Cooking is brilliant fun for parents and kids, as long as little hands are kept bacteria free. Following our tasty kid-friendly recipes is a great way to spend a day, and an opportunity to learn about the importance of hand hygiene in a hands-on way. And when all the washing is done, you and your little ones can enjoy the delicious fruits of your labours together.
Here are a selection of our favourite recipes for you and your family to enjoy!
Cooking for a big family is not always easy, nor is exciting children about vegetables. Our self-made muffin pizzas are super quick and easy to make and can be topped with everyone’s favourite toppings. You will need:
- 6 English muffins, split in half
- 200ml tomato passata or tomato sauce
- 1 pack of grated mozzarella cheese
- Sliced olives
- Chopped onions
- Salami or Ham
- Chopped peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Fresh basil leaves
1. Preheat the oven or grill to 180°C/Gas 4. Carefully cut each muffin in half and toast briefly in the toaster.
2. Spread some passata/tomato sauce over the top of each muffin and then top with your favourite toppings and sprinkle the mozzarella on at the end.
3. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or grill for 5-8 minutes until the cheese has melted.
4. Top with fresh basil if you like.
Rock Cakes with Raspberry Jam
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. You will need:
- 225g plain flour
- 100g cubed butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsps raisins
- 1 large egg
- 50g dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp milk
- 6 -8 heaped tsps. raspberry jam
Put all the ingredients except the jam into a large mixing bowl and using your hands, combine everything. Divide the mixture into six huge rock shaped cakes. Then using your thumb, make an indentation on the top of each one and put a heaped teaspoon of jam into it. Place the cakes onto a greased baking tray and pop into the oven for 15 mins. Leave to cool before eating, if you can wait!
Spaghetti and meatballs
You will need:
- 1lb minced beef
- 5 tbsps finely chopped parsley
- Finely grated zest of one lemon
- 2 oz freshly grated parmesan (optional)
- 1 egg beaten
- Salt and pepper
Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and using your hands mix all the ingredients into walnut sized balls. Put the spaghetti onto boil as per instuctions. Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a non-stick pan and gently fry them until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
For the spaghetti you will need:
- 2 tbsps tomato puree
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 3 tbsps of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
In a heavy based pan heat the oil, then add the garlic and cook until softened (don’t let it colour). Add the tomato puree and fry whilst stirring for a minute or so. Pour in 3-4 tablespoons of water and stir, then throw in the cooked spaghetti. Stir until it’s coated with the tomato mixture. Serve the spaghetti and meatballs with a little chopped parsley and parmesan.
Smoked salmon pate
You will need:
- 300g soft cream cheese
- 100 g chopped smoked salmon
- 1 tbsp creamed horseradish
- Zest of one lemon
- 2 tbsps of lemon juice
- Black pepper
- Chives to garnish
Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread onto heart shaped toast and sprinkle with chopped chives.
You will need:
For the dough
- 140g icing sugar (sieved)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg yolk
- 250g butter (unsalted)
- 375g plain flour (sieved)
- 200g icing sugar
- Drops of water or lemon juice
- Edible food colouring
- Cake decoration
1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
2. Mix the icing sugar, vanilla extract, egg yolk and butter (cut into small cubes) in a bowl of a food processor or stir together with a wooden spoon until ingredients are well combined. Slowly add flour and mix to a firm dough. Shape the dough into two flat discs, wrap in clingfilm and let it chill 20-30 minutes.
3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface (approximately 0.4cm thick). Cut out Christmassy shapes with a cutter and place on the baking tray. You can cut a small hole in the top of each cookie, if you like to hang them on your Christmas tree later. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden. Leave them on the tray for 10 minutes and (if possible) move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
4. Mix the icing sugar with a few drops of cold water or lemon juice until thick and smooth but still slightly runny. You can colour the icing with edible food colouring if you like. After spreading the icing on the cooled biscuits you can decorate them with edible balls, Smarties or all kinds of cake decoration.