Cooking for kids

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Cooking for kids! What a controversial topic and how charged with emotions and strong beliefs.

An introduction

This section of Bread’N Butter Kids will provide you with some recipes which are really children’s favourite! Now, it is not to say that they are not for adults, not at all actually, more like you are sure to get the thumbs up from the children with those!

Now, before you get started, I will just highlight my main beliefs on kids food:

  1. Kids should be encouraged to try everything.  How many times have I seen 8 y.o. kids who had never tried to eat a green lettuce!
  2. Kids favourite are not all about pasta, chips and mash potatoes, no please!
  3. There are some strong flavours which are not kids friendly, although you may be surprised by their taste.  They may love strong blue cheese for example!  The same goes with spicy (chilli spicy) food.  I don’t push the kids to eat when there is an “adult” flavour, I would often cook a side more kids friendly (this is the only time I do so, as normally everyone eats the same thing).
  4. I do not cook a “kids meal” and an “adult meal” (exception made for some parties, and babies/toddlers of course).
  5. You may find there are many chocolate recipe, it is just a family addiction!
  6. Similarly, there are plenty fun desserts different to ice-cream.
  7. I do use salt in all children’s savoury food even if only a little, no hurt there and a key enhancer.  It will not stop your children loving the raw veges, trust me.  Obviously if the ingredient is already salted, no point overloading.

Have fun! And if you need some help, contact me.  I am in Sydney (Australia), happy to answer your questions and provide some services to support you through your needs.

Here we go! Recipes:

The list below is missing (yet) key recipes like homemade chicken nuggets, homemade fish fingers, crepes and more, this will come! Some quite soon actually!

Butter-free chocolate cake

Butter-free chocolate cake

This is pretty much as guilt free as chocolate cake go: no butter and pretty low sugar. What I like with this butter-free chocolate cake is that it is also much easier to digest than a traditional chocolate cake.  Why? How?  Simply by replacing the butter by very (like very) thinly grated zucchini (a.k.a. courgette).  … Continue reading "Butter-free chocolate cake"
Black and white checkers cookies

Black and white checkers cookies

This black and white cookies recipe is taken from the Williams-Sonoma Baking Book.  It is a recipe my eight year old daughter decided to do on her own.  As the recipe provides measurement in both the imperial american systems and universal metric system, there was a little confusion for her upfront on the different values.  … Continue reading "Black and white checkers cookies"
Beans and sausages bake

Beans and sausages bake

This dish recently made it on our menu in our household, often for a sunday night.  It is a great dish for many reasons: It is a real no stress dinner, super mega easy to do; Everyone likes it; It makes use of pantry items (all these cans of bans my husband likes to buy … Continue reading "Beans and sausages bake"
Flan Patissier

Flan Patissier

If you have been to France, you would have seen the Flan Patissier in bakeries or maybe had a serve in a bistro.  The flan patissier is a classic french dessert, it is alike a baked custard.  Some versions of the flan patissier include a shortcrust pastry.  My version does not have it. I grew … Continue reading "Flan Patissier"
Crumpets

Crumpets

After trialing a few recipes to make sure my 16 years old niece who has become a fan of this little hot cakes could reproduce crumpets in France, I am putting here my pick of the recipes trialed. If you want to read about the comparative testing, go to the post dedicated to it HERE. … Continue reading "Crumpets"
Gluten Free Porridge Cookies

Gluten Free Porridge Cookies

I made these gluten free porridge cookies (and the recipe) one day as I had enough of seeing left over porridge go to the compost bin. Now, if you are coeliac, you may need to be careful, this recipe contains oats, which has a protein that can trigger an immune reaction (but not always). Ingredients: … Continue reading "Gluten Free Porridge Cookies"
Pop Cakes!

Pop Cakes!

Making and eating pop cakes was an amazing experience for the children.  Not only did they get to make the pop cakes and it tasted great, they also got to see them grow or “pop up” in the oven. They found that very exciting! And then they rushed to eat them! Pop cake moulds are silicone moulds with … Continue reading "Pop Cakes!"
The good old shepherd’s pie!

The good old shepherd’s pie!

We love shepherd’s pie at home.  There is the classic shepherd’s pie made with beef mince, onions and tomato sauce and there  is the special kind made with leftover meat from a large casserole or a slow cooked piece of meat.  This is the one I am covering here. In France, where I grew up, we … Continue reading "The good old shepherd’s pie!"
Walnut, Honey, Orange and Ricotta Muffins

Walnut, Honey, Orange and Ricotta Muffins

Walnut, Honey, Orange and Ricotta Muffins, or maybe in short the “back to school” muffin. Why? Because the flavours match the season of the first month back at school. These muffins are great for lunch boxes.  They keep for a few days in an airtight container or you can freeze them. This is one of … Continue reading "Walnut, Honey, Orange and Ricotta Muffins"
Raspberry & ricotta Muffins

Raspberry & ricotta Muffins

Here is a raspberry and ricotta muffin recipe which is another  great way to use excess ricotta, something different to making ricotta pancakes (which is really good too!).  I made up another ricotta muffin recipe the same day, they are pretty good too: Walnut, honey, orange and ricotta muffins (CLICK HERE). Makes 15 Ingredients: 1 … Continue reading "Raspberry & ricotta Muffins"
Roasted cherry tomatoes

Roasted cherry tomatoes

This roasted cherry tomatoes side is so good! If I had more cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, I would do it more often. Method: Preheat the grill (or the oven quite high). Use a small tray such as a brownie tin with some baking paper at the bottom Splash a generous amount of olive oil … Continue reading "Roasted cherry tomatoes"
Banana Bread

Banana Bread

This recipe of banana bread is moist, rich and delicious.  This is pretty much what you get in cafes all around Australia.  If you would like a lighter recipe of banana bread look HERE. Serve on its own, with jam, butter or salted caramel. After the second day, toast and spread some butter on it. … Continue reading "Banana Bread"
Lunch box chocolate fondant slice

Lunch box chocolate fondant slice

Yum, yum ! And for bonus: this lunch box chocolate fondant slice is super mega easy and quick to cook.  It is pretty much the case of mixing all ingredients together (no skills required there) and placing it in brownie tin or slice tin, bake it and this is it!  In terms of effort value … Continue reading "Lunch box chocolate fondant slice"
Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

This is my recipe of the cherry clafoutis. I tried a few recipes to get there: too sweet, too thin, too bland, too much juice lost…The “traditional” clafoutis recipe contains milk, egg, sugar and flour and critically cherries with pits ON!!! My version is slightly different to the “traditional recipe” in that I have added a … Continue reading "Cherry Clafoutis"
Galette des rois – chocolate version

Galette des rois – chocolate version

This chocolate version of the galette des rois works a wonder.  Kids and adults love it and it is so easy to make. Seriously! (as my 7 y. o says all the time).   The principle is the same than the traditional creme frangipane one: 2 layers of puff pastry with an almond base cream … Continue reading "Galette des rois – chocolate version"
Kids chocolate truffles

Kids chocolate truffles

These kids chocolate truffles is a must try (and adopt!).  Chocolate truffles can be a bit bitter for children when coated with cocoa.  Well, just change the coating!  Here we used 100s & 1000s.  Great result!  My daughter initiated it for the school end of year class party. Making chocolate truffles is a great activity … Continue reading "Kids chocolate truffles"

 

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