If your children fancy doing some baking during their days at home, these easy-to-follow recipes from our friends at North Leeds Mumbler are sure to be a hit (and hopefully not too messy to clean up!)
Hedgehog Rolls – PREP: 20 MINS REST: 60 MINS COOK: 15 MINS
Image & recipe from Good Food Magazine
500g pack brown bread mix (you can buy from the flour or baking section of most supermarkets)
plain flour for dusting
6 flaked almonds
Make the bread mixture with the butter following pack instructions. It’s easiest to use a stand mixer but not difficult to do by hand. Leave the dough to rest for 5 mins, then knead for 5 mins.
Cut the dough into six pieces. Dust the surface with a little flour and shape each piece into a ball by rolling it between your hand. Now make it hedgehog-shaped by pulling one side out a little and squeezing it gently into a snout. Be quite firm or it will bounce back.
Put the hedgehogs on a baking sheet, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 1 hr.
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Using kitchen scissors (supervise younger children), carefully snip into the dough to make the spikes on the backs of the hedgehogs. Press raisins in for the eyes and push a flaked almond into the end of each snout.
Bake for 15 mins or until the rolls are risen and golden. Will keep for two days in an airtight container.
Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes – PREP: 30 MINS COOK: 30 MINS COOL: 60 MINS
Image & recipe from BBC Good Food Magazine
200g plain chocolate, under 70% cocoa solids is fine
200g light, soft brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g self-raising flour
Smarties, sweets and sprinkles, to decorate
For the icing
200g plain chocolate
100ml double cream, not fridge-cold
50g icing sugar
Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases. Gently melt the butter, chocolate, sugar and 100ml hot water together in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally, then set aside to cool a little while you weigh the other ingredients.
Stir the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Put the flour into a large mixing bowl, then stir in the chocolate mixture until smooth. Spoon into cases until just over three-quarters full (you may have a little mixture leftover), then set aside for 5 mins before putting on a low shelf in the oven and baking for 20-22 mins. Leave to cool.
For the icing, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Once melted, turn off the heat, stir in the double cream and sift in the icing sugar. When spreadable, top each cake with some and decorate with your favourite sprinkles and sweets.
Little Jam Tarts – PREP: 15 MINS COOK: 15 MINS
Image & recipe from the BBC Good Food Magazine
500g Just Roll ready made sweet shortcrust pastry
20 tsp jam (any flavour)
Roll out the shortcrust pastry on a lightly floured surface to just under the thickness of £1 coin. Stamp out 20 x 5cm circles using a pastry cutter and line 2 mini muffin tins with the circles (or make in 2 batches).
Prick each with a fork and spoon in 1 tsp jam (apricot, blackcurrant and strawberry all work well). Stamp out shapes from the leftover pastry to decorate the tarts, if you like. If you don’t have cutters, you can experiment by cutting round various objects with a knife. Always take care though!
Bake at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 12-15 mins, until the pastry is golden.
We’d love to hear your ideas for quick and easy baking recipes too. You can share them with us under the blog post in the Calderdale Mumbler Chat News Page, including any photos of how they turn out!