Or rather cooking with the aid of your children rather than the main ingredient! My eldest loves being in the kitchen and loves nothing better than making a mess either with washing up where we end up needing boats to clean up the kitchen gets so flooded (am sure the bowl of water multiples!) or covering the kitchen in a white mist while making scones with daddy!
Either way he loves it! So with pancake day arriving next week I thought I’d share with you our favourite (and less messy) recipes.
Of course one of the simplest and best if you have impatient kids is
Microwave in a cup cake
4 tbsp self raising (SR) flour
4 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 medium egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp vegetable/sunflower oil
A few drops vanilla or other essence (orange, peppermint etc)
Use the largest mug you have to avoid it overflowing in the microwave (if you dont have a large mug two mediums will do!)
Add the flour, sugar and cocoa powder to the mug and mix.
Add the egg to the mixture. Mix in as much as you can but don't worry if there's still dry mix left.
Add all the other ingredients apart from the chocolate chips etc (if you are adding) and mix until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and/or the nuts/raisins and mix well.
Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on high for 4-5 mins, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.
Watch it rise as it cooks!
Allow to cool for a few minutes.
Either eat out of mug or tip onto plate and serve with fruit, cream or ice cream.
1 ciabatta or French stick, sliced thickly
50g softened butter
1 clove garlic
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
Mix the butter with a crushed clove of garlic and a little chopped parsley.
Spread thinly on both sides of bread.
Bake on a baking sheet in a hot oven (200C/Gas 6) for 5-10 mins, or cook for few mins on each side under the grill, until lightly browned.
Pitta Bread Pizza
1 large white or wholemeal pitta bread
150g can baked beans in tomato sauce
25g/1oz cheese of choice that grates or crumbles and melts
Warm the pitta bread under a moderate grill and heat the beans through gently in a saucepan.
Pile the beans onto the pitta bread and crumble or grate the cheese over the top.
Grill until the cheese melts and starts to bubble.
The variations are endless! Instead of beans use a small tin of chopped tomatoes on the pitta bread. Try other tasty toppings with your cheese like flaked tuna and sweetcorn, mushrooms, and diced lean ham or turkey
Banana and Yoghurt Biscuits
130g/ 5 oz butter
130g/ 5 oz caster sugar
1 whole medium egg
1 ripe banana
280g/ 10 oz self-raising flour sieved
3 tablespoons natural yogurt
80g/ 3 oz raisins
To make Banana and Yoghurt Biscuits
Cream the butter and sugar
Add the egg slowly
Add the sliced banana and fork in/mix
Stir in the raisins if using them
Add the yogurt and mix
Add the sieved flour
Drop small spoonfuls on to a greased tray, leaving spaces between each one
Bake for 10-15 minutes-till firm, raised and light brown