School holidays are upon us again! Time to get busy in the kitchen and rustle up some culinary delights with our little helpers…
For those readers who are already in the thick of the school holiday activity search, here is a handy list of some of my (and Kipper’s) favourite kid-friendly recipes. They are all relatively simple to make, and give yummy results. You might not necessarily want to hand over the ingredients and leave the children to it, but once they can weigh and measure, older children can probably manage at least some of these with very little intervention.
Aprons at the ready! Let’s get cooking!
1. These 3-ingredient nutella cupcakes are a doddle to make, and pretty much foolproof. Also, delicious to eat. Even culinarily-challenged children should be able to measure, mix and dollop. Yummy results guaranteed. (If you don’t fancy cupcakes, try the 3-ingredient nutella shortbread instead!)
2. What could be cuter than a teddy bear cuddle cookie? Use the mixer to make the dough, then let the children loose with the rolling pin, cutters and nuts. If you don’t fancy teddies you can cut out whatever shape you like. Light, flavoursome vanilla cookies, perfect with a glass of milk. (Or how about some spiced honey shortbread – just right for Halloween.)
3. Fancy something savoury? French toast pizza rolls require a little more dexterity but would be a great project for older kids who can be trusted with a hot frying pan. These make a fabulous lunch, brunch or supper.
4. Whatever the weather, how about some fruity frozen treats! Only one of them is ‘almost instant’, unfortunately, but the others are definitely worth the wait while they freeze into fabulousness. No added sugar in any of these. Hurrah!
5. Little fingers are just the right size to put blueberries into baking cups, to make these scrumptiously fruity blueberry-orange upside-down cakes. If you’d rather avoid the sugar, try naturally sweet banana & blueberry muffins instead. (Who cares if a few blueberries get gobbled up along the way?)
6. School holiday lunchtimes can be fun, and pretty, when you make flower toast aka ‘egg in the basket’. Older children can fry this themselves, while younger ones can supervise the toasting, do the cutting out, and maybe even try breaking an egg into a glass.
7. More cookies? Oh, go on then. Kids love making thumbprints and spooning jam, which is just what’s needed for these flower thumbprint cookies.
8. And these cocoa nib chocolate chip cookies are full of flavour, not to mention chocolate, and jolly good fun to make.
9. One of Kipper’s favourite dinners is DIY flatbread pizza. Give the children a selection of toppings and let them create their own combinations. This could even be a sneaky way to encourage vegetable consumption! If your kids are super keen they can even make their dough from scratch using this recipe.
10. And finally, cake, sprinkles and jam are all you need to make cheat’s truffle cake pops. In the recipe I use Pesach (Passover) cake, but any ready-made cake will do. You can substitute cream cheese for some or all of the jam if you want to make it a bit healthier. Enjoy!
There are plenty more recipes here on family-friends-food that children with a little kitchen confidence, or a helpful parent, could happily attempt, like these omelette muffin bites, sweet quesadillas, or flourless potato gnocchi (which Kipper had a lot of fun rolling out and marking with a fork). Have a browse and get inspired. Plus, here are some great ideas from other bloggers:
Have a great holiday! You can clean the kitchen once school starts again….