Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What's Cooking Wednesday #18

When I was thinking about Adam's birthday party (full feature on the blog tomorrow!) I knew I wanted a barnyard theme. It was mostly cow-print, but I used some party food to introduce other animals!

One of the recipes I used was from the wonderful Hats and Bells Children's Party Cookbook. This is a fantastic book that every mother should have, as it is full of different themes such as Under The Sea, Circus, Circus and even a Last-Minute Panic Party! Each section contains ideas for decorations, party games and recipes. You can look through the book preview and purchase your own copy here.

The recipe I chose to use was the Rooster's Roulade from the Farmyard Fun  I changed it up to suit my personal tastes, but it still came out wonderfully.

Rooster's Roulade
adapted from Children's Party Cookbook

2 Baguette Mini loaves (sold in the bakery section of your supermarket)
250g light cream cheese
10 slices of deli ham, chopped
8-10 cherry tomatoes, diced
3 sticks celery, chopped
1/2 lettuce, finely chopped

Slice off the ends of each baguette  and hollow it out, leaving about 1.5cm crust all around.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth and then add in the other ingredients. Mix until well combined.

Fill the baguette with the mixture, working with a piping bag and filling from both ends. This part can get messy so make sure you have some paper towels on hand!

Wrap the baguette tightly in clingfilm and leave to firm in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or a maximum of one day.

When you are ready ti serve, remove the clingwrap and cut into thick slices using a bread knife.

The verdict:

The filling was yummy but the bread did go a bit soggy. The platter looked very pretty though and I got lots of compliments on how delicious it was. The book suggested these could be made two days ahead, which I did, but I have suggested a maximum of one day so that you can avoid any unnecessary sogginess.

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