German Pound Cake Recipe (Sandkuchen)

You know how you find something in the supermarket that you and your family love to eat over and over again? And suddenly you begin feeling bad for not cooking it by yourself so you know what’s in it and what you feed your kids? Well, that’s what happened to me! We love a packaged pound cake from a certain German supermarket chain and to be honest, I love that cake because it reminds of my childhood in Germany. After searching and trying, I managed to get the perfect german pound cake recipe.

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Our German pound cake

My kids love it so much, I can’t make enough. And I wanted to share it with you! The cake is called Sandkuchen in german, which literally means sand cake, referring to the color and lightness of the cake, I assume. It is a simple, yet delicious pound cake recipe. It has only a few ingredients and the recipe instructions are easy to follow, but it needs patience!

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Ingredients for the German pound cake recipe

  • 250 gr butter
  • 200 gr granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (or other type of dry vanilla aroma)
  • 5 eggs
  • 130 gr of all purpose flour
  • 130 gr of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Confectioner sugar (optional, for serving)
  • Whipped cream (optional, for serving)

How to make the Sandkuchen – German pound cake

Now, you have to keep in mind that you will need a lot of patience with this cake. It needs time for whipping all the ingredients thoroughly! With that being said here are the steps to make this German pound cake recipe (Sandkuchen)

First, cut the butter into pieces and melt it. I use the oven for that: I put the butter cubes into an oven-fit bowl, heat the oven to 80 degrees Celsius, and turn it off. Then I put the bowl into the oven and wait until the butter is melted, stirring a couple of times along the way. When it finally melts, you take the bowl out of the oven and let it cool down until the butter gets firm again. As soon as that happens, you can proceed to the next step. You can see all three stages I described in the photos below.

Transfer the butter into the bowl of your mixer and start whipping it. It needs a medium speed.

While you are whipping the butter, prepare the sugar mixture. Do to that, just mix together the sugar, vanilla sugar and salt.

Also, prepare the flour mixture. Just mix together the all-purpose flour, the cornstarch, and the baking powder.

Lastly, prepare your cake form. I use a rectangular 30 cm long, normal baking cake form, which I spray with some oil and also line with baking paper. You can go the traditional way, too, by buttering and flouring the cake. I had some disappointments with this method with other cakes, so I went the safer way.

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius (upper & lower elements, no fan).

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The whipped butter for the pound cake recipe

Adding the sugar

When the butter turns finally, after maybe 5-10 or more minutes, into a soft, almost white cream, as you can see in the next picture, it’s ready for the next step.

Add the sugar mixture slowly, little by little, into the whipped butter while continuing whipping. It takes a little time, again, patience is the word!

Time for the eggs

Now it’s time for the eggs. They have to be added one by one, allowing each one to be thoroughly whipped into the butter/sugar mixture. This takes at least 30 seconds for each egg!

Final steps

After the last egg is mixed in, it’s the flour mixture’s turn. Again, very slowly, add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar/eggs mixture while continuing whipping at slow to medium speed. This, you guessed it, takes a little more time… patience!!! You might need to scrape down the bowl to manage to incorporate all of the flour.

Pour the light, fluffy cake mixture into the prepared cake form and put it into the oven.

It will need one hour, maybe 5-10 minutes more, to bake. You can use the toothpick method to check if the cake is ready, after 1 hour of baking.

Take the cake out of the oven, let it cool down for 10 minutes and then remove it from the baking form. Put it on a rack and let it cool down completely.

How to serve the german pound cake

When it cools down, put it on a plate and dust it with some confectioner sugar and it is ready to serve in slices!!! As a bonus, this cake will make your home smell amazing!

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Yummy German pound cake!

This cake is perfect along with a dollop of whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream!!! Yum!!

Try it out and let us know how it turned out! You can also check out our favorite treat recipe, Strawberry Oreo Pops!!!  

