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Shaped dinner rolls

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes + 1.5 hours proving + 15 minutes baking

Serves: 12 rolls

Ingredients
450g strong white bread flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp caster sugar
1x 7g sachet fast action dried yeast
50g butter, softened.
250ml lukewarm milk
1 egg

For the topping
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water
Poppy seeds/sesame seeds

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We’ve not made any bread for a while – waiting for the dough to rise can take a while which puts me off – but it’s such a simple thing to do and the kids enjoy kneading the dough, so when we had a spare morning waiting in for a delivery recently we made some rolls together.

Although you do have to wait a while for the dough to rise, there are some easy steps for children to get involved with: they can have fun mixing, kneading the dough and shaping the rolls. And they were ready in time for lunch and were devoured by everyone which was a bonus. We’ll definitely be making these again!

Method

Mix the dry ingredients
Get your child to measure the flour (450g) out and pour that into a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer.

 

Add the salt (2 tsp), sugar (1 tsp) and yeast. As there is no measuring with the yeast, this is a good way for the youngest helpers to get involved.

  

Weigh the butter (50g) out. If it’s not softened, pop it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds so it’s soft, but not melted. This will make it easier to mix.

Rub the mixture together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. We used our mixer so just used the paddle attachment and gave it a quick blast.

 
Add the egg and milk
Get your child to pour the milk (250ml) into a measuring jug, or a bowl on your scales set to ml. We put ours in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it lukewarm.

Make a well in the flour mixture then add the egg and milk.

 

Knead the dough

If you’re using a mixer, add the dough hook and turn it on to mix for 5 minutes or so. If you are doing it by hand, turn the dough out on to a lightly floured work surface. Knead it for 10 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. We did a bit of both – started in the mixer until it was almost done, then the kids had a turn doing it by hand. They wouldn’t have had the patience to do it all by hand!

 

Pop the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Put it in a warm place to rise for an hour or until it has doubled in size.

 

Make the rolls
Line 2 baking trays with baking paper

Turn the dough out on to a floured surface. Get your kids to knock it back (punch it) and knead it for a few minutes.

 

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape into rolls.
We tried a few different styles. The kids were best at patting the dough into simple round rolls. If you have older children you could try a different type of roll: braids (make 3 long sausages pinch together at the top then make a plait); trefoils (divide the piece of dough into 3, roll into balls and stick together); knots (roll into a long snake and tie a single knot); cottage rolls (divide the dough into 1/3 and 2/3, roll into balls, pop the small one on top).

Put the rolls on a baking tray, spacing them well apart. Cover with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.

Bake the rolls
Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan.

Mix the egg yolk and water (1 tbsp) together in a little dish. Get your toddler to brush on to the top of the rolls. Sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds if you are using them.

Bake the rolls in the oven for 15 minutes. They are ready when they have turned golden and sound a bit hollow if you tap them underneath.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

shaped dinner rolls

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Pancakes

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 10 minutes + 20 minutes cooking

Serves: 8img_1269-small

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

225g plain flour
2 large eggs
500ml milk
Pinch of salt

 

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It’s Pancake Day and while we don’t really tend to give up anything for lent we do like to celebrate with a few pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday.

This year we just made a few pancakes for pudding as Hannah hasn’t been too keen on them in the past. Even if she didn’t eat much, Hannah had a blast making them for everyone. And, as I suspected Lewis devoured them!

Method

Measure the flour into a bowl
Place a bowl on your scales, and get your toddler to measure the flour (225g) into it with a spoon. Face the scales towards you so you can see when they’ve put enough in.

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Make a well in the flour and add the eggs
Use the spoon or your hands to make a well in the middle of the flour, then add the eggs. You could either add the eggs straight into the flour, or if it’s easier/safer get your toddler to break them into a small bowl first (that way you can fish out any shell if you need to). Use a whisk or fork to slowly mix the eggs incorporating them in some of the flour.

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Add the milk
Pour the milk (500ml) into a measuring jug then get your toddler to add it a little at a time. Whisk as you go along until all the flour is incorporated into the mixture and you have your batter. I wasn’t sure how Hannah would fare adding small amounts at a time, but she definitely surprised me and it was nice to watch the concentration on her face as she added a little milk, then whisked, then more milk, then more whisking etc!

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Fry the pancakes
Add a little butter to a hot frying pan then either use a ladle or measuring jug to pour just enough batter mix to cover the base. After a few minutes make sure it is loosened from the bottom then toss it (or use a fish slice) to turn it over and cook the other side. Hannah doesn’t tend to help where heat is involved at the moment but she liked to watch from her spot on the counter…until it was time to toss it where she was in prime position to help her Daddy!

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To try and get the little ones to eat pancakes this year I used some metal cookie cutters. They turned out alright in the end but it was probably a lot more fiddly than that it was worth.

You can keep your made pancakes warm on a baking sheet in the oven while you cook the rest then serve with whatever tickles your fancy. In our house it’s normally a choice of maple syrup, jam or lemon juice and sugar. Next year I need to remember the nutella!

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