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Fork biscuits

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 15 minutes + 15 minutes baking

Serves: approx 15 biscuits

 

 

 

 

Ingredients 

100g butter (softened)
50g caster sugar
150g self raising flour

 

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If you look online for a simple bake to do with your kids, fork biscuits will probably come up in your search results. With only 3 ingredients, no eggs and no biscuit cutters, they are easy to make and shouldn’t make too much mess in your kitchen.

Next time, we might try adding a different flavour like chocolate, or lemon or dried fruit.

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 180C / 160C fan and prepare your baking trays
Get your toddler to line a few baking trays with baking paper.

Mix the butter and sugar together
Get your toddler to measure the butter. Ours was a bit hard so we gave it a really quick blast  in the microwave to soften it. Put it in a large mixing bowl.

 

Weigh the sugar and add it to the bowl.

Beat together with a wooden spoon until well combined.

 

Add the flour
Get your toddler to weigh the flour, then add to your mixing bowl. Carry on mixing then use your hands to bring it all together into a soft dough.

 

Form the biscuits
Roll small pieces of dough (the size of a walnut or teaspoon) into round balls. Place on your baking tray, leaving space between them for spreading.

 
Dip a fork in cold water and press down on each ball in turn to flatten each biscuit and make an imprint. If your toddler is too young to help rolling the balls, this is a good step for them to help with instead.

Bake your fork biscuits
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

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Corn fritters

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 10 minutes + 10 minutes cooking

Serves: 4img_1449-small

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
100g self raising flour
¼ tsp mustard powder
2 eggs
3 tbsp milk
140g sweetcorn

 

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We like corn fritters (or sweetcorn pancakes as Hannah calls them) for a simple lunch. Lewis enjoys his finger food at the moment and as you can cut them into strips they are a good way of getting a few vegetables into him.

Method

Measure out the dry ingredients
Get your toddler to measure the flour (100g) into a bowl using a spoon. While she’s doing this add the mustard powder (1/4 tsp) and season with salt and pepper.

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Measure out the wet ingredients then mix into the flour
Break the 2 eggs into a separate bowl or measuring jug. You could add them straight in, but I tend to break them into a different bowl in case you need to fish out some egg shell (which i normally do). Add the milk (3 tbsp). Your toddler can help you measure these out as it doesn’t matter too much if you put a little too much in.

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Give your toddler a fork or whisk and get them to mix the egg and milk together. Pour the mixture slowly into the flour and stir it together.

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Add the sweetcorn your mixture.
Cook your corn fritters
Heat a little oil in a pan and then dollop your mixture into little fritters. Cook for a few minutes on each side. I don’t normally let Hannah help when I’m using the hob so she just watches from her spot on the counter. They’re ready when they’re browned a little on each side.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Corn fritters

Ingredients

100g self raising flour
¼ tsp mustard powder
2 eggs
3 tbsp milk
140g Sweetcorn

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Difficulty: Easy

Time: 10 minutes + 10 minutes cooking

Serves: 4

We like corn fritters (or sweetcorn pancakes as Hannah calls them) for a simple lunch. Lewis enjoys his finger food at the moment and as you can cut them into strips they are a good way of getting a few vegetables into him.

Method

Measure out the dry ingredients
Get your toddler to measure the flour into a bowl using a spoon. While she’s doing this add the mustard powder and season with salt and pepper.

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Measure out the wet ingredients then mix into the flour
Break the 2 eggs into a separate bowl or measuring jug. You could add them straight in, but I tend to break them into a different bowl in case you need to fish out some egg shell (which i normally do). Add the milk. Your toddler can help you measure these out as it doesn’t matter too much if you put a little too much in.

Give your toddler a fork or whisk and get them to mix the egg and milk together. Pour the mixture slowly into the flour and stir it together.

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Pour the sweetcorn your mixture.
You can either measure them out accurately, or throw in a few handfuls until it looks like enough (which is what we did – it’s much easier for a toddler to do it that way!)

Cook your fritters
Heat a little oil in a pan and then dollop your mixture into little fritters. Cook for a few minutes on each side. I don’t normally let Hannah help when I’m using the hob so she just watches from her spot on the counter but if they are old enough you can get them to help you flip them. They’re ready when they’re browned a little on each side.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Eggy bread

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 5 minutes + 10 minutes cooking

Serves: 2img_1231-small

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

4 slices of bread
3 eggs
Milk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggy bread, or french toast is one of our favourite lunches. It’s one of the few ways Hannah will eat egg, and thankfully, now that Lewis is on solids he seems to be a fan too. Now that we’ve made this together a few times, Hannah can almost do the whole thing for herself with just a little supervision.

Method

Crack the eggs into a bowl
Get your toddler to gently tap the egg on the rim of the bowl. Once it starts to crack they can push their fingers in and crack it open. With a bit of practice Hannah has become quite good at this but if a bit of shell does slip in I just use a larger bit to fish it out (shell sticks better to shell than it does your finger).

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Add a splash of milk
You just enough to loosen the mixture a little – a table spoon or two. You might want to add some seasoning at this point. I tend to leave out salt and pepper if the kids are eating with us though.

Whisk the eggs
This is always Hannah’s favourite part. Either give your toddler a fork or a hand whisk to mix the eggs and milk together.

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Coat the bread in the egg mixture
Dip one slice of bread in the eggs. This is an easy thing for your toddler to help with. Once one side is coated they can just use their hands to turn it over and do the other side. (Make sure you wipe their hands once you’re finished.)

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Fry the bread
Add a little oil to a frying pan, then cook the bread for 2-3 minutes on each side. Use a fish slice to flip it over. I don’t tend to let Hannah near the hob yet, as I can’t quite trust her not to burn herself. She’s allowed on the counter still but i’ve set a boundary that she’s not allowed to cross when the gas is on. To keep her busy I try and get her to help get plates and cutlery ready.

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Serve
Use a fish slice to pop the eggy bread on to plates and serve. We sometimes just enjoy it with a bit of butter but you could add jam or fruit – anything you like really, sweet or savoury.

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