Strawberry Oreo Balls Recipe

As promised, here is our super easy strawberry oreo balls recipe for my all-time favorite treat for birthday party – and all other parties!

The recipe is super easy, just like our favorite cookie recipe, and you don’t really need any special tools to make them. I often end up eating half of the mixture with a spoon, so be aware of that when deciding about the quantities you need!

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Strawberry oreo balls recipe pops

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Ingredients for about forty 30gr Strawberry Oreo Pops

The first step is to buy your favorite Oreo cookies – mine is strawberry cheesecake flavored, but the classic flavor also works great, and someday I will definitely try out some other flavors as well, like the caramel-coconut ones. Please don’t use chocolate covered cookies as they will completely change the texture. Here is the complete list of ingredients:

  • 6 packs of Strawberry cheesecake flavored Oreo cookies (or other) (appr. 900gr)
  • 300gr cream cheese (maybe a little more)
  • 500gr chocolate of your choice
  • 100gr chocolate for decoration
  • 1-2 teaspoons coconut butter

Other things you will need:

  • 40 fancy pop sticks
  • A dish
  • Baking paper

How to make the Strawberry Oreo Balls Recipe

Back at home, smash your Oreos into crumbles! You can use a blender or a food processor for that, but you can also smash them by putting them into a plastic bag and roll them with a rolling pin.

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Strawberry Oreo Cookies crumble

Then add the cream cheese and mix it really well. As there are different brands of cream cheese, I can’t give you the exact amount you will need… it is better for you to add the cream cheese little by little (say 50gr a time) and see how your mixture is before adding more.

The mixture has to be firm (keep in mind that it will go into the fridge where it will become a little firmer), but not crumbly or too runny, so you may be able to roll it into little round balls. Put the mixture into the fridge for one hour or so.

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Strawberry Oreo Cookies and Cream Cheese

While the mixture cools, you can melt the chocolate. You can use strawberry-flavored white chocolate and add some color to it, or dark chocolate or even milk chocolate. It’s all up to you! I use to add one teaspoon of coconut butter into the chocolate, which adds flavor and texture but also gives a nice shine to the chocolate.

Line a dish with some baking paper. Take the mixture out of the fridge and start rolling small balls out of it. I usually make each ball with 30gr of the mixture, using a kitchen scale, but you can use more mixture for bigger strawberry oreo pops, or less for smaller strawberry oreo truffles. Place each ball onto the lined dish. It is a good idea to put the dish with the Oreo balls into the fridge again, for ten minutes or so.

How to cover Strawberry Oreo balls in chocolate

To make strawberry oreo balls, you don’t have to take the next step to add the stick. Just go straight to cover your truffles with chocolate!

To make the oreo pops take the mixture out of the fridge. Dip one end of your stick into the melted chocolate and push it through one ball (without lifting the ball at all). Repeat for every other ball and return to the fridge for ten minutes so the chocolate firms up.

After that, take them out of the fridge and carefully dip each Oreo Cream Cheese pop into the melted chocolate, covering the whole ball. You can always heat up your chocolate a little if you notice that it is not as runny as you need it to be. Let the excess chocolate drip off the pop and be careful so that everything stays in place! Put the Strawberry Oreo pops back onto the lined dish and return all of them to the fridge for as long as needed until the chocolate firms up.

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Strawberry Oreo Pops covered with chocolate

If you don’t have any pop sticks around, you can use plain straws that don’t bend as I did one time… they won’t look that awesome like the fancy ones, but they will do the job!

How to decorate Oreo pops

Now it’s time to decorate! Melt some other colored chocolate which you think would make some nice contrast, put it into a plastic food bag and snip of a small piece of the corner (or just use a spoon!), and drizzle some of it over the strawberry Oreo Pops to make them look even yummier!

As I said, you can also make strawberry Oreo balls without the stick and simply wrap them up in some tin foil as I did for our Elena of Avalor Birthday Party, wrapping foil, use nice treat bags or arrange them in a beautiful tray or case.

