spread sandwiches from the first double spread. Followed by a mammoth scooter round the park to burn off the sugar high!

We begun by making the pink fairy cakes. A simple, easy recipe that makes about 12. We literally popped all the ingredients into the mixer and whizzed away.

100 g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100 g golden caster sugar
100 g low-fat spread
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence

Pouring mixture into cases with Milo is a messy old business. This recipe makes enough for 12 cakes though we did have some left over and the twelth cake never made it due to a splodgy accident. If your mix has gone into your cases in a wonky way, give the tin  a little shake or flat tap on your work surface. It gets rid of air bubbles and flattens the mix a bit. I do this a lot. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees.

We decorated these with pink icing sugar (about 80g icing sugar mixed with lemon juice, water and a few drops of food colouring) and a glace cherry on top of some of them (not all, Milo was feeling selective about this!)

Next, the jam tarts. Here’s the recipe:

230g plain flour
100g butter or low-fat spread (make sure it’s cold though)
1-2 tbsp caster sugar
beaten egg yolk
2 tbsp water
jam – whatever variety you like, we generally opt for strawberry in this house!

First mix the butter and flour to make breadcrumbs. It is at this point that Milo sneezed. Twice. Into the mix. We won’t be sharing these among friends! Cooking with a toddler is such a hygenic affair.


Next add the sugar, egg and water. Get your hands in to the mix to form your dough.

Wrap your dough in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for 30 mins to an hour, then roll out onto a floured surface. The dough will still seem a little crumbly at first, but the warmth of your hands will soon make it more pliable. Cut out approximately 12-14 round shapes and press into a fairy cake tin.

Plop a couple of teaspoons of jam into each tart. There’ll be plenty of dough left to cut out shapes for the tops of your tarts too. Once you are ready, put your prepared tarts into a preheated oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Milo slightly over filled our tarts so there was some seepage over the edges. In fact one poor tart never made it as I couldn’t wrestle the sticky mess out of the baking tin.

We were almost ready for our princess tea party. Just a few finishing touches to do. Yellow stars to be cut out to go on top of the mummy made chocolate (thinly) spread sandwiches.

And then, party time!

Milo’s verdict: “I like jam tarts, can I have another fairy cake please mummy?”

It seemed like a good idea to finish our You Can’t Eat a Princess day off with spaghetti for dinner (marmite spaghetti, Milo’s favourite!). So while he was waiting for it to cook, we did a little Princess Spaghetti crafting. I drew (badly, apologies) Princess Spaghetti sans hair. Milo then had some fun colouring her in and gluing on some wool for the spaghetti hair!

A lovely day!

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  1. Zoe #

    Brilliant, brilliant brilliant! (but please can I have an invite to the next tea party ;-) ). Really love the hair!

    September 14, 2011
    • natashaworswick #

      Absolutely! Milo adores tea parties and picnics, we have one for any minor celebration! The hair was fun to do :)

      September 14, 2011
  2. I love the hair too! And I wouldn’t mind one of those jam tarts!
    I think we should all meet in a big park somewhere not too far from any of us and have a massive book-themed picnic!!!

    September 14, 2011
    • natashaworswick #

      Oh, that sounds lovely! Though sneezy jam tarts aren’t terribly appealing – trust me! I’d keep a hanky tied round his head if we were cooking for you guys! :) He is however, almost neurotic about cleaning his hands so we’re good on that!

      September 14, 2011

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