Our Cooking Recipes

We aim to bake twice each half term, usually one savoury and one sweet recipe.

The children take turns to do their cooking activity over the course of a week. Please feel free to ask which day your child will be cooking.

After washing their hands the children write their names on a label – this goes on their bag, then they take turns to weigh the ingredients, mix and shape etc. [dependant on what we are cooking - more details in the Activities at home sheets or in the Newsletter.

If your child has an allergy to any of the ingredients we do our best to adjust the recipe if possible after consultation with the parents. Please note this is unfortunately not always possible.

A few of our favourite recipes are listed below:

Carrot cake muffins

Ingredients

  • 250g grated carrots

  • 150g melted butter or oil

  • 2 large free-range eggs

  • 200g soft brown or caster sugar

  • 200g SR flour

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tbsp milk

Method

  1. Oven at 180 c.

  2. Melted butter, carrots and sugar in a bowl – mix well.

  3. Break eggs into a separate bowl – beat then add to the mixture.

  4. Sieve dry ingredients into the mix and beat until smooth

  5. Stir in the milk

  6. Spoon into cake or muffin cases

  7. Bake for approx. 20 mins – firm to touch.

Chocolate muffins

Ingredients

  • 125g plain flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1tsp baking soda

  • 1tbspn cocoa powder

  • 75g chocolate chips

  • 45ml vegetable oil

  • 125ml milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190°c

  2. Line tin with muffin cases

  3. Place all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder/soda, cocoa, sugar, chocolate chips)into a large bowl & mix,

  4. In separate jug/bowl mix all wet ingredients (oil, milk, egg, vanilla extract)

  5. Spoon into cases

  6. Cook for approx 15-20mins

Flapjacks

Ingredients

  • 300 g Butter

  • 185 g Demerara sugar

  • 375 g Porridge oats

  • 1 ½ tbsp golden syrup

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180°C

  2. Line baking tray

  3. Place the margarine, sugar and syrup in a saucepan and melt together over a low heat

  4. Remove from heat and stir in porridge oats

  5. Spread evenly in the tray and cook in the oven for about 20 minutes

  6. Once cooked, remove from oven and leave to stand for 5 mins, then cut into squares.

The recipe may be altered by adding the following ingredients :-

Cherries, Raisins, Chocolate chips, Marshmallows, Dried fruit, Smarties

Cheese straws/shapes

Ingredients

  • 200 g Self Raising flour

  • pinch salt

  • pinch mustard powder

  • 100g Margarine

  • 150g Mature (red) Cheddar, grated

  • 1 medium egg, beaten

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180°C.

  2. Mix together the flour, salt and mustard.

  3. Rub in the margarine.

  4. Stir in the cheese and add sufficient egg to make stiff dough.

  5. Roll out thinly and cut into strips/shapes, or flatten & shape with hands.

  6. Place onto a lined baking tray,

  7. Bake for 10-15 mins.

Chocolate easter nests

Ingredients

  • 1 Block of cooking chocolate (100 g)

  • 50 g Margarine

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup

  • Rice Krispies or cornflakes or 3-4 shredded wheat

  • Bun cases

  • Mini eggs

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or microwave

  2. Remove from heat and stir in the margarine and golden syrup

  3. Stir in the Rice Krispies/ Cornflakes/ shredded wheat a little at a time until they are coated in chocolate mixture and no liquid chocolate is left.

  4. Spoon into the bun cases, add mini eggs and then put in the fridge to set.

Gingerbread biscuits/people

Ingredients

  • 350 g plain flour

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 100 g butter/marg

  • 175 g soft brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tbspn golden syrup

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C

  2. Mix together flour, spices & bicarbonate of soda

  3. Rub in butter until it looks like breadcrumbs

  4. Add sugar

  5. In separate bowl mix egg & syrup – then add to dry ingredients

  6. Mix until forms a dough

  7. Tip onto floured surface & knead for a minute until smooth

  8. Flatten with hands (don not use rolling pins too sticky), cut using gingerbread man cutters

  9. Lay on lined baking trays

  10. Decorate with currents and glace cherries (optional)

  11. Cook for 10-15 mins until golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool.

Mince pies

Ingredients

  • 350 g plain flour

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 100 g butter/marg

  • 175 g soft brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tbspn golden syrup

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C

  2. Mix together flour, spices & bicarbonate of soda

  3. Rub in butter until it looks like breadcrumbs

  4. Add sugar

  5. In separate bowl mix egg & syrup – then add to dry ingredients

  6. Mix until forms a dough

  7. Tip onto floured surface & knead for a minute until smooth

  8. Flatten with hands (don not use rolling pins too sticky), cut using gingerbread man cutters

  9. Lay on lined baking trays

  10. Decorate with currents and glace cherries (optional)

  11. Cook for 10-15 mins until golden brown, remove from oven and allow to cool.

Mini Savoury Tarts

Ingredients

  • Ready roll puff pastry

  • Feta cheese

  • 1-2 Eggs

  • Splash of milk

  • Sun dried tomatoes

  • 3-4 Basil leaves

Method

  1. Unroll puff pastry sheet

  2. Cut into circles - using circle cutters [jam tart size]

  3. Place circles into the tray

  4. In a separate bowl add chopped tomatoes

  5. Crumbled up feta and add to bowl

  6. Tear up basil leaves and add.

  7. Break an egg into a cup mix with small amount of milk - whisk and add to other ingredients and mix.

  8. Spoon mixture into pastry cases

  9. Bake at 180 [fan] for 10-15 minutes until rises and edges slightly golden

  10. Remove from tin to cool and Enjoy.

  11. Ingredients can be varied according to personal taste.

Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 250g Plain flour

  • 75g caster sugar

  • 175g butter

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160°C – line baking tins

  2. Mix flour and sugar in a bowl

  3. rub in butter

  4. knead well to form a smooth paste

  5. Roll out gently or flatten with hands, cut using desired shape cutters

  6. Place on baking tray and bake for 20-25 mins

Easy bread

Ingredients

  • 500g  strong flour

  • 2 tsps easy bake  yeast

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2-3 tblsp oil

  • 160ml water mixed with 160ml milk – lukewarm

Method

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

  2. Warm the milk and water and stir into the bowl using a knife.

  3. When the mixture forms a ball put onto a hard oiled surface.

  4. Knead the mixture well for 10 minutes using the oil to keep the dough from sticking too the worktop and your fingers.

  5. After 10 minutes kneading, either shape into an oblong or make into 8 large or 16 small rolls thenplace on a tray lined with baking parchment.

  6. Leave to prove at room temperature for about 45 minutes.

  7. Bake at 190 [fan]

  8. 25 minutes – loaf

  9. 10-15 minutes – rolls.

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