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Strawberry Oreo balls for birthday party treats

They won’t be around for long, but I have to say it anyway: make sure to eat them within a few days and keep them in a fridge, due to the cream cheese they contain.

This strawberry Oreo Balls Recipe is always – and I mean always – a great hit at any party and the Oreo pops or Oreo balls disappear super fast! Make them and you will not ever regret it (but you will regret not making more, ha!!!)

DIY Christmas Ornaments out of homemade white clay (recipe!)

Each year I try to find time to make some DIY white clay ornaments together with my kids. It’s a kind of tradition. Once we made ornaments out of citrus fruits, but mostly, we make DIY Christmas Ornaments out of clay. But I really didn’t like the salt dough most people recommend. The shapes would not be clean and the colors weren’t what I wanted. So, I tried a white clay, which only needed three ingredients and they really turned out amazing! Exactly like I wanted them to. Here is how we made them…

DIY White Clay Ornaments
DIY White Clay Ornaments

For the DIY Christmas Ornaments out of white clay you will need:

– white clay (you can find my recipe further down r buy some hobby clay)
– ribbon (I used a red one with white dots)
– snowflake cookie cutter (or whatever shape you like more)
– plastic straw for making the holes
– baking paper
– sealer (optional, I used a spray sealer)
 
 
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To make the white clay you will need these easy to find ingredients:

– half cup cornstarch
– one cup baking soda
– 3/4 cup water
– 1/3 cup glitter (or more if you want) – optional
– damp paper or fabric towel
 
DIY White Clay Ornament

How to make the DIY white clay ornaments dough:

  • To make the clay, just take a pot and mix the cornstarch with the baking soda and the glitter. Now, add the water and stir the mixture until you will have a smooth but still runny cream. Take the pot and put it on your stove on low to medium heat and stir all of the time. As you stir and time passes, the mixture will start to get thicker.
  • As soon as it resembles a dough consistency (more like mashed potatoes) take the pot from the heat and cover it with a damp fabric or paper towel.
  • Wait for 10 to 20 minutes (or more) until it has cooled down. When it has cooled you can take the dough and knead it until it becomes a smooth, soft dough. Now you can roll it out (I lined some baking paper on my working surface) and cut out your snowflakes (or whichever shape you chose).DIY White Clay Ornament

DIY White Clay Ornament

  • Don’t roll it out too thin or your DIY Christmas ornaments will break easily, but don’t make them too thick either, since they will take longer to dry and they could also break easier because of that. 1/4′ thick should be good.
  • Make holes using the straw. Transfer the snowflake ornaments to a pan which lined with some baking paper.
  • Now it’s time for drying. You can either let them overnight air dry (as I did) or maybe you could try drying them in the oven on low temperature for a couple of hours (didn’t try this, so I don’t know for sure!). As they dry, you will need to carefully turn them over from time to time.

Some more tips

Once they are dried you can use fine sanding paper to smooth out the edges and you and your kids can paint them, stamp them or leave them white as they are like I did and you can add a sealer to make them more resistant.

You can find lots of videos or step by step photo tutorials on how to make this white clay online if you want to do more research.
 
My kids painted them and added their own ribbons and used theirs as gift tags for their Christmas presents, as well as for decorating their cookie treat bags we would leave out for Santa!
 
Add the ribbon you like and there you have your very own Christmas ornaments!
 
As I love red and white Christmas decorations, I bought some red and white Christmas balls for our tree and these white snowflake ornaments with the red ribbon are just perfect. The white snowflakes with the red ribbon make a great contrast and they look great on the tree!! I think this year, after making these wonderful foam glitter photo ornaments, I will make some of the other ideas I found on Pinterest as well, using the same recipe. I would really love to make some of these angel ornaments with my kids! Aren’t they cute?
 

