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Easy Bakes

Monday, 15th February 2021

Our toy kitchens are great to get your children learning about kitchens, foods and accessories whilst playing, are they getting good in their toy kitchen? Why not spend a little time with your children to cook or bake something!

It will entertain and at the end of it you have a delicious snack or meal!

Below are a few easy recipes for your kids and you!

Not taken a look at our toy kitchens? Take a look here: https://www.activitytoysdirect.com/kitchens/

Thumbprint Cookies - Easiest

Ingredients

  • 230g Unsalted Butter

  • 200g Caster Sugar 

  • 320g Plain Flour

  • 1 Egg (medium)

  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

  • ½ tsp Baking Powder

  • ½ tsp Salt

  • 50g Jam (flavour of your choice)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C

  2. Line 2 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper

  3. Beat together the softened butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy

  4. Add in the beaten egg and mix until combined before adding the flour, baking powder and salt.

  5. Mix until a soft dough is formed

  6. Roll the dough into small balls (approx 3cm diameter) and place onto the baking trays, leaving a gap for the biscuits to spread in the oven

  7. Gentle press the centre of each biscuit with your thumb to create a hollow in the centre

  8. Add approximately ½ tsp of jam to the centre of each biscuit 

  9. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until very lightly coloured. Leave to cool before moving to a wire rack

  10. Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes - Easy

Ingredients

  • 225g Plain Chocolate

  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup

  • 50g Butter

  • 75g Cornflakes

For the decoration

  • 36 Mini Eggs

Method

  1. Find yourself a 12 hole cupcake tray and line with cake cases

  2. Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth (you can also do this in the microwave however you need to keep a close eye on the chocolate as it can burn quickly

  3. Removed the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate

  4. Divide the mixture between the 12 cases and press 3 chocolate mini eggs into the center of each nest.

  5. Chill in the fridge until set (around 1 hour)

 

School Cake - Medium

Ingredients

  • 200 g butter/margarine (7 oz or approx. 7/8 of a cup)

  • 175 g caster sugar (6 oz or approx. 3/4 of a cup)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 ml) or vanilla essence

  • 2 eggs (medium or large is fine)

  • 200 g self raising flour (7 oz or approx. 1+3/4 cups)

For the decoration

  • 225g icing sugar (8oz or approx. 1+3/4 cups), preferably sieved

  • 2-3 tbsp water (start with 1 and build up gradually so your icing isn’t too thin)

  • Coloured sugar sprinkles/ sugar strands of your choice

  • Optional food colouring if you’d like colourful icing

Method

  1. Find yourself a baking tray that is suitable for a medium sized cake (We use a square 24cm x 24cm x 5cm (height))

  2. Grease the baking tray with butter and then add baking paper

  3. Preheat your oven to 180°C

  4. Cream together 200g butter and 175g sugar until light and fluffy

  5. Add the eggs one at a time and mix

  6. Add 1tsp of vanilla extract

  7. Stir in 200g self raising flour, adding a little at a time and mixing in

  8. Once all is mixed well put your sponge mixture into your tray and bake for 25-35 minutes, check on the cake regularly

  9. It should be a golden colour when it is ready to take out but if you are unsure stick a knife or something thin in the middle, if it comes out clean the cake is done. 

  10. Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool

  11. I usually make sure the cake is still a little warm for doing the icing as it spreads easier!

  12. To make your icing you need 225g icing sugar and around 2-3 tbsp of water, make sure the icing is not to runny or it will all slide off the cake

  13. If you want coloured icing add a little food colouring!

  14. Pour the icing over the cake, add some sprinkles and leave to set

  15. Enjoy! Why not put in a bowl with some strawberry custard for that proper school flavour.

 

Enjoy this half term with these recipes! Why not share your pics with us on Instagram! Tag @activitytoysdirect for a feature on our story!