Tag: simple baking ideas for children

pizza pinwheels

Pizza pinwheels

These pizza pinwheels are a fun twist on the classic pizza. Add any topping you like then roll them up and pop them in the oven. You’ll get a crispy, moist, cheesy pizza bite for your effort.

Apple cinnamon muffins

These delicious apple cinnamon muffins are beautifully soft and moist on the inside but still crispy on the outside. The perfect treat for a cold winter’s day.

christmas sugar cookies

Christmas sugar cookies

Christmas sugar cookies are one of the easiest things to bake at Christmas and kids will love decorating them with their favourite coloured icing.

doughnuts

Baked doughnuts

Tasty homemade baked doughnuts. They’re healthier than the fried alternative and almost taste as good!

cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 25 minutes + 20 minutes proving + 20 minutes baking

Serves: 9

Ingredients

2 and ¾ cups plain flour (330g)
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
1 packet dried fast action yeast (1 packet = 2 and ¼ teaspoons)
½ cup water (120ml)
¼ cup milk (60ml)
2 tbsp unsalted butter (30g)
1 large egg

For the filling:
¼ cup (60g)  unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
¼ cup (60g) brown sugar

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp milk or coffee

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This recipe for cinnamon rolls is amazing because it uses a ‘cheats’ way of proving the dough so only takes 45 minutes! Before I tried it I wasn’t sure how well it would work, but you just need to pop the unproved cinnamon rolls in a cool (90C) oven for 20 minutes and voila they’re ready to go. It couldn’t be simpler.

Method

Line a 9 inch square baking tray with baking paper.

Make the dough
Mix the dry ingredients

Get your children to measure out the flour (2 & ¾ cups), sugar (3 tbsp), salt (1 tsp) and yeast and mix together in a large bowl. Set aside for now.
  

Add the wet ingredients

Measure the water ½ cup and milk (1/4 cup) into a microwaveable bowl. Measure the butter (30g), cut into a few small pieces and add to the water/milk. Pop in the microwave for approx 45 seconds until the butter has melted. Test the mixture is warm rather than hot – I just dipped my finger in. (If it’s too hot it’ll kill the yeast).

 

Add the milk/butter mixture to the flour.

Get your little one to crack the egg into a small bowl. Add to your flour.

Knead your mixture for 3-4 minutes, either by hand or using the dough hook on a stand mixer. We used our mixer as it’s a bit easier and less messy. It’s ready when it’s not sticky anymore.

 

Pop it in a lightly oiled bowl and leave to rest for about 5 minutes.

Make the cinnamon rolls

Preheat your oven to 90C (200F) and turn off after 10 minutes or just before your put your rolls inside.
While your dough is resting, measure out filling. Make sure your butter (60g) is soft enough so spread. Mix the cinnamon (2 tbsp) and sugar (¼ cup) together in a small bowl.

Roll the dough out to a 15×9 inch rectangle.

Spread the butter all over the top. We used a rubber spatula rather than a knife as it was a bit kinder on the dough.

Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly over the top.

Get your child to roll the dough up tightly, then cut into 9 even pieces. Hannah was able to cut it if I showed her where.

  

Put each piece in your baking tray and lightly cover with tin foil. Pop the cinnamon rolls in the oven to rise. Make sure you remember to turn the oven off. Let it rise for 20 minutes or so.

 

After 20 minutes, keep the buns in the oven, remove the tin foil and turn the oven up to 190C / 180C Fan / 375F.

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 15-20 minutes. They’re ready when they have turned golden.

Make the glaze

Mix the icing sugar (1 cup), milk (1-2 tbsp) and vanilla extract (1 tsp) together until it is smooth, runny and lump free.
Drizzle the glaze over the rolls while they are still warm.

 

Enjoy!