How to Make your Own Homemade Playdough Recipe

Today my son asked me to fetch him some playdough to play. The problem was, I hadn’t any at home and getting to the store was kind of difficult. So, lucky me, I remembered a Pinterest posting about a recipe to make your own play dough and I thought to give it a try. It worked out wonderful! As a bonus, I don’t have to worry so much that my youngest would eat some, as she usually does with the store-bought play dough. It is really easy and fast. I made mine in about 20 minutes. And you probably have all the ingredients in your house like I did, too.
So here is how to easily make your own playdough for your kids to have some fun with.

Ingredients for homemade playdough recipe

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring
  • Aroma (optional, I didn’t use any)

Directions on how to make homemade playdough

  1. In a saucepan, combine the flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
  2. Add the water and oil and mix well.
  3. Turn the heat on, and let the mixture get warm over low to medium heat. Stir for about 4-5 minutes, until you have an elastic mixture.
  4. Now let it cool down a little so you can handle the dough and divide it into as many parts as you want. Mix in the food coloring of choice.
  5. Let it cool as much as necessary until your kids can handle the dough. That takes about 5-10 minutes. That’s it! The homemade playdough is ready for use!

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Our very own homemade play dough!

That was easy, right? Never run out of play dough again and no worries about chemicals? And save money, too? Well, I for one have found a keeper recipe! Next time I will let my kids be involved in the procedure. They can easily help with the ingredients and later on with mixing the food coloring into the dough. This should double the fun for sure since they are crazy about helping out in the kitchen every single time.

So the only thing left to do is to go and have some quality time with your children. Cause that is what it’s all about, isn’t it? And you know what? They would make a great gift, too!

Eggless cookie recipe to make with kids for any occasion

Who doesn’t love making cookies? Well, for our family, making cookies on various occasions, or with no reason at all, is a cherished activity! I have bought the 101 Wilton Cookie Cutter Set and there are more than enough cookie cutters for any occasion! But since I often think about little fingers and rare eggs, I tried to find a simple, eggless cookie recipe and it became our favorite one! It doesn’t spread and the cookies are perfect for icing and decorating! And it’s great to make our Christmas cookies or our edible Christmas gift, like our full of treats Santa’s Sleigh Cookie (learn how to make them!!)

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Our favorite eggless cookie recipe

Eggless cookie recipe ingredients:

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Our Christmas cookies Santa’s sleigh full of treats, made with our favorite eggless cookie recipe

–          370 g flour

–          165 g sugar which has been through the food processor or blender

–          ¼ teaspoon salt

–          2 teaspoons vanilla extract

–          225 g butter, cold

–          30 g cream cheese

How to make eggless cookies

  • In a large bowl, mix the first four ingredients.
  • Now add little by little the butter and knead with your hand. It will be a crumbled mix first. When you have added all the butter, mix in the cream cheese.
  • Part the dough into two and wrap in clear wrap foil.
  • Chill the dough for about half an hour.
  • Roll the dough out as thin or thick as you like and cut out your cookies with your favorite cookie cutters. Mine are snowflakes, Christmas trees, and stars!
  • Put the cookies on a baking paper-lined a baking tray.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for about 180 degrees C for about 8-10 minutes, until their light brown.
  • Let them cool completely before decorating the cookies or assembling the sleigh.

This recipe is quite easy and such a healthy treat!!! And if you want a great, eggless icing recipe, check out our favorite one! Perfect for Christmas Cookies!

Related:

Eggless icing recipe for decorating cookies with your kids

Healthy Toddler Recipe: Meatballs with Veggies

DIY Christmas Ornaments out of homemade white clay (recipe!)

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Edible Christmas Gift Idea: Santa’s Sleigh Cookies

There is still time to make this treat like a nice gift for any child! This year, I made some cookie sleighs! You can involve your little ones like I did, by giving them some cookie dough to make the cookies with cookie cutters or let them help with the festive decoration or fill the sleighs with goodies! I got this edible Christmas gift idea from the wonderful Lilaloa blog, where you can find their sleigh cookie templates and sleigh cookie cutters!

