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Bitesize Pizzas Recipe!

One of my nanny charges (6 year old) favourite foods is pepperoni pizza! He likes to do activities with me after school so I planned on making some bitesize pizzas with him. Plus they would some tasty snacks!

Ingredients for bitesize pizzas:

  • Wraps
  • Tomato puree
  • Cheese
  • Ham

You could add a variety of different stuff though! You could use pepperoni, peppers, tomatoes, chicken, sweetcorn or mushrooms. My nanny charge is just a bit fuzzy with his food!

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c
  2. We used a small drinking cup to cut out small circles out of the wraps. Pop to circles into a muffin baking tray.
  3. Spoon some tomato puree onto the pizzas and using the back of the spoon, spread around.
  4. Grate some cheese and sprinkle it on top of the pizzas
  5. Add your toppings! As you can see we only used chopped ham. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any mini pepperoni.
  6. Pop the bitesize pizzas into the preheated oven and cook for 10-12 minutes
  7. Enjoy!

These bitesize pizzas are great snacks. They could be popped into the children’s lunch boxes for school too.

We didn’t actually pre grease the baking trays beforehand but as you can see they still came out fine!


These are so great as you can make them so different each time or but a variety of different flavours during each batch!

They turned out so yummy! Especially when they are still nice and warm. We may have left ours in there for an extra couple of minutes. Hence the tiny bits of burnt cheese!

These are really quick to make, they took about 10 minutes to prep and 10-12 minutes to cook. So roughly 22 minutes in total!

If you like this recipe why don’t you take a look at the others? Such as our mashed potato muffins or jam tarts.

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Dairy Free Banana Bread Recipe

On Monday I was with the trio and the three year old and I did some baking. The three year old is going dairy free this week due to him having a constant cold! His mum wants to see if going dairy free helps him. So we made some dairy free banana bread (also to use up the old bananas!)

I like to set up all the ingredients and bits we need first to hand when I bake with kids – trust me it’s so much easier! See below what you need…

Dairy Free Banana Bread Recipe

You need:

  • 3 bananas – the riper the better!
  • 1 cup of soft brown sugar
  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Sultanas (or you can use raisins or other dried fruit – my mum has added apple pieces before!)

Method

  1. First you need to mash the bananas in a large bowl using a fork
  2. Then you need to add the sugar to the bananas and mix well
  3. Next add the eggs and mix all together – it will be very runny! 
  4. Fold in the flour and sprinkle in the cinnamon and mix well until the batter is smooth. Add the sultanas or any other dried fruit you desire. My mum sometimes used to add bits of apple to the mix 
  5. Pour the batter into a pre greased or in our case a loaf tin lined with greaseproof paper
  6. Bake at 180c for approximately 45 minutes until golden brown
  7. Poke the middle with a fork – if it comes back clean the mixture is cooked inside!
  8. Enjoy! It always tastes best when it has just come out the oven and is nice and warm

 

The kids had some of the banana bread for pudding and it was still warm! The twins had their banana bread with a little bit of butter on top! I told them that it is how I ate it when I was a child when my mum used to make it for me 🙂

Why don’t you take a look at my previous post on Banana muffins? You could use the same recipe here for dairy free. Banana muffins are a great grab and go snack!

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Mashed Potato Muffins

My six year old nanny charge LOVES mashed potato. We had some left over this week and instead of wasting it we decided to make some mashed potato muffins from the leftovers. I don’t like wasting food and the 6 year old doesn’t like wasting mashed potato!

Ingredients

We decided to add some grated cheese, an egg, some chopped up ham in with the left over mashed potato and just mixed it all together. You could add some different ingredients too if you like.

How to make the Mashed Potato Muffins

Pop all your ingredients into a bowl and mix together.  The mixture will look pretty runny! But trust me they turn out fine once cooked. Once all your ingredients are mixed together, spoon the mixture into a pre greased muffin tray.

Pop your mashed potato muffins into the oven and cook for about 20-25 minutes at 200c until the muffins are a golden brown colour. Take them out to cool for a couple of minutes once done. I used a fork to pop them out of the tin and let them cool down properly on a plate. They taste really good either warm or cold. They could be added to your children’s lunch box or snack pot.

The toddler and his friend had them for lunch the next day with ‘bits and pieces’. *Bits and pieces* is something from my childhood. It’s a simple lunch with a variety of snacky bits. They could be cheese cubes, breadsticks, cherry tomatoes and cucumber sticks.

Enjoy!

If you have enjoyed this recipe, feel free to take a look at our other recipes! Why don’t you take a look at our dairy free banana bread or  our delicious jam tarts.

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Yummy chocolate brownies

The three year old and I made some yummy chocolate brownies last week. We had a LOT of left over Easter eggs that were literally taking over the larder cupboard. I mean they were toppling out as you opened the doors.

