I love to cook with my children – they usually bake cakes with me on a weekend and Miss Frugal especially is at the age now where she wants to be able to cook more independently in the kitchen. She often makes us tea and spends ages looking through her cookbooks (she has lots of children’s ones) choosing what she’s going to make us.
I think it’s so important to teach children how to cook and the best way is to start them young and get them to love cooking by baking yummy treats with them. I’m all for anything that encourages people to cook with their children so I’m really pleased that I’ve been asked to be one of three blogger judges for a Cook with your kids competition where you can win a fantastic range cooker worth £995!
It’s really easy to enter – you just have to cook with your children!
The messier and yummier the better but simple is good too, it’s all about getting them in the kitchen enjoying themselves. You can find all of the competition details here over at the Range Cookers competition page.
As a judge I can’t enter, which is a shame because I would LOVE that cooker, but I’ve been baking with my two this weekend so I thought I’d share it with you anyway as an idea of what we’re looking for….
Nana’s Jam Buns
This is one of our favourite recipes to cook together – it’s even easier than fairy cakes and even thought they sound really simple and plain, they are actually delicious. There is an ongoing debate in our house as to whether they’re actually buns or if they should be renamed ‘Nana’s Jam Cakes’.
200g self raising flour
75g butter or margarine
Milk to bind it together
Jam to blob in
- Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine(ish) breadcrumbs. This can take a while when little hands are doing this bit so you might like to sit at the table and have a cuppa while you wait!
- Then stir the sugar into the breadcrumb mix.
- Slowly add milk until the mixture combines into a sticky dough. I can’t say a set amount as it varies every time we make this but if you add the milk slowly you should be OK – if you add too much and the mixture gets a bit too sticky then you can just add a bit of extra flour to firm it up again. This is the best part of making the buns apparently as you ‘get to get squidgy’.
- Roll into balls and pop on to a baking tray – we used a silicone mold but you can just as easily put them on a greased baking tray.
- Flatten each one slightly and then use your thumb to make a well in the top of each bun. Make sure you emphasise the word slightly – I went to answer the phone and came back to nine pancakes and we had to re-do them all.
- Add a small blob of jam to each bun – not too much or it will bubble over.
- Bake them in the oven at 180 c for about 15 minutes. They’re ready when they are just starting to go golden brown.
I’m trying to figure out if we could use Nutella instead of jam and make some sort of chocolatey version replacing some of the flour with cocoa – I think that might be an experiment for next weekend
What’s your favourite thing to cook with your children?