Welcome to Blogtober Day 23! Today I thought we would mix things up a little and look at some recipes, I can potentially do with my favourite little humans.
Autumn is a great time to spend with the family. There’s lots of fun to be had, whether it’s going on walks in the countryside or making some delicious treats together. Here are some fun things you can do with kids this autumn that don’t involve playing outside:
Apple cookie bites
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened (do not soften in the microwave)
2 eggs, beaten lightly
3 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces. Use any kind of apple you want! You can also add raisins or nuts if you like.
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a soft dough. Roll out chunks of dough on a floured surface until they are about ½ inch thick and cut them into bite-sized squares (think “cookies”). Place these on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart from each other so that they will expand when baked—but not too far apart or else some sides may burn before others cook through! Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Cool completely before eating; store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week after baking
Bake a loaf of bread
Bread is one of the oldest and most versatile foods on the planet, and it’s also a great way to introduce kids to cooking. Bread-making is an easy and satisfying activity that can be done with children of all ages. It doesn’t take long to make bread from scratch, but there are several things you’ll need before you begin:
- flour (1 cup)
- salt (½ teaspoon)
- yeast (2 teaspoons)
- Oils/fats (1 tablespoon)
- Water (3 cups).
Make pumpkin muffins
- Canned pumpkin is the easiest way to make these muffins. You can use a pie pumpkin, but it will be more work and you’ll need to strain out the pulp and seeds.
- Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or allspice to taste.
- Buy a muffin pan—they’re really useful! Kids love using them because they’re so easy to clean up after baking (and so much fun).
Cook some flapjacks from scratch
If you have a griddle pan, microwave or electric frying pan, then you can make flapjacks from scratch.
- Using a griddle pan: Heat the griddle over medium heat until it’s nice and hot. Put in small spoonfuls of the mixture (about 2 tablespoons) and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. They should be cooked through when tapped with your finger – if still soft then they need more time on the stovetop!
- Using a frying pan: Turn on your stovetop to medium heat and add some butter or oil to the pan (not too much as this will stop them from crisping up). When it’s melted, add spoonfuls of the mixture – about 2 tablespoons should do it! Cook for about 1 minute on each side until golden brown before flipping over again so that both sides are cooked evenly. The flapjack should feel firm when gently pressed with your finger – if still soft then they need more time in the pan!
Bake sausage rolls
To make these delicious little treats, you will need:
- 1lb of sausage meat
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
- 1 egg yolk beaten with a splash of water
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
You can do lots of fun activities with kids during the autumn.
Autumn is a great time for kids to get involved in baking. It’s easy to make gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan recipes that are healthy too.
- Make pumpkin pie from scratch
- Make pumpkin bread
- Bake muffins or cakes with autumn fruit such as pears, apples or cranberries
If you want to do some cooking activities with your kids then why not try making:
- Homemade soup
- Brownies or apple crumble (you can even make both!)
You might also like to try gardening activities such as planting seeds or bulbs in the garden. If you have an allotment then this could be the perfect opportunity for them too!
Autumn is a great time of year to get kids in the kitchen. It’s a fun way for them to explore some new tastes and learn about the world around them, so if you’re looking for some new baking ideas with kids in mind, give these simple recipes a go!
What is your go-to recipe this autumn?