Children / Cooking and Baking

Kids in The Kitchen: Inspire Your Own Mini Masterchefs!

 

Cooking is a great way to foster your children’s creativity. Make the kitchen a fun place for the kids and teach them about food, where the things they eat come from and how the ingredients come together to achieve the end result

Focus on easy recipes with simple tasks, where they can use their hands and non-sharp utensils. For the more complicated recipes focus on involving the kids more in food preparation.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce

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Chocolate sauce is easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 x block of milk chocolate (roughly 200g)
  • 1 x heaped tbsp. of smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cream

Method:

Step1

Let the kids break the chocolate up into small pieces, after they’ve finished roughly chop the pieces up.

Step 2

Place the chopped up chocolate and cream into a preheated saucepan over low to mid heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. (Stirring is a simple task that the kids can do, just make sure to supervise while over a hot stove)

(Hint: to prevent burning try using a Double Wall Melting Pan for best results)

Step 3

Once melted stir in the peanut butter, you’ll find that this thickens the mixture, so if necessary you can balance it out by adding some hot water (only a little bit at a time)

Step 4

Pour the sauce into a jug and serve hot. Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream.

(Hint: For no spills try an Easy-Pour measuring jug)

Easy Pizzas

A great dish that the kids can decorate themselves, and even pick some of their own ingredients!

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Pizza is always a hit with the little ones!

Ingredients:

  • Lebanese Bread or wraps (for Pizza Base)
  • Mozzarella cheese – grated
  • Sliced Ham
  • Tomato Paste/”Pizza Sauce”
  • Mushrooms – chopped
  • Tomatoes – chopped
  • Green Capsicum –chopped
  • Red Onions – chopped

Step 1

Lay the Lebanese bread flat on non-stick oven trays and spread the Tomato Paste over the surface using spoons. Make sure to get an even spread and encourage the kids to spread in large, slow circles.

Step 2

Make sure the cheese is grated and vegetables chopped before you start, so you can have them in bowls ready for the kids to put on their bases. Let them pick and choose their own vegetables, while decorating their pizzas. Take the sliced ham and tear it into smaller pieces to place on the topping.

(Handy Hint: For safe chopping with the kids, try using an Easy Chopper, keeping their little fingers away from sharp blades)

Step 3

Once the toppings are done, place them in a preheated oven at 180⁰C (keeping the pizzas on their trays). Cook for 8-12mins.

Step 4

When done, transfer the pizzas from tray to cutting board (using oven mits and a large spatula). Cut each pizza into 6 even slices using a pizza cutter and get ready to eat!

(Hint: these Jumbo Non-Stick Spatulas are perfect for lifting pizzas without damaging the base or the tray)

Oven-Baked Wedges

Wedges are so easy to do

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 large potatoes
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 200⁰C for 15-20minutes.  Brush and peel the potatoes with the kids and then cut them yourself into wedges – finger width is ideal. Rinse under water and pat dry using tea towels.

(Hint: Use the Vegetable Brush and Peeler for easy peeling with the kids, avoiding dangerous knives)

Step 2

Grease a large non-stick baking tray with olive oil and toss sea salt and paprika. Lay them flat in a single layer – you may need to use 2 trays to prevent overcrowding. Bake for 50 mins until golden brown, turning every 20mins. They should finish crispy outside, light and fluffy inside.

(Hint: Try a herb and spice shaker for even distribution of paprika and even try your own spice mix!)

Step 3

Serve with your choice of sweet chili + sour cream, aioli, or good old-fashioned tomato sauce and enjoy!

Cooking with kids is an educational fun experience, giving them valuable tools they will have for life.  So grab the little ones, head to the kitchen and let them help cook up a storm!

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