Do you enjoy cooking? I love making different things in the kitchen. I usually have my Mum or Dad to help me, as I know the kitchen can be dangerous as it has sharp knives and a hot oven and stove.

 

My favourite things to cook are below ... what do you like to make? Don't forget to let me know!

 

Fairy Cakes

Ingredients

For the icing

 
  • 110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
    110g/4oz caster sugar
    2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    110g/4oz self-raising flour
    1-2 tbsp milk

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  • 300g/10½oz icing sugar
    2-3 tbsp water
    2-3 drops food colouring
    hundreds and thousands, or other cake decorations

  • Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line 2 x 12-hole fairy cake tins with paper cases.

 

Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, and stir in the vanilla extract.

Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon. Add a little milk until the mixture is a soft dropping consistency and spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.

 

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

 

For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.

 

To ice the fairy cakes, drizzle the icing over the cakes, sprinkle with decorations and set aside until the icing hardens.

 

Home made Pizza

Ingredients

 

  • Tomato puree or tomato ketchup
    Dried mixed herbs, oregano or fresh chopped basil 

  • For the bases Mum and Dad buy ready made ones as it means tea is ready quicker! Why not try some of the following ideas?


Mini or full sized pitta or naan bread
Crumpets
Halved baguettes, bagels or muffins
Tortilla wrap
Pizza base mix

 

For the toppings

  • grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella)
    olives
    chopped onion
    chopped peppers
    chopped tomatoes
    broccoli florets
    sliced courgettes
    sliced mushrooms
    tinned sweetcorn
    roasted vegetables
    chopped pineapple
    tuna
    ham
    cooked chicken
    chorizo, pepperoni, salami
  • Preparation Method

Spread tomato puree or tomato ketchup over the pizza bases, sprinkle with the herbs.

Top with grated cheese and decorate with whatever toppings you like. I love ham, sweetcorn, cheese and peppers!

Bake in a preheated 200 C/gas 6 oven for 5-10 minutes if using one of the quick options, or 15 to 20 mins if using a scone or dough base, until golden brown.

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