New Year’s Eve with a baby

By ani - January 03, 2018

Having a delicious meal, listening to festive music and capturing treasury moments with loads of cuddles – this is how we welcomed 2018. It might not sound as exciting as getting together with friends, sipping on bubbly, wearing heels and partying until 4am, but I really couldn’t ask for more. Even though NYE with a baby is not as wild as previous years, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Quite the opposite – I almost guarantee you will enjoy it even more. There is nothing more fulfilling than cherishing those little family moments and make memories for life.

Here are some ideas on how to make the most of your NYE with a baby.

How about a relaxing night in? If you are sleep deprived and exhausted after nursing and changing nappies 24/7 for the past few months, all you need is some good food, films and a comfy sofa. We opted for a variety of Bulgarian appetizers and salads, steaks with spinach and mash and a chocolate mousse cake. You can find the cake’s recipe at the end of the post.

Time to dress up Another way to make the night special is to rock those fancy sparkly matching outfits.

Strike a pose Now you are all dressed up, why not capture the moment and do a family photoshoot by the Christmas tree?

Watch the fireworks Having a balcony or garden? Why not wrap up warm and go out to enjoy the sky’s lights and colours

What was your NYE like?

Festive Chocolate Mousse Cake

(6inch – 8 pieces)

Sponge Base
30 g unbleached all-purpose flour
7 g cocoa powder
25 g sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp oil
4-5 tbsp Rum or Syrup for brushing

Chocolate Mousse
150 g dark chocolate
225 ml whipping cream, cold
75 ml milk
2 egg whites
5 ml pure vanilla extract
6 g powdered gelatine
30-45 ml water to bloom the gelatine

Bake the cake base: First mix all dry ingredients and then gradually add the egg yolks together with the milk and oil. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks from and add them gently to the mix with a wooden spoon to avoid deflating the bubbles. Bake in a pre-heated oven to 180C for 15-20min.

Prepare the mousse: Dissolve the gelatine in the cold water and set aside. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Beat the whipping cream in a seperate bowl. Heat the milk in a small saucepan and just before the milk comes to a boil, turn off the heat and add the gelatine. Once the gelatine has fully dissolved, add the chocolate and whisk until fully melted. Add this mixture to the whipped cream and whisk to combine. Then add the egg whites and whisk gently to keep air. Pour the mousse on top of the chocolate cake that has been brushed with the rum/syrup and smooth the surface. Leave the cake to the fridge to set for 2 hours.

To decorate sprinkle some shredded chocolate and/or add fresh berries.

Happy New Year!

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