Thursday, 10 September 2009

Mini Choc Ripple Cakes - Just for Kids

This is the recipe that my son made at Kinder and we were allowed one very small taste the rest went straight into his tummy!

1 packet Choc Ripple Biscuits
500ml Cream
1 punnet strawberries
Red food dye
200gm strawberry jam

  • Whip the cream until stiff and then add half the punnet of strawberries that have been roughly chopped and a tiny drop of food colouring to make a very light pink colour.
  • Place a biscuit down on a plate and spread with strawberry jam and then a layer of cream
  • Repeat the process using five biscuits
  • Then cover the stack with cream until you can't see any biscuit.
  • Sprinkle with milo and put a spliced strawberry on the top
  • Leave in the fridge overnight

Chocballs - Just for kids

More kinder recipes - Thanks Elyse!

1 packet Marie biscuits
3 tbsp cocoa powder
400gm tin sweetened condensed milk
chocolate sprinkles

  • Place the biscuits either in a food processor and crush or in a snaplock bag and crush with a rolling pin (the second option is more fun for the kids!)
  • Place the biscuits in a large bowl with the cocoa powder
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix well
  • Roll the mixture into balls and then roll in the chocolate sprinkles
  • Put in the fridge over night

Apricot Danishes - Just for Kids

My son recently had a cooking day at kinder and they got to bring home the recipes. They are all really kid friendly and a great way to spend some time with your children teaching them all about the kitchen and cooking. This one is Apricot Danishes.

Defrosted Puff Pastry Sheets
200gm Apricot Jam
200gm tinned Apricot halves
Icing Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Drain apricot halves and leave to stand on paper toweling
  • Cut the puff pastry into 15 x 15cm squares
  • Spread jam across the diagonal of each square
  • Place half an apricot in the centre of each square
  • Fold in the two opposite corners and overlap
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until pastry is golden
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool
  • Using the icing sugar and water make some white icing.
  • Pipe the icing over the top of the cooled danishes

Lentil Bolognese by Bill Granger

I like spaghetti Bolognese but sometimes I just am not in the mood for meat. This recipe is great for that, and my four year old will eat it as well, a great way to pack in those vegies!

10gm mushrooms, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 red capsicum, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp oregano
400gm can brown lentils, drained
400gm can diced tomatoes
400gm wholemeal pasta

  • If you have picky kids, put all your vegies in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. If not just go to the next step!
    Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the chopped vegetables and cook for 6-7 minutes or until soft.
  • Add garlic and oregano cook a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and tomatoes and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes
  • Season to taste
  • Cook the pasta until soft and then serve with the sauce and some fresh Parmesan.

Oat Flake Cookies

Here is a good one for the kids to help and for them to take in their snack box to kinder or school. I use Uncle Toby's Oat Flakes but you could use cornflakes or rolled oats if you prefer.

125gm butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup SR flour
2 cups Oat Flakes
1/2 cup choc chips
1/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup dried apricots or cranberries, chopped

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth
  • Add the flour and mix thoroughly
  • Add the oat flakes, choc chips and Apricots / cranberries and mix well
  • Place tea spoons of the mixture on a lined cookies sheet
  • Cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden
  • Allow to cool on the tray as they will be soft.

Sticky Date Cake

Ok so I admit I am a fan of Sticky Date Pudding, it is fantastic with all that yummy sauce. So you would have to ask yourself how could a cake live up to that? Well it is in the frosting! The cake is topped with a frosting made from cream and Jersey Caramels, and is just Divine. All you need to to when you have your cut slice it spread the frosting all over one side and dig in! Absolutely amazing!

2 1/2 cups pitted dates, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp Bi-carb soda
2 cups boiling water
175gm butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups self raising flour

200gm Jersey caramels, chopped
300ml thickened cream
1/2 cup icing sugar

  • Grease a 24cm cake tin and line the base and sides.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius
  • Place dates in a heat proof bowl, sprinkle with the bi-carb soda, and pour over the boiling water.
  • Stand for ten minutes
  • Beat the butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy
  • Add the flour and date mixture, stir until well combined
  • Pour into the prepared tin
  • Bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
  • Stand in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out to cool
  • Place the caramels and cream in a saucepan over a low heat and stir together until melted. Refrigerate until cold
  • Beat the cooled mixture until smooth, then gradually beat in the icing sugar
  • Spread over the cake and enjoy!

Backyardigans Chocolate Cookies

My son loves to play with on the Backyardigans website and one of the games he was playing recently was a quest for a secret formula. It turns out that the secret formula was for Chocolate Cookies, so of course we had to whip up a batch that very night! Anyway, the recipe was really easy for kids and you should have most ingredients in your cupboard. So give them a try!

125gm Butter
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup SR flour
1 egg

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Line a baking tray with glad bake or a silicon mat
  • Beat the butter , sugar and brown sugar together until fluffy
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat some more
  • Add the flour and the chocolate chips
  • Mix together well
  • Drop small spoons of mixture onto the cookie sheet
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden
  • Allow to cool on the tray

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

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