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Our cookie sleigh!

You will need:

  1. Your favorite sugar cookie or gingerbread recipe that doesn’t spread, or try my favorite eggless cookie recipe
  2. Sleigh cookie cutters or cookie sleigh template (you will need five pieces: two identical sleigh sides and two rectangular identical pieces for the back, and the front and one rectangular piece that is slightly bigger than the two others for the bottom).
  3. Your favorite icing recipe, or try my favorite eggless icing recipe
  4. Candy canes
  5. Decorations such as colorful sprinkles
  6. Food coloring (optional)
  7. Little treats to put inside the sleighs

Cut out all needed cookie pieces and bake them according to the recipe directions.

Steps to assemble the edible Christmas gift idea cookie Santa sleighs:

Step 1: Let your pieces cool down completely

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Everything ready to begin the assembly

Step 2: Put some icing on the bottom of the sides pieces and glue them to the bottom piece. Hold for as long as necessary until they stay in place. Let it dry for at least half an hour.

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Glue first the two sides to the bottom piece
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Let it dry until everything is secure

Step 3: Put some glue on the three sides of the last pieces and slide them to the front and the back of the sleigh. They should be glued with a slight angle so there will be more space for the candy. Keep them in place for 1-2 minutes and add icing if needed to close any gaps. Let it dry for at least 1 hour.

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Assemble the back and the front of the sleigh

Step 4: Turn the sleigh upside down and glue on the two candy canes which you will have unwrapped before. Let it dry for half an hour and turn it on the correct side. Let it dry a little longer to be sure. I recommend putting the sleigh on a piece of cardboard for secure transportation.

Step 5: Decorate in any way you want. Let it dry and put in some candy.

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All ready sleigh!

Step 6: If you want, wrap it up and ready is your gift!

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Christmas edible gifts are ready!

Have fun making this edible Christmas gift idea!!! I wish to each and every one of you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy this happy season to the fullest!

Related:

Eggless cookie recipe to make with kids for any occasion

Eggless icing recipe for decorating cookies with your kids

DIY Glitter Foam Christmas Ornaments with photos

Eggless icing recipe for decorating cookies with your kids

Making cookies and decorating them is one of our favorite family activities! My kids love preparing and cutting out the cookies! More than that, they love decorating them! And of course, what they love the most, is eating them!!! So, I try to keep the cookies healthy, and since I have my concerns about rare eggs and kids, I found an eggless cookie recipe (get the eggless cookie recipe here), as well as this eggless icing recipe I am sharing with you now! I have to warn you though, my recipe is a little runny. I have used it to assemble some edible cookie Santa’s sleigh treats and even “gingerbread” houses using store-bought cookies, but it is not the most ideal recipe for that. Maybe using some other recipe is better for that use, but I like mine since it has no raw eggs. But for decorating cookies, it’s great!

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We used our eggless icing recipe to decorate cookies and make “gingerbread” cookie houses

Eggless icing recipe ingredients

–          5-6 tablespoons of meringue powder (I buy white meringues and powder them in the blender)

–          250 g confectioners sugar

–          About 1/3 a cup of water

How to make the icing

Use your stand mixer to mix all the ingredients, but add the water little by little to see how much it will take to have the perfect icing consistancy.

Thickness is crucial for using this recipe as glue, while thinner icing is better for decorating. If it gets too thin, use more meringue powder or confectioners sugar.

If you want to add some food coloring, you will need to be carefull and reduce the amount of the water!

Pour your icing into a piping bag and use a piping tip for decorating your cookies. Use the icing fairly soon after preparing it! Once you decorate your cookies, you can add sprinkles, smarties or other edible decorations!

Let the icing dry completely and keep your cookies in a cookie jar!

