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  • Delicious Jam Buttons

    For those of you who know me I love sharing food stories, so it is with much excitement that I share one of our favourite recipes from this fabulous cook book by Bill Granger.

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    JAM BUTTONS

    Makes 25-30

    250g (9oz) unsalted butter, softened

    3 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar

    grated zest of 1 orange

    1 egg yolk

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    250g (9oz/2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted

    90g (3 1/4 oz/1cup) desiccated coconut

    1 1/2 tablespoons raspberry or apricot jam

    Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a large tray with baking paper.

    Beat the butter, sugar and orange zest with electric beaters until pale.  Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until combined.  Fold in the flour and coconut.

    Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls.  Arrange on the baking tray about 2.5cm (1 inch) apart and press to flatten slightly.

    Make an indent in the centre of each biscuit with your thumb, then place 12 teaspoon jam in each indent.

    Note - Instead of my thumb I prefer to make the indent with the end of a wooden spoon (see below)

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    Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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    My secret tip.  When you pull the jam buttons out of the oven you will often find that the jam hasn't fully spread across the indent.  While they are still warm top them up with a little extra jam.  The additional jam sets with the warmth of the biscuits.

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    As you can see by topping up the jam buttons you have some delcious little biscuits bursting with jam that the kids will absolutely love.  The small amount sugar means they are not too sweet and the cup of coconut makes them lightly tasting.
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    Involve your children in making the jam buttons.  Our kids love helping and will quite often pretend to make their own with play food.

    Make sure you check out our website for lots of play food ideas.

    https://www.knockonwoodtoys.com.au/products/wooden-kitchens-and-play-food.html

    Happy Cooking and thanks to Bill Granger or creating a delicious recipe for families to enjoy making together.

    Kate

  • Welcome to the Knock on Wood Toys Blog

    Welcome to the Knock on Wood Toys Blog.  The intent of this blog is to not only to keep you up to date with the latest news in wooden toys but also to share our insights and words of wisdom on the challenges of parenthood as we experience them.  We will of course have a bit of fun along the way with DIY ideas to save you time and money, our favourite recipes and great activities the family can enjoy.

    Now to our story. We are a family of four who started Knock on Wood Toys out of a love for quality wooden toys.  We have been truly amazed to see the different wooden toys or pieces of furniture our parents kept from when we were children that now our little boys are playing with.  Our hope is to share this tradition with families around Australia by selecting the very best wooden toys and making them available for you to purchase online.

    Wooden toys, when cared for, can be enjoyed by generations.

    Regards

    Kate and Craig

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  • The Safest Type Of Toys For Kids

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    The answer may surprise you…

    If you’re a new mother, or have young children then you’ve probably heard horror story after horror story about the safety of kids toys.

    From lead paint on metal toys, to chemicals leaking from plastic toys, right through to potential splinters from wooden toys, we’ve heard the lot.

    But the question remains - Which is the safest type of toy for your kids?
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