Aim: To teach children some basic cooking techniques and recipes. Cooking with children is a good way to help them develop healthy eating habits. Most children enjoy helping in the kitchen and helps them to see that they are able to help cook delicious treats. Taken from the BB Junior Pro Pack CR-2-1
Recipe for children working as a pair (2 apples each);
• 4 Granny Smith apples
• 200g golden caster sugar
• ½ tsp vinegar
• 2 tbsp golden syrup
• Wooden Skewers (per apple)
• Measuring Jug
• Baking Paper
The following recipe is for a group of 3 to make a pie each:
• 500g puff pastry plus flour for dusting
• 250g diced meat (chicken / beef)
• Vegetables (as required for fillings, each child can choose)
• 6 tbsp double cream
• 1tsp Dijon mustard
• 1 egg, beaten
• Oil (or brushing)
• Rolling Pin
• Mixing Spoon
To make the batter you will need the following:
• 100g (4oz) plain flour
• 1 egg
• 300m1 (1/2 pint) milk
• Optional pinch salt
• Fillings (as required — see list of suggestions below)
• Oil (for frying)
• Frying Pan
Activity 1 - Toffee Apples
Aim: Creating the very best Toffee Apples!
• Place the apples in a bowl, then cover with boiling water. This will remove the waxy coating and help the caramel to stick. Dry thoroughly and twist off any stalks.
• Push a wooden skewer or lolly stick into the stalk end of each apple.
• Lay out a sheet of baking paper and place the apples on this, close to your stovetop.
• Tip the sugar into a pan along with 100.-ni water and set over a medium heat Cook for 5 mins until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Set a sugar thermometer in the pan and boil to 140C or ‘hard crack stage. If you don’t have a thermometer you can test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden instantly and. when removed, be brittle and easy to break. If you can still squish the toffee, continue to boil it
• Working quickly and carefully, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered, let any excess drip away, then place on the baking parchment to harden. You may have to heat the toffee a little if the temperature drops and it starts to feel thick and viscous.
• Leave the toffee to cool before eating.
Activity 2 - Pies, Pies, Pies
Aim: To make a pie, choosing choice of meat and vegetables.
Turn the oven on to 180C/16OC fan/gas 4.
• Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and trim to make a rectangle about 24 x 36cm.
• Cut the pastry in half, lengthways, then cut each half into 3 equal squares, about 12cm along each side, using a small knife or scissors.
• Push each square into the oiled tin, making sure it is pushed right into the edges
• Use scissors or a small knife to cut the chicken into strips, then cut into chunks. Put chunks in a bowl. Add the sweetcorn, peas, cream and mustard. Mix together.
• Divide mixture between the pies. Fold the tops of the pies over roughly and press together. Don’t worry if they don’t cover all the filling.
• Brush the pastry with the beaten egg. Put them in the oven (a leader should do this) for 35 minutes or until they brown and the filling bubbles.
Activity 3 Pancakes Galore
• Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Add the egg and beat well. Then add the milk gradually and beat to make a smooth batter.
• Heat a little oil in a large frying pan until hot and then pour enough bailer to thinly coat the base of the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes each side.
• Add your choice of filling (some examples of fillings below).
Some ideas of fillings are:
Sweet fillings: chocolate spread, lemon, sugar, strawberries, bananas, golden syrup, sprinkles, ice cream, honey, apples & cinnamon, marshmallows, cherries.
Savoury fillings: cheese, ham, spinach, tomatoes.
Pancake Cafe — Following on from this activity you could run a Pancake Cafe as a fundraising
activity. Let the children make pancakes for family, friends and supporters.