As we are currently spending more time than ever at home with the people we love most it can sometimes be hard to keep the little ones in our lives entertained. You’ve tried arts and crafts, watched every film ever made and even recreated sports day in the garden – but have you tried baking? Not only is this a fun and rewarding activity, you will be teaching your little ones the life skill of cooking as well as maths and even science!
To save you time, St. Dalfour have come up with 3 simple child friendly cooking ideas utilising ingredients most people will have already in the cupboard. So wash your hands and get those aprons on!
St. Dalfour Dodgers!
This jammy delight is simple to make and provides a sweet treat all the family will enjoy!
Start by making a simple shortbread dough by combining 150g of flour and 100g of butter in a bowl until it combines to form breadcrumbs. Then add 50g of sugar until the mix forms into a dough. Chill in the fridge before rolling out into a sheet the thickness of a pound coin. Using a cookie cutter (or a plastic cup) cut out an even number of biscuits. Using a cocktail stick, cut heart shaped holes in the center of half your biscuit discs. Using a spatula, carefully place your biscuits on a lined baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes at 160’c, or until the biscuits are golden brown. Place baked biscuits on a cooling rack and once cooled, top the whole biscuit with St. Dalfour Strawberry Preserve. Place your heart cut biscuits on top of the jam. Cool in the fridge for at least an hour, serve and enjoy!
Peach Pop Parcels!
This fruity treat is simple yet delicious pudding that can be enjoyed after dinner or during your back garden picnic!
In a bowl, add a jar of St. Dalfour Golden Peach Preserve and a tin of whatever fruit you have in the cupboard. Combine your fruit concoction and set to one side. Take your room temperature shortcrust pastry sheet and cut into six even rectangles. On half of each rectangle, dollop your fruity mixture leaving a centimetre gap from the middle and the edge. Once all six are filled, fold over each sheet and press down around your fruit. If the pastry isn’t sticking, add some melted butter. Once folded, crimp your edges with a plastic fork and poke a hole in the top. Place your Peach Parcels on a lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at 180’c. Once baked, set aside to cool before serving!
Fruity Tooty Tarts!
These fruit filled tarts are a delicious way to enjoy your favourite St. Dalfour Preserves!
In a bowl mix together 250g of plain flour and 125g of butter using your fingers until the mixture forms a breadcrumb consistency. Stir in a medium sized egg and 1tbsp of room temperature water. Once the mix has formed into a dough (add more water if needed) wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Whilst the dough is cooling, grease a 12 hole tart tin with a small amount of butter. Once cooled, unwrap and roll your dough until it’s the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out 12 circles and place gently in the tin. Dollop your favourite St. Dalfour Preserve in each tart before placing in the oven at 180’c for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Once baked, set aside to cool, serve, and enjoy!