27/10/2015

Simple Savoury Biscuit Recipe -PLUS: Make It With Kids


Cooking with a 2 and 4 year old is like swallowing an insanity pill that's been deep fried in chaos.
Just like craft time, you know no matter how well prepared you are, the ceiling will need to be mopped afterwards.
But.... and with kids, there's always a but.... we have to something with them to keep their little minds occupied and their hands away from deadly weapons. 

For Mr.4, today's cooking activity was perfectly age appropriate. For Miss2, not so much but live and learn right? 
She had a ball all the same and it was all worth it all when my son proudly presented me with a headless chicken.


There's really only one response you can give your son, as he beams up at you with that decapitated chock in his hands, you beam proudly back and carefully place it on the tray next to the man with one arm and one leg.


Savoury Cheese Biscuits



180g butter, melted
100g grated tasty cheese
50g grated parmesan cheese

250g plain flour

1 ½ teaspoons fresh or dried herbs of your choice.

• Combine all ingredients.
• Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour.
• Preheat oven to 180°C/ 356°F.
• Flatten the dough to 2mm thickness.
• Cut desired shapes with a biscuit cutter.
• Place shapes on a baking tray
• Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.



Cooking craft with kids

You will need to make the dough an hour ahead  of time, divide into separate balls for each child and set aside in the fridge.

What you will need:


•Choose a bench or table with plenty space that the children can easily work on. (We use the dining room table)
•You could use a large dough mat or plastic placemats* work brilliantly and allow them to work independently reducing the chances of arguments.
*Squares of baking paper will work if you don't have mats.
•You will need extra flour to keep the dough sticking to the mats.
Rolling pin/s 
Shape cutters We used playdoh cutters (washed well first or course). Avoid complex shapes with narrow sections, dough is soft and will not hold together in thin areas.
•Have a baking tray ready to put each shape on as they are cut.
Possibly the most important requirements: Make sure you are prepared with plenty patience and the ability to overlook imperfection.
Sure, the chicken might be headless, the
circles might look more like ovals and the little man might be missing some limbs.
This is not dinner party prep, it's play time. Let go, have fun, mop later.

What do you enjoy making with your kids?

Need some tips to help you stay sane while cooking with kids? Kidgredients has it covered HERE

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