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berry pavlova

Summer berry pavlova

Summer berry pavlova is the perfect showstopper summer dessert. This Mary Berry recipe is so easy to make, even kids can do it!

tear and share buttermilk scones 12

Tear and share buttermilk scones

These tear and share scones are easier than regular ones – no rolling and cutting – simply shape them, slice them and cook them which makes them great for little chefs

animal rolls

Animal rolls

Kids will love making these fun rolls shaped into a menagerie of animals. From hedgehogs, to rabbits to snails to tortoises, the options are endless.

easter chick biscuits

Easter chick biscuits

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 15 minutes + 15 minutes baking

Serves: approx 15 biscuits

 

Ingredients
100g butter (softened)
50g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
Yellow food colour
To decorate
Icing writers

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Easter cookies

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Easter rocky road 

These are fun Easter biscuits that you can make with your favourite biscuit recipe. We just made fork biscuits and added food colouring and some decorations. Fork biscuits are really quick and easy as there are only three ingredients, and no eggs or cutters. There’s also the chance to get your hands dirty which my kids really enjoyed.

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 180C / 160C fan and line a baking tray with baking paper

Mix the butter and sugar together
Get your toddler to measure the butter and if it’s not soft, give it quick blast in the microwave to make easier to mix. 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 and colour
Get your child to weigh the flour out into a small bowl then add it to your mixing bowl. Carry on mixing then use your hands to bring it all together into a soft dough.

 

Add yellow food colouring. We had to add quite a lot before it was bright enough. Mix it into your dough so it is evenly distributed.

Form the biscuits
Roll small pieces of dough (the size of a walnut or teaspoon) into round balls. Place on your baking tray, leaving a wee bit of space between them for spreading.Gently press down on each biscuit with your hands to flatten them a little. This is a good step for really little chefs to help with, especially if they are too small to help with rolling the balls out.

 

Bake your biscuits
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack.

 

Decorate your biscuits
Draw on a face and feet to turn your biscuits into Easter chicks. If your kids are old enough they could enjoy doing this, but if not, this could be a job for a grown up’s steadier hand.

Easter chick biscuits

If you enjoyed these biscuits, try some of these other great Easter baking ideas: Easter rocky road, Easter chocolate nests,

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hedgehog slice

Hedgehog slice

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: approx 20 slices

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 ½ packets of plain biscuits (we used Nice and Malted Milk)
250g unsalted butter
3 tbsp cocoa
1 tin condensed milk
300g milk chocolate (or a mixture of milk and white)
100g raisins

 

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When I was looking for hedgehog biscuits to make with the kids a few weeks ago I also came across this. Hedgehog slice is similar to tiffin or rocky road – it might not be very healthy but it’s so easy to make I filed it away for a rainy day. There’s no baking involved and a bit of biscuit bashing so even our 1 year old was able to join in. Some recipes also include shredded coconut or nuts or miss out the raisins, so once you’ve got the basic hedgehog slice recipe done you can really just add in whatever you like.

Method

Line a 20cm x 20cm* tin with baking/greaseproof paper.
*If you don’t have a tin exactly this size you might just need a little more/less chocolate to cover the top of your slice.

Crush the biscuits
Get your kids to pop these in a bowl and then give them a rolling pin to bash them until they are nicely crushed! Even the smallest children should be able to help with this.

Alternatively you can put one packet in a food processor until they are finely crushed before adding the second packet and whizzing them until they have broken into large pieces.

Set the bowl aside for now.

Make the butter/milk mixture
Get your child to cut the butter into small pieces and then add them to a small saucepan. Use a measuring spoon to count the cocoa into the pan. Finally, add the condensed milk then melt over a low heat mixing until everything has combined.

  

Mix everything together
Pour the melted ingredients into the biscuit bowl. Your kids can help you stir it all together until the butter mixture has coated the biscuits.

Add the raisins or anything else you are using (try shredded coconut, nuts, mini marshmallow) and give it all one last mix.

 

Pour it into your tin and flatten down with the back of a spoon.

 

Add the melted chocolate
Break your chocolate into pieces and add to a small microwavable bowl. Your child might be able to help with this but Hannah found it a little hard. Cook in the microwave for 30 second blasts (stirring in between) until it’s all melted. Pour over the top of your slice.

We did the milk chocolate and then white chocolate in turn which gave a slight marbled effect when we added it to the top.

  

Put it in the fridge to set (4 hours+).

hedgehog slice

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