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maltesers fudge

Maltesers fudge

This simple recipe for Maltesers fudge is delicious and tasty. It makes the perfect homemade gift and is a great, easy way of getting kids busy in the kitchen.

fruity honey flapjacks

Fruity honey flapjacks

Flapjacks are a great bake for little chefs. They’re really quick and easy to make and you don’t need to be too accurate. This recipe uses your favourite dried fruit and replace the refined sugar with honey make them a great snack for little ones.

Red velvet cupcakes

These red velvet cupcakes are the perfect treat for Valentine’s day. They’re even easy enough for your kids to make (and decorate).

raspberry and chocolate brownies

Raspberry and chocolate brownies

 

Difficulty: A wee bit harder

Time: 30 minutes + 35 minutes baking

Serves: 25

Ingredients

300g milk/dark chocolate
250g (1 cup) pack butter
400g (2 cups) soft light brown sugar
4 large eggs
140g (1.25 cup) plain flour
50g (1/2 cup) cocoa powder
200g (1 cup) raspberries

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Chocolate brownies

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chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

 

 

 

Brownies are a great thing to make with kids because they’re so simple: you mix everything in one bowl recipes, pour in a baking tray and pop in the oven. These are a little harder than my usual brownies because you have to melt the chocolate in a pan first, but they make a tasty alternative and are still loads of steps for your kids to get involved with.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 20×30 cm baking tin with baking paper.

Melt the chocolate, butter and sugar

Get your kids to break the chocolate into pieces and put into a small pan. Measure the butter and sugar out and add to your pan.

  

Heat over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until it is fully melted, then remove from the heat.

Add the eggs

Break the eggs one at a time into a small bowl or cup and add to your melted chocolate mixture.  Stir the eggs in, one at a time.

Add the flour and cocoa

Get your kids to measure the flour out and add to a large bowl. Measure in the cocoa. We did this through a sieve to get rid of the lumps (but be warned it can get really messy so keep a close eye on it!)

raspberry and chocolate brownies raspberry and chocolate brownies

Add the chocolate mixture to your flour and stir it in.

raspberry and chocolate brownies raspberry and chocolate brownies

Add the raspberries

Stir half the raspberries into the bowl.

Bake the raspberry and chocolate brownies

Pour the raspberry mixture into your prepared baking tin. Get your child to scatter over the remaining raspberries. Make sure they spread them out as much as possible. Ours were a little to clumped together which meant those bits didn’t cook very well.

raspberry and chocolate brownies raspberry and chocolate brownies

 

Bake for 30-35 minutes. It’s ready when the top has crisped up but it still has a little wobble. Cook it a bit longer if you want a firmer texture.

Cool in the tin, then remove and cut into squares.

Enjoy! These raspberry and chocolate brownies will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days (if it lasts that long).

raspberry and chocolate brownies

 

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chocolate cheesecake

Chocolate cheesecake

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes + 45 minutes baking + chilling time.

Serves: 10

Ingredients

For the base
200g digestives
2 tbsp cocoa powder
150g unsalted butter
For the topping
900g cream cheese
190g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
200g dark chocolate

 

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Lemon cheesecake

I love cheesecake and I love chocolate, so what’s not to love in this delicious chocolate cheesecake! The kids made this for Mother’s Day as a treat for me and a few other Mums in the family. I certainly enjoyed it; it’s light and chocolatey, but not too rich. Serve it with some fruit and/or cream.

Method

Preheat the oven to 150C/140C fan and prepare your cake tin
Butter the base and sides of a 23cm round spring form tin and line the base with greaseproof paper.

Make the base
Weigh the biscuits (200g) and put them in a large bowl. Give your child something to bash them with – we used the end of a rolling pin and a spurtle – and break them up until they are finely ground.

While your kids are doing that, measure 2tbsp of cocoa powder into the bowl.

You could also do this in a food processor. It would be quicker, but if your kids are like mine, a lot less fun!

 

 

Get your child to measure the butter (150g) then put it in a small pan. Melt it over a low heat; add it slowly to your biscuit crumb mixture. Give it a good mix then pour into your prepared cake in. Press it down with the back of a table spoon or your hand until it looks even on top.

 

Make the topping
Get your toddler to add the cream cheese (900g) into a freestanding mixer. While they are doing that add the vanilla extract (1 tsp).

Measure the sugar (190g) and add to your mixer.

Using a paddle attachment (or a hand mixer), mix everything together on a slow speed until it is smooth and thick.

  

Help your little ones break the eggs into a small dish and add them to your cream cheese mixture one at a time, mixing in between each addition. Lewis helped do this for the first time today. We found it worked if I cracked the egg and Lewis then broke them into the bowl. He was then able to add them into mixer.

Mix everything together for one last time. Scrape any unmixed ingredients down from the side of the bowl if you need to.

 

Add the chocolate
Get your kids to break the chocolate up into a heatproof bowl. Melt it over a saucepan of simmering water (or in short blasts in the microwave). Remove from the heat.

Add one spoon of cream cheese mixer into the chocolate. Stir to mix. Add another spoon. Keep adding and mixing until it has all been added and it is thoroughly mixed and smooth.

  

Bake the cheesecake
Pour the topping mixture on to the base. Put the cake tin in a larger baking tray and add water until it reaches 2/3 up the side of the cake tin.

  

Bake for 40-50 minutes. When it’s ready it’ll still be a bit wobbly in the centre. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Cover and pop in the fridge to chill for at least a few hours. before serving.

Chocolate cheesecake

If your kids enjoyed bashing biscuits to make this chocolate cheesecake, then you might also like this lemon cheesecake.

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shaped dinner rolls

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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