It is ‘Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day’ on the 13th September. After the kids have made one of the main courses on the savoury blog, why not make dessert to go with it? Here are a couple of recipes that are guaranteed to be winners, and best of all, they do not require the use of an oven!
Because the kitchen is full of dangers, it might be good to do some preparations before the kids get going. Before they start, talk to them and agree on what they are going to make, that way you can put the things they need out and ready to use. Because you know your children the best, it can also be a good idea to rewrite the recipe in a way you know they will understand it and go through this in advance. If a part of the recipe involves using sharp tools or heat, make sure you are around for this if they do not know how to use them properly. It is recommended that a grown up is in the room, or at least nearby, if the kids require any assistance.
It’s also important to wash your hands before you start cooking to make sure you get rid of any germs, and keep wipes handy so you can clean anything off your hands as you go.
An all-time favourite!
Chances are you already have a favourite recipe for pancakes, but here is a basic recipe to use just in case.
- 135g / 41/3 Oz plain flour (Healthier option: Replace half the flour with wholegrain flour)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp caster sugar (Healthier option: a dollop of honey or agave syrup)
- 130ml / 41/2 oz Milk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp melted butter or oil, plus a little extra for cooking
- Fillings of your choice: Blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas etc.)
- Maple syrup and butter to serve
1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk and egg before whisking in the butter.
3. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat until the batter is smooth with no lumps. Leave for a few minutes.
4. Heat up a frying pan over medium heat and add a bit of butter. When melted, pour batter into the pan using a ladle. Sprinkle your filling on top and wait for the pancake to start bubbling. When it does, that is when it is time to turn it and cook the other side. When both sides are golden brown put it on to a plate and cook the next one until all you have as many pancakes as you wish or until the batter is all used up. To keep the pancakes warm while the others are cooking, you can put them on a tray in the oven on low heat.
5. Stack a few pancakes on a plate, pour some syrup over, add a lump of butter and tuck in!
Cereal for dessert!
- 2 tbsp of butter
-100g of milk or dark chocolate in chunks or chips
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
- Cornflakes / Brown flakes
- Cupcake cases
- Optional topping such as mini marshmallows or sprinkles
1. Put the butter, chocolate and syrup in a microwavable pan and heat briefly in the microwave until melted. If you do not have a microwave, warm this up in a saucepan over low heat. Allow to cool a little.
2. Pour some cornflakes into a bowl before pouring over the chocolate mixture. Stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until all the cornflakes are covered.
3. Put a spoonful of mixture into cupcake cases, and place on a muffin tray. A normal tray also works if you do not have one of these.
4. Sprinkle over the topping if you have any, and put in the fridge to cool until the chocolate is set and they are ready to dig in to!
Baking is both fun for you and the kids, but it creates a lot of mess. Make sure you keep some wipes on hand which to make the clean-up quick and easy enough for the kids to do as well.
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