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Millionaire’s shortbread

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes + 2 hours setting

Serves: 20 slices

Ingredients
For the shortbread base
100g butter, softened
50g caster sugar
150g plain flour
For the caramel
100g condensed milk
150g butter
50g caster sugar
50g golden syrup
For the chocolate topping
200g chocolate (dark or milk)

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This a delicious recipe for millionaire’s shortbread that we got from our James Morton cookbook. There are a few different stages to the recipe which can be a good thing when you’re cooking with kids as it gives you the chance to have a break or clean up a bit as you go along. There are also some fun bits for your kids to help with, from measuring and mixing to melting (and sampling) chocolate!

Method

Preheat your oven to 160C/140C Fan and grease and line an 8 inch baking tray with baking paper

Make the shortbread

Get your child to measure the sugar (50g) and butter (100g) and pop them in a large mixing bowl. If the butter isn’t soft, blast it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so, to make it easier to mix.

Mix it together until it forms a paste.

 

Measure the flour (150g) out and add to the bowl and mix everything together. You can get your hands dirty at this point and work it all together so all the crumbs come together.

Press it out into your prepared tin.

  
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until it is just turning golden brown at the edges. Leave to cool in the tin.

Make the caramel

While your shortbread is baking, start making the caramel. Get your little one to help you add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. (100g condensed milk, 150g butter, 50g caster sugar, 50g golden syrup.) Heat it on a medium heat, stirring it gently until it turns a nice golden brown colour. Watch your child carefully if you’re letting them help with this step.

  

 

Pour over your shortbread

Once the caramel is ready, pour it over your base and spread it out so it is nice and even. Leave it to cool for at least an hour (or overnight).

Add the chocolate topping

Get your child to help you break the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Put it over a simmering pan of water to melt it (or do it in short bursts in the microwave).


Pour it over your cooled caramel and spread it out gently. Leave it to set for another hour or so but don’t put it in the fridge.

millionaire's shortbread
Cut your millionaire’s shortbread into squares and enjoy!

millionaire's shortbread

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Easter cookie bar

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes plus 25 minutes baking

Serves: 20-25 slices

Ingredients
275g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp Salt
1 tbsp cornflour
115g butter (unsalted)
55g granulated sugar
135g light brown sugar
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract
3x 90g Bags of Mini Eggs
100g chocolate chips

 

 

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We did a lot of baking over Easter – with so much chocolate around it’s hard not to. I found this recipe on the Janes’ Patisserie website and adapted it slightly to make it a bit simpler to make with children. I’ve never made or even had a cookie bar before, but I love cookies if anything, these look like a slightly easier to make version.
They didn’t disappoint: they were deliciously gooey on the inside a little crispy on top and with the added crunch of chocolate chips and mini eggs. One thing is for sure, these aren’t just for Easter.

 

Method

Preheat your oven to190C/170C Fan and prepare you baking tray
Line a 9×9 inch baking tin with baking paper.

Mix the dry ingredients

Get your little ones to measure out the flour (275g) and add to a mixing bowl. Give them a hand to add the bicarbonate of soda (1 tsp), salt (1/2 tsp salt) and cornflour (1 tbsp). Hannah can do some of this herself, but needs a hand levelling the contents on the spoon. Lewis likes to help hold the spoon.

Mix everything together until it is well combined.

 

Whisk the butter and sugars together

Measure the butter (115g). If it isn’t soft enough, blast it in the microwave for a few seconds. Put it in a (separate) large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Add the sugar (55g granulated and 135g light brown sugar.)

Whisk everything together until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.

  

Add the eggs and vanilla

Get your child to break the egg into a small bowl then add to your sugar/butter mixture. While they are doing that add the vanilla extract (1/2 tsp).

Mix everything together again.

Add the dry ingredients

Add the flour mixture into the sugar/butter mixture.

 

Open the packets of mini eggs and let your kids throw them in (keep a few back to put on top). Do the same with the chocolate chips.

Mix with a spoon or a spatula until you have a nice dough.

 

 

Bake the cookie bar

Get your child to help you press the cookie dough mixture into the bottom of your baking tin. We used a spoon to flatten the top down. Press the remaining few mini eggs into the top to make it look pretty.

  

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. It’s ready when its starting to turn golden, and looks dry on top.

Leave the cookie bake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes or so, then remove to cool fully on a wire rack. Cut into squares and enjoy!

easter cookie bar

 

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Easter rocky road

Difficulty: 20 minutes + 2 hours chilling

Time: Easy

Serves: 25+ pieces


Ingredients
400g Milk/Dark Chocolate
125g Golden Syrup
125g Unsalted Butter
100g Mini Marshmallows
150g Digestives, chopped
4-5x 90g Bags of Mini Eggs
1-2x 89g Bags of Mini Creme Eggs (pop them in the freezer for an hour or so before to make them easier to cut)
250g White Chocolate

We’ve made rocky road (or hedgehog slice, or tiffin) before but this one is extra special because it’s Easter themed and full of mini eggs and cream eggs! Rocky road is one of the easiest things to make with really small children as, with the exception of melting chocolate, there’s no cooking involved. Hannah and Lewis really enjoyed getting to bash the biscuits and eggs and mixing everything together. And then getting to share it with their friends (it’s too good to keep to yourself!)

Method

Line an 8/9 inch square baking tin with baking paper and leave to one side

Melt the chocolate, butter and syrup together
Get your children to help you break the chocolate (400g) into pieces and pop in a heat proof bowl. Measure the butter (125g) and add to the chocolate. Pop the bowl on your scales, reset them back to zero and measure in your golden syrup (125g).

  
Melt everything together on a double boiler (pop your bowl on a saucepan with simmering water). Or you could put it in the microwave and zap it for short intervals until everything has melted.

Stir everything together so it is nice a smooth. Be careful not to overheat it.

Measure the dry ingredients
Measure the biscuits (150g) into a large bowl (you don’t need to be too precise). Give your toddlers something to bash the biscuits – we used spurtles and the end of a rolling pin – and let them attack them until they are in smallish pieces.

 

Add the mini marshmallows (100g) to your bowl.

Before taking the mini eggs out of their packets, get your kids to bash them so they are broken into chunks. They might need a bit of help as they can be a bit tough. Add them to the bowl, saving one packet for the end.

 

Chop the cream eggs into halves/quarters. This is a task for the grownups unless you trust your little ones with sharp knives.

Mix everything together

Pour the melted chocolate mixture into your biscuit mixture. Get your little ones to get everything a good mix.

Pour into your tin and pat it down with the back of your spoon until it is evenly spread.

 

Prepare the topping
Get your wee chefs to break the white chocolate up and pop in a bowl. Melt it in a double boiler or in the microwave.

Pour it over the top of your rocky road and sprinkle over the last bag of mini eggs.

  

Pop your tray in the fridge to set for a few hours, slice and enjoy!

Easter rocky road

Try some other Easter baking: Easter chick biscuits, Easter chocolate nests.

 

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