recipes

On this page we are building up a collection of the recipes we make at pre-school with the children.  We try to reflect different cultures, different methods of preparation and cooking, both sweet and savoury recipes. Our  emphasis is on healthy eating with cookies and sweet things as a treat in a balanced diet. The recipes are in order of when we have made them with the most recent first.

Pita Bread Pizza

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

1 small pita bread
 1 tablespoon pizza sauce /tinned chopped tomatoes

Tuna/ham/mushrooms/sweet corn
1/4 cup  grated cheese,
dried herbs e.g oregano, basil.
olive oil

Directions:

1. Brush a little olive oil on the pita.


2. Spread sauce on top of the pita and add toppings of choice.


3. Sprinkle on the grated cheese.


4. Sprinkle on pinches of desired herbs and spices.


5. Place on baking sheet, bake for 5-7 minutes at 200°, gas 6 or until cheese is melted (times may vary).


6. Enjoy!


Shortbread Stars

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 50g sugar
  • Edible glitter or sugar to sprinkle

Method

  1. Light oven gas 4/ 180° C.
  2. Cover baking sheet with non stick baking paper.
  3. Rub butter into flour until it is like breadcrumbs.
  4. Add sugar and mix to a firm dough.
  5. Roll out and use cutters to make star shapes (or any othershapes).
  6. Cook in oven for 8-10  mins until just golden.
  7. Sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Cool and keep in an airtight tin for up to a week.

Owl cakes

Ingredients

50g wholemeal flour

50g plain flour

1 rounded tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

40g margarine

50g Demerara sugar

½ cooking apple chopped small

1 egg

10 glace cherry halves and 10 raisins

Preheat oven to gas 6/200°C

Method

Place flour and margarine in food processor and whizz (or rub in with fingertips)

Tip into mixing bowl and add cinnamon, baking powder, sugar and apple – Mix

Whisk egg and add, stirring well

Divide into 5 portions and form each into a ball

Push 2 half cherries in to make eyes – the centre of each cherry should be showing

Push a banana chip for a beak ( like pushing a coin into a slot, so the edge shows)

Bake for 10-15 mins. When cool add raisins to centre of cherry eyes

Apple Crumble

Ingredients

Serves: 6

  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 200g plain flour
  • 120g butter/margarine
  • 1 clove or cinnamon stick ( If liked)
  • Demerara sugar about 1oz

Preparation method

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 30 mins | Extra time: 45 mins

  1. Put the apple chunks into a bowl, cover and microwave on high for about 5 min. The apples should be soft but not puréed. Sweeten to taste. Put the apples into the serving dish and allow to cool.
  2. Set the temperature of the oven to 150 C / gas 2.
  3. Mix the flour, and the butter with your fingers in a bowl until it becomes like a breadcrumb consistency, mix in the sugar.
  4. Cover the stewed apples with the crumble topping, without pressing down. Sprinkle demerara sugar lightly over the top.
  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown and crunchy.
  6. Serve with cream or ice cream.

 

Gingerbread men

Ingredients

175g plain flour

100g sugar

75g margarine

2 tbsp golden syrup

2tsp ginger (use less or omit if desired)

1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda

Currants to decorate

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180° C or gas mark 4

  1. Measure flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into mixing bowl.

2.  Melt syrup and margarine.

3.  Pour melted mixture into dry ingredients and mix to a stiff dough.

4.  Roll out thinly on a floured surface.

5.  Cut out gingerbread men shapes and decorate with currants(should make 12-14 biscuits)

6.  Bake on a greased baking sheet for about 10 minutes.

7.  Cool on a wire tray.

 

Here are the recipes we have been making with our American visitors.  Please note that many of the measurements are in American cups , these are readily available in supermarkets or kitchen departments.

 

Barbecue beans

  • 125g (4 oz) chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 (400g) tin pinto beans,  drained
  • 1 (400g) tin cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 (400g) tin baked beans,
  • 1 (400g) tin red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (400g) tin chickpeas, drained
  • ½ cup(full) (180g) ketchup
  • ½ cup(not quite full) (175g) treacle
  • 4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon French’s Classic Yellow Mustard

Preparation

Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.

Soften onion in a frying pan

Put all ingredients in bowl and mix well and transfer to casserole dish.

Traditionally this dish has chopped fried bacon or pancetta in it. this can be added with all the other ingredients if desired.

Cook for 1 hour in oven. Serve warm or at room temperature

 

 

Chocolate chip cookies

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter ,softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12oz. package) chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt

 

preparation

1.  Prepare baking trays with baking parchment.

2.  Mix flour baking soda and salt in one bowl

3.  Beat butter, vanilla and sugars together in one bowl

4.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition

5.  Gradually beat in flour mixture

6.  Stir in choc chips

7.  Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto ungreased baking sheet

8.  Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden

9.  After 2 mins transfer to wire rack to cool

 

 

Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

Preparation:

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan or a large loaf tin. Heat oven to 200 C, Gas 6.

Melt butter and allow to cool slightly.

Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and butter.

Combine the two mixtures and stir until blended.

Spoon into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre. ( if using loaf tin it will take considerably longer)

Play dough recipe

Mix in pan:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter

Add:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • a few drops of food color

Mix together and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture forms a ball.  Cool the dough slightly and knead until soft and smooth.  This recipe stores well in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.  It is less crumbly and lasts longer than many purchased brands.

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