Check out some of our other kids’ and toddlers’ activities:

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Healthy Toddler Snack: Whole Wheat Apple Muffins Recipe

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Apple Muffins

Sunday afternoon is increasingly becoming cake time lately. Or muffin time! Of course, always with the help of my kids. They get really excited every time, they just love to help! And what great helpers they are! I searched for an apple muffin recipe, which would be on the healthier side. After finding some recipes, I decided to go with the one from http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/04/whole-wheat-apple-muffins/ , which I adapted a bit to fit my taste and the ingredients I had at home. They came out delicious; we loved every bite of them.
So, here is the recipe for about 15 muffins

Ingredients for this healthy toddler snack:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ or less teaspoon salt
½ tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 medium eggs
¼ cup milk
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon dark chocolate
1 teaspoon butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 220o C. Line your muffin tin.
In a bowl, mix together the first six ingredients. In another bowl, cream the butter and both sugars until somewhat fluffy. Next, add the eggs and mix well. You might need to scrape the sides. Next add the dry ingredients, the milk, and the apples and combine, taking care not to over-mix the dough.
Divide the dough into the muffin cups and bake for about 10 minutes. Turn down the heat to about 200o C and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the famous toothpick comes out clean. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Then take them out of the tin and let them cool on a wire rack.
Melt the dark chocolate and combine with the butter. Scoop the chocolate into a polybag and cut off the tip. Drizzle the chocolate over the muffins and enjoy!!!

Healthy Toddler Recipe: Meatballs with Veggies

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Meatballs on a stick

This recipe has helped me so much! My little girl was never much of an eater, and so I had to make every bite count! And this healthy toddler recipe to make meatball with veggies is just perfect for that! It is also a great healthy recipe to make for when the baby is starting with baby finger food since the meatballs are soft and can be shaped or torn apart into baby mouth friendly sizes.

Ingredients for healthy meatballs with veggies

(please consider the age of your baby and what it is allowed to eat by your pediatrician)

  • ½ kg minced beef, turkey, chicken or veal meat
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 slices of whole-wheat bread
  • 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • small onion
  • carrot
  • red pepper
  • green pepper
  • zucchini
  • ½ cup parsley
  • salt, pepper (if your kids are old enough)

How to make this healthy toddler recipe

  1. In a food processor, process the onion, the carrot, the zucchini, the peppers, and the parsley until they are very finely processed.
  2. In a food processor, process the slices of bread until they are very finely processed.
  3. Make sure there are no larger bread or veggie pieces. Remove anything that looks to large.
  4. Put the minced meat, the egg, the olive oil, the breadcrumbs, and the finely processed vegetables and mix everything with your hands. Add oil or breadcrumbs necessary, until it has the right consistency and it can be shaped into small balls.
  5. Let the mixture rest for at least half an hour in the fridge.
  6. Shape mini meatballs
  7. Bring water to the boil and add the number of meatballs needed. Let them boil for about 15 – 25 minutes, depending on the size of the meatballs. You can steam-cook them if you prefer it. Now my kids are older, I even bake them in the oven.

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Some tips for the meatballs with veggies to make your mom life easier

You can add whatever vegetables your kid likes to the meatballs, like eggplants, tomatoes, broccoli, and even some rice. Just keep an eye on the consistency of the mixture, so that the meatballs keep their shape.

You can freeze the rest of the meatballs for the next time. Just line a freezer container with some parchment paper, arrange the meatballs so they don’t touch each other, put the container in the freezer overnight and the next day, you can take as many as you need, or transfer them into another smaller container or freezer bag and keep them in your freezer for when you need them!

Related: Baby finger food ideas and tips – and a meatball recipe

If your kids are older and like my older one, than they might like the meatballs on a stick! It ads fun, but be careful with the sticks!

Later on, this recipe can be made for the whole family!

