Saturday, 11 January 2014

KIds in the Kitchen

There's been quite a bit of cooking going on around here these last few days, so I thought I'd share a couple of our favourite recipes with you. Favourite recipes with the children - for them to cook and eat. They both feature oats too, but not in a hugely healthy way I'm afraid!

First up, Chewy Apricot & Chocolate Cereal Bars.

This recipe is from Annabel Karmel's 'Feeding your baby & toddler', a book I bought when Sam was a baby. Just a slight variation on the standard Crispy Cakes, making them a little more nutritious.

150g oats
50g puffed rice (rice crispies!)
100g dried apricots (chopped)
100g butter
125g golden syrup
85g plain chocolate

Melt the butter and syrup in a small saucepan over a gentle heat, add the chocolate and stir till melted.
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the chocolate mixture and stir until everything is well coated.
Pour into a shallow tin and press down evenly, then pop in the fridge to set.

Maria enjoyed making these yesterday, as you might have seen in the photo!

And here they are ready to eat...

They didn't last long!

Next up, Walnut Oat Biscuits.

I got this recipe from a friend, so I'm afraid I'm not sure where it's from originally, and sorry, but you'll have to put up with it in 'ozs' not metric.

4oz butter, softened
3oz light muscovado sugar
1 egg
2oz oats
2oz walnuts, finely chopped
3oz plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees

Theo helped me with these today, his favourite part is bashing the nuts into little bits with a kitchen hammer!

Theme of the week is blurry photos!

Beat the butter and sugar together.
Mix in the egg, oats, nuts, flour and baking powder and combine well. Then drop spoonfuls of the mix onto a lined baking tray, leave a bit of space around each and press down very slightly.
Put them in the oven for 15 minutes until golden.

These are great with cheese, I don't quite know why they work, especially as they have just a hint of sweetness about them, but they do really work - you have to try them!

That's it for today. Hope you all have a great weekend, Sally.

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