From the Den Kitchen–cooking with kids

Miss K, now all of 3 1/2, has decided she loves to cook. She’s done cooking at day care – Anzac biscuits, honey joys, gingerbread men. She’s even talked me into teaching her how to make cupcakes, which she took to day care. It’s a nice simple recipe – chuck everything in the food processor, whizz, put in cupcake cases and cook. Simple enough that a 3 yo can do it (& yes she can work the food processor once I’ve put the mixer blade in and put the lid on).

Simple raspberry cupcakes*

  • 100 g Butter, at room temperature, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Self-raising Flour
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Frozen Raspberries, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C or 150°C fan and line 12 medium muffin tins with paper cases.
  2. Put all your ingredients, except the raspberries, in the food processor and mix til combined.
  3. Add raspberries and pulse til mixed through (you don’t want the raspberries to mush up too much).
  4. Spoon into prepared cases. Bake for 20 mins, or until the cakes are springy to a light touch. Leave in tin for 5 mins, then lift out onto a wire rack to cool.
  5. When cool ice with your favourite buttercream icing (or leave plain – totally up to you)

* Not my recipe and I can’t remember where I got it from

Another great recipe I’ve taught Miss K to make is Shortbread. I’ve simplified the recipe – I now do the mixing in the food processor then roll out, cut & bake.

Today we made rocky road. Nice and easy. Measure, melt chocolate and mix. Only did a half batch cause I needed some of the chocolate for another recipe.

Rocky Road

  • 400g melting chocolate
  • 250g marshmallows
  • 200g lolly snakes
  • 80g coconut
  1. Melt chocolate either in a double boiler or in microwave stirring every 15-30 secs til smooth
  2. Roughly chop snakes & marshmallows and add marshmallows, snakes & coconut & mix through.
  3. Pour into baking dish or patty papers and pop into fridge to set

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