Looking to try something a little different with the kids this weekend? If so, why not try a spot of baking? Great for rainy days, baking not only provides hours of fun but also teaches children valuable cooking skills. We’ve listed a selection of easy baking recipes below to help get you started; who knows, your little one may be a future contestant on the Great British Bake Off!
This extremely easy brownie recipe is great for children, it allows them to get involved in kitchen activities and rewards them with a tasty chocolate treat. The following recipe will make between 16 and 20 brownies, depending on portion size and takes around 45 minutes from start to finish.
- 175g caster sugar
- 100g unsalted butter
- 75g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4 and line a 20cm square, deep baking tin with baking parchment.
- Beat together the sugar and butter with an electric whisk before adding the eggs one at a time.
- Sift in flour, cocoa powder and baking powder to the egg mixture before adding the milk. Mix everything together then stir in the chocolate chips before pouring the mixture into the baking tin.
- Level off the mixture and place in the oven for 30 minutes, until the top is set. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into small squares and serve.
Children love pizza, it’s a quick and easy meal that tastes great and is fantastic for sharing. If you feel like making your own homemade pizza then we would suggest the following recipe. It takes around 40 minutes to make and at the end you’ll have two delicious pizzas perfect for a family of four.
For the base
- 300g strong bread flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
For the tomato sauce
- 100ml passata
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- Handful fresh basil
For the topping
- 125g mozzarella, sliced
- Handful cherry tomatoes
- Handful grated parmesan
- Start by making the base. Sift the flour into a large bowl then stir in the instant yeast and salt. Make a well in the mixture and pour in 200ml of warm water along with the olive oil. Bring the mixture together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, wet dough. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for around five minutes until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough with a tea towel and leave to one side.
- Make the tomato sauce by mixing together the passata, garlic and basil before seasoning to taste. Leave to sit at room temperature until ready to use.
- Split the dough into two then start rolling it out on a lightly floured surface until the rounds are about 25cm across. Make sure the dough is very thin otherwise it will not bake in the oven. Place the rounds onto floured baking sheets.
- Preheat the oven to 220C/gas mark 8 and place another backing sheet or an upturned baking tray onto the top shelf of the oven.
- Top the dough with a layer of the tomato sauce before scattering over the cheese and cherry tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Place one of the pizzas onto the preheated sheet/upturned oven tray and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven before repeating this step with the remaining pizza.
Christmas is fast approaching and what better treat to enjoy over the festive period than gingerbread men? This recipe is very easy to make and a lot of fun to decorate. You can make 20 gingerbread men from this recipe and from start to finish the process, should take around two hours.
- 350g plain flour
- 175g soft brown sugar
- 125g butter
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
- Writing icing
- Cake decorations
- Sift together the flour, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend well until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and stir through.
- Beat the golden syrup and egg together then add to the breadcrumb mixture. Pulse in the food processor until the mixture comes together. Tip the dough out and knead until smooth. Wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes whilst you preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Take the dough from the fridge and remove the cling film. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until around 0.5cm. Using gingerbread man cutters, cut out 20 gingerbread men and put them on the baking try, leaving space between each.
- Bake in the oven until light golden-brown. Take the gingerbread men from the oven and leave to cool on the try for ten minutes before moving to a wire rack. Once the gingerbread men are completely cooled, decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.