Do not be put off cooking with Anchors – they love it and are really quite competent with appropriate guidance and supervision. Here is a collection of five simple cooking activities that can be undertaken with Anchors. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR-31
• 110g (4 oz) Butter
• 110g (4 oz) Sugar
• 150g (5 oz) self-raising flour
• 1 medium egg (beaten)
• A little milk
• Bun Tins
• Paper cake cases
• Mixing bowl, egg whisk, mixing spoons, aprons
• Packet of frozen mini pizzas from the supermarket, one pizza per person
• Grated cheese
• Extra toppings i.e. small pieces of pineapple, slices of mushroom, chopped ham etc. Perhaps young people could bring their favourite toppings
• Baking trays
• Paper plates
• Kitchen roll/napkins
• White of one egg
• Mixing bowl
• 315 g (11 oz) of icing sugar
• Paper sweet cases
• Peppermint essence
• Baking boards
• Hand or electric whisk
• Plastic knives
• Packet Rich Tea or Digestive Biscuits
• Pre-mixed tubes of icing from the supermarket, in various colours
• Cake decorations (hundreds and thousands, chocolate sprinkles, cherries etc)
• Paper plates
• Cling film
• Marshmallows (enough for four or five for each person)
• Cooking chocolate
• Cocktail sticks
• Sweet paper cases
• A mixing bowl (which is larger in diameter then the pan)
• A pan of hot water
1 Cooking cakes
Aim: To cook fairy cakes Get the young people to work in twos and make 6 cakes between them. An adult must monitor the oven.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the beaten egg, stir in half the flour and one tablespoon of milk, then stir in the remaining flour, add another tablespoon of milk if required. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes at 160(C (Gas 3) until golden and springy. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
You could add chocolate chips or currents to the mixture.
2 Making Pizzas
Aim: To make mini pizzas These are great fun to do but very simple to do. An adult must monitor the oven.
Have enough mini pizzas for one boy; add extra grated cheese and toppings. Cook in a preheated oven following the manufacturers instructions. Remember to ask the young people to wash their hands after this activity and before they do anything else.
Once the pizzas are cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating.
3 Peppermint creams
Aim: To make peppermint creams using simple ‘cold cooking’
Using a hand or electric whisk, beat the egg white until frothy, make sure the bowl is dry before you start. Gradually beat in 200 g (7 oz) of the icing sugar and add a few drops of peppermint essence. Once it is nice and stiff, turn onto baking board and knead in remaining icing sugar. (Dreadfully messy, wear aprons – but great fun!).
Roll into a sausage 25mm in diameter, and slice into shapes using plastic knives. Lay sweets onto greaseproof paper to dry and put then into sweet cases. Alternatively, use plastic pastry cutters to make fancy shapes. As an alternative, you can add drinking chocolate powder to the mixture.
4 Decorating biscuits
Aim: To make decorated biscuits These are great fun to do but very simple.
Each boy to have two biscuits, decorate with icing (faces, clowns, animals, names, football team colours etc) and then add extra decorations. Leave to set whilst another activity takes place. Remember to ask the young people to wash their hands before they do anything else.
Once the icing is set, cover the paper plates in cling film so that the young people can take their biscuits home, unless they have eaten them already!
5 Marshmallow people
Aim: To make marshmallow faces – very messy but fun!
Break the chocolate into pieces, place in the mixing bowl over the pan of hot water until the chocolate melts. If the chocolate starts to set, put the bowl back over the pan of hot water. An adult should do this.
Carefully push a cocktail stick through the marshmallow and dip the end into the melted chocolate (for the hair). Dip a second stick into the chocolate and use like a pencil to draw a face. Put the marshmallow in the paper case and when the chocolate has hardened, remove the stick.
for full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack CR31