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Easy Peasy Blackcurrant Lollies

16 Jul

We are very lucky to have some gorgeous black currants at the moment. We only have one bush but it produces plenty of sweet juicy currants that the whole family love. We had a few too many for us to eat this year so I searched for some ideas of what to make with them and came across this recipe on the Channel 4 Website

I tweaked the recipe a bit, I pureed the black currants for a long time and didn’t bother with the sieving part. I also added slightly less castor sugar but more icing sugar because that was what I had in the cupboard! Anyway, they came out delicious and rather than tasting just like a fruit lolly I think they are more like a sorbet.  I might have to go out and buy some more black currants as the children are asking for more lollies!

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Our favourite child-friendly baking recipe

22 Mar

I used to do a lot more baking with Lily before Thomas was born.  Once I had two children in the kitchen fighting over a bag of flour it just seemed to become a lot more stressful and the clean up operation afterwards took twice as long!

Now he is 3, I feel like we can get back into baking again and I’ve discovered the easiest thing to make with them is rock buns! They are so easy to make (even I can get this right) and it’s a real hands-on recipe for them which they love helping with.  You don’t need to get out an electric mixer or spend ages hand mixing and it takes very little time to do, meaning we can finish making them before they get bored

There is plenty of opportunity to get their hands in with the ingredients, feeling the different textures and seeing first hand how the ingredients change when they play with them. Finally, I love the fact that the dough can just be moulded in their hands and put onto the baking tray without all the sticky mess.

Here is the recipe we use for Rock Buns

100g (4 oz) butter or margarine

225g (8 oz) plain flour

10ml (2 level tsp) baking powder

2.5 ml (1/2 level tsp) ground mixed spice

100g (4 oz) Demerara sugar

100g (4 oz) mixed dried fruit

1 egg, beaten

about 5 ml (1 tsp) milk (optional)

Start off by greasing two baking sheets.  Rub the fat into the flour, baking powder and spice until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Stir in the sugar and fruit. Make a well in the centre, pour in the egg and a little milk if needed, to give a stiff crumbly consistency.

Bind together loosely using a fork.

Use your hands to make rough heaps of mixture and place them on the greased baking sheet.

Bake in the oven at 200 degrees (400 f), gas mark 6 for 15 – 20 mins.

Delicious eaten warm and fresh or pop them into lunch boxes the next day.  These work really well with gluten-free flour by they way!

Lily and Thomas working on our latest batch of Rock Buns!

What recipes do your children enjoy making?