These brownies were really quick and easy to make too so perfect for little helpers. Baking with children is a great activity as it’s so good for their learning and development. Plus it’s fun too 🙂

You need:

  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 200g soft brown sugar preferably – we ran out of brown sugar and used a tad of white granulated sugar too!
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g self raising flour

Method to make these yummy chocolate brownies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease a baking tray or use greaseproof paper
  2. You will need to melt the chocolate and butter together in a sauce pan over a low heat – set aside to cool 
  3. Encourage your child to help weigh out the sugar then stir into the chocolate and butter mixture. Then add the eggs and stir all together
  4. Weigh out the self raising flour and use a sieve to add to the mixture. Fold the flour in. The mix should be nice and smooth!
  5. Pour the mixture into the greased baking tray (or greaseproof paper baking tray). If you want to add any chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts or any other toppings on top then go ahead!
  6. Bake for around 20 minutes at 180c. Just keep checking on them until cooked and the middle is soft. Let the brownies cool in the tin before serving! 

If you like this recipe why don’t you take a look at my other recipes? You could try cake trains or gingerbread men for example. If not these ones, don’t worry, there are more so take a look!

I hope you enjoy your brownies! Let me know if you added any toppings that go well 🙂

 

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Jam Tarts Recipe

The three year old and I made some yummy Jam Tarts! They were delicious and so easy to make. You only need four ingredients and you should find all of them in your kitchen already. So lets get baking!

You need:

  • 250g Plain Flour
  • Strawberry Jam
  • 125g Butter
  • 3-4 Tablespoons water

Method to make Jam Tarts:

  1. First preheat your oven to 180C and grease your muffin tray! We just used a little bit of butter
  2. Weigh out the flour and then sieve it into a mixing bowl. Then add the butter!

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3. Rub the flour and butter together using your fingertips until you make breadcrumbs

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4. Add the water a little bit at a time and knead together until it makes a dough

5. Sprinkle some flour out onto the table and start rolling out your dough to about 5mm thickness

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6. Cut circles out of the dough and place them into the muffin tray

7. Insert some jam into each tart

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8. Using the left over dough cut out some shapes – we cut out some stars. Then place them on top of the jam tarts. They look great already don’t they?

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9. Bake for about 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven or until the tarts are a nice golden brown colour. Remember the oven should be preheated to 180c!

10. Let them cool before eating!

 

If you liked this recipe why don’t you take a look at my others? Such as dairy free banana breadcake trains or gingerbread men?

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Fruit smoothies

Who knew by doing something so quick and simple are sometimes the best activities?

I arrived at work today to my mum boss showing me their new kitchen food processor with a blender attached. She told me that the 5 year old was eager to test it out. So my younger nanny boy and I popped to the supermarket while the 5 year old was at school to pick out some fruit. We decided to pick up some bananas and strawberries!

During school pick up my nanny child couldn’t wait to share his news with me and explain he has a surprise at home! So I replied “I have one too!”

He was ecstatic that I had gone out that day to buy some fruit and even more overjoyed about showing me the new gadget.

Anyway, the five year old took charge and chopped up the strawberries and bananas and even set up the food processor. He made smoothies all by himself. I wasn’t even needed! Professional cook in the making?

Safe to say, I definately recommend it!

 

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Gingerbread men

Yesterday I made some gingerbread cookies with my nanny boys. We used the cookie cutters we bought from John Lewis a few days ago, the snowman and the christmas tree one. But we also used the usual gingerbread man cutter, a star and of course a train cutter (train lovers my nanny children).

I have never made gingerbread before, I never thought it could be so easy.

This is a great educational christmas activity, so I highly recommend.

You need:

  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 125g butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 free range egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • writing icing to decorate
  • decorations to decorate (we just used chocolate balls)

Method:

Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

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Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

(We didn’t use a food processor. We started off with a whisk, then decided to switch to kneading with our hands instead! Still did the job fine)

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. For decorations, use a skewer to make a small hole in the top of each biscuit.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.

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Cake trains

Yesterday I baked some train cakes with the 5 year old! It was only a cake mix as the scales are currently broken and in need of a replacement. But we still had fun anyhow. I picked up the ‘Jane Asher’ cake mixture from Poundland with some chocolate frosting that only equalled to £2 so fairly cheap and very tasty.

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First of all the 5 year old greased his silicone train moulds and set them to one side. I made sure that we had all the ingredients handy to one side already to make life a lot simpler. He then poured the chocolate sponge mix into a large mixing bowl and cracked in two eggs. Next he poured in some milk in a measuring jug (practising his maths – bonus!) and poured it in with the sponge mix and eggs, then whisked together until smooth – easy!

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Once he had mixed everything up we added a tablespoon of oil and stirred. I then poured the mixture into a measuring jug for him to pour into his silicone cake mould shaped as trains! We popped them in the oven and baked in 25 minutes.

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Once the cakes cooled, we then spread on some chocolate frosting and decorated them with smarties and marshmallows!