School Holiday Baking: 4 Simple Recipes For An Afternoon At Home
If you’re trying to brainstorm inexpensive activities to do with your kids during the school holidays, cooking together may just be the perfect way to spend an afternoon. The team at The Little Cook have brainstormed our four favourite school holiday recipes guaranteed to be enjoyed by the whole family. So, it’s time to bust out the kid’s rolling pins; it’s baking time
Mini Apple Pies
Who doesn’t love a warm apple pie with a bit of ice cream on the side? Here’s an easy recipe for delicious homemade mini apple pies you can make with the kids.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 190 degrees and grab a muffin or cupcake mould tin.
Step 2: Combine 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ⅔ cups of butter. Combine it all in a food processor. Add 4 tablespoons of water and blend it until it’s just sticking together.
Step 3: Take the mixture out and knead it by hand. The little ones are going to love this part.
Step 4: With their rolling pin for kids, have the children roll out the pastry until it’s around 1cm thick.
Step 5: Cut 10cm circles out of the pastry to line the cupcake mould, pressing the pastry down to create little bowls in the tin.
Step 6: In a large bowl, combine 5 peeled and diced apples, ¾ cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 6 tablespoons of flour, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Mix it all by hand.
Step 7: Spoon the filling into the little pastry bowls you created in your silicone cupcake moulds.
Step 8: Using the leftover crust, cover the pies however you’d like. You can even use your kid’s cookie cutter to create fun designs on top.
Step 9: Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is brown and the apples are bubbling.
Step 10: Cool them on a tray and serve with ice cream.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
The regular old round cookies are so overdone; why not create cookies in fun, exciting shapes? The Little Cook stocks several cookie cutters in a vast range of shapes and sizes, so you can get creative.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180-degrees and line a couple of trays with baking paper.
Step 2: In a large bowl, mix 125g of butter, ½ cup of white sugar, ½ cup of brown sugar, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Step 3: Add 1 egg, 1 ¾ cups of self-raising flour, and ¼ teaspoon of salt, mixing it all together thoroughly.
Step 4: Add 150g of milk chocolate chips and mix them through.
Step 5: Begin rolling the cookie mix into tablespoon-sized balls. Using the child’s rolling pin, have the kids roll the dough out big enough for the cookie stamp or cookie cutter. Cut the desired shapes, each time adding the discarded cookie dough to the next dough ball.
Step 6: Bake for 8-12 minutes.
Step 7: Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10-20 minutes.
Step 8: Serve with milk and enjoy!
If you grew up in the 90s and early 00s, there’s a good chance you enjoyed chocolate crackles at birthday parties. They were a childhood favourite of many Aussie children, and now you can share the magic with your children. Here’s the super simple recipe.
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of Kellogg’s Rice Bubbles, 1 cup of icing sugar, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, and 1 cup of desiccated coconut.
Step 2: Slowly melt 250g of copha in a saucepan over low heat. Allow it to cool slightly before adding it to the Rice Bubbles mixture. Combine it all well.
Step 3: Spoon the mixture into paper cupcake cases and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Step 4: Serve alongside other Aussie party snacks!
Homemade Ice Cream
Ice cream is the perfect treat for the long summer holidays, and it tastes so much sweeter when it’s all homemade.
Step 1: Put 400ml of sweetened condensed milk in the fridge to let it cool.
Step 2: Using a hand-mixer with a whisk attachment, whip 2 cups of cold heavy whipping cream on a medium/high speed until soft peaks form.
Step 3: Pour the condensed milk into the cream and turn the whisk speed onto high. Whip it until stiff peaks form and then stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Step 4: If you have any flavours you’d like to create, add them in now.
Step 6: Remove from the ice cream mould into a bowl and serve for dessert.
For Kids Rolling Pins and Other Utensils, Head To The Little Cook
The Little Cook is an Australian business passionate about getting kids into cooking. We adore passing on our knowledge and love for cooking with our kids, so we provide a vast range of kid’s cooking utensils, and kids chef sets so you can do the same with yours. We’re renowned for selling high-quality, safe, and easy-to-use kids baking equipment, and we love seeing the little ones in action. We value our customers greatly, so if there’s anything you can’t see on our online store, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us. We’ll try our best to source it from one of our fantastic suppliers. Otherwise, have a browse online for kid’s rolling pins, ice cream moulds, and silicone cupcake moulds today.We can’t wait to see what your little ones create!