Related: Healthy and Fun Pizza Recipe for Kids

Pizza Dough Recipe with Garlic and Oregano

Today, I’m sharing with you my favorite recipe for home-made, delicious Pizza!!! I mean, who doesn’t love Pizza? I don’t think a lot that can resist a slice, especially if it is home-made, with the best ingredients and toppings of your choosing! Our garlic and oregano pizza dough recipe is super yummy and aromatic! We love garlic and oregano in our recipes! But if you don’t like them, just make our recipe without them, it’s still a delicious pizza dough! Also, check out our favorite tomato sauce recipe and toppings for the perfect pizza!

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Our yummy pizza!

Garlic and oregano pizza dough recipe (1 pizza) ingredients

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2/3 cup luke-warm milk
  • 8 gr dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dry oregano (or to taste), 1 tablespoon
  • 1 garlic clove (or to taste), minced
  • olive oil, 1 tablespoon

How to prepare the garlic and oregano pizza dough recipe

Measure the dry ingredients and set them aside in cups. Have your kids throw all the ingredients, except the milk and olive oil, into a bowl. Mix them together. Then add the milk and knead (I use the stand mixer for that) and close to the end add the olive oil. Your aiming on getting a smooth, not too stiff, dough (maybe it will need some more milk or flour). Form the dough into a ball and let it rest in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with some plastic wrap, in a warm place (I use the oven for that, at 40 °C).

When the dough has about doubled its size (takes about an hour), knead it slightly. You can roll it out on a lightly floured surface – or put it on your baking tray which you have lined with some baking parchment – and roll it out.

Tomato sauce recipe ingredients

  • 1-2 ripe tomatoes (or canned tomatoes)
  • mustard, 1 tablespoon
  • pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
  • salt, 1/2 teaspoon
  • curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon 
  • dried oregano, 2 teaspoons
  • olive oil, 2 teaspoons

Oregano Tomato sauce preparation

While the dough rests, prepare the tomato sauce. Peel the tomatoes and process them in a food processor, then put them into a saucepan. Boil a little until thickened, add the rest of the ingredients, stir and remove from heat. Let it cool down a little.

My all-time favorite pizza toppings

These are my favorites, but you can use whatever you like. Also, the amount of the ingredients is totally up to you! My kids like their pizza plain, with just tomato sauce and the cheeses, but they sure miss out on some yummy toppings! I hope they will add some when they get older!

My favorite classic toppings

  • mozzarella cheese, grated, 1 cup
  • gouda cheese, grated, 1 cup
  • red pepper, sliced, 1 cup
  • champignon mushrooms, sliced, 1 cup
  • ham, sliced, 1 cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil

My favorite alternative pizza toppings

Sometimes I like to mix things up a little, so I add some of these pizza toppings to the tomato sauce and cheeses. Here are three of my favorite pizza toppings!

1. Greek pizza toppings

  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Oregano
  • Crumbled Feta cheese
  • Sliced olives
  • Extra virgin olive oil

2. Tuna pizza toppings

  • One can tuna, crumbled
  • Onion slices
  • Capers, strained
  • Slices olives
  • Extra virgin olive oil

3. Hawaian pizza toppings

  • Canned ananas slices
  • Ham
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Finishing our aromatic pizza

Now let your kids spread the tomato sauce and the mozzarella! Then let them arrange the rest of the ingredients, except for the gouda cheese.

Put the pizza in the preheated oven (180 °C) and bake for about 15-25 minutes, or until the pizza dough is done (it depends on how small the pizzas are and how thin you have rolled out the dough). Take the pizza out and spread the gouda on it. Throw it back into the oven for about 5 minutes, until the cheese melts.

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Pizza muffins for birthday parties or a snack

This recipe is also perfect to make some pizza-muffins! Pizza muffins are always a hit at our birthday parties!!! To make them you need to roll out the dough, use a round cookie cutter or a glass to cut out some dough circles. Take your muffin tray and spray it with baking spray. Line each muffin space with a round piece of dough, making sure to have dough on the sides (like making a tart). Fill the pizza muffins with sauce and toppings and bake them until golden brown!

That’s it! I am sure you’ll enjoy it!!!

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