This is mine and Alfie’s first official baking with Alfie blog and video so I hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.
Every Monday me and Alfie will be baking, this is something me and Alf always did together when he was small but as when he started nursery, it became difficult to find the time but we have chosen Monday and we are both super excited to start the week making some yummy scrummy treats and sharing them with you, to try with your own children.
All recipes will be child friendly with simple ingredients and we just want you to have fun with it, remember it’s not mess it’s memories that last forever, unlike mess which lasts five minutes.
So our first baking session was making chocolate tarts, which I had previously made once before but Alf didn’t get a chance to taste them and was as you can imagine very upset (imagine a four year old tantrum ugh).
So I thought this would be a great first bake for us, as it’s super simple and involves chocolate, which everyone knows is a WIN WIN, Yesssssssssssss.
Chocolate Tart Recipe:
250g Plain Flour
125g Butter/Stork (room temperature)
Start by washing hands and popping on your aprons.
Get your child to measure the ingredients or alternatively you can always pre-weigh your ingredients out so it’s not so messy. Alfie is a bit of an expert now when weighing, we use words like pouring it in and taking it out, if we have added to much, this is helping him with his speech and learning new words.
Put the flour and butter in a bowl, make sure the butter or alternatively we use Stork, is room temperature and rub them together with your fingertips. Alf loves this bit as it involves him getting mucky hands. Make it more fun by singing “rub rub rub a dub dub dub” Alf loves this song.
At this point When the mixture looks and feels like fresh breadcrumbs, stir in the egg. Alf loves to crack the egg.
If your child wants to crack the egg but is young, get them to crack it in a separate bowl, as I learnt the hard way and Alf just throws the shell in with the egg and I spend 15 minutes searching for any shell in the mixture ugh.
Mix it into a dough. You can add a little water at this point but I never do as it comes together quite nicely without water and you don’t want it wet and soggy, try not to knead too much.
Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.
For making the actual tarts, I purchased a 24 hole tart tray from Amazon, you get a free pastry tamper with it which is brilliant. It was £16.62 and was really good quality so highly recommend, will add the link at the bottom of the blog.
Take the pastry out of the fridge and place it on a floured surface (use a little plain flour).
You can roll little balls for the next bit but I found it easier to use a 3cm circle cutter and I got Alf to cut out 24 circles. This is great for there fine motor skills and getting them to count as they cut the circles, a great way for them to use there counting skills, as well as using maths to measure the ingredients.
Once all the circles have been placed into the tray, use the pastry tamper, to push down to make little tarts or “cups” as Alfie likes to call them. Alfie struggled a bit with this as you really have to push down hard with the tamper tool, so I took over but basically you push one end into the circle while it’s in the tray and it will help make little tarts.
At this point, you would add jam for jam tarts and bake but because we are using chocolate, it’s different and you can’t bake the chocolate with the tarts as it would burn the chocolate.
You will need to fill the pastry with baking beans, so the pastry doesn’t expand but guess what, Mummy forgot to purchase the baking beans, so I looked for an alternative and rice kept coming up so we gave it a try. It worked really well but trying to remove all the rice was a nightmare and I ended up standing there for 30 minutes picking the rice out so I highly recommend buying baking beans unless you like standing picking out grains of rice, I guess you could always use counting again at this point.
Bake for 10 minutes and then remove the beans or in my case 100’s of rice grains, then pop it back in for a further 6 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown.
At this point you would leave them to cool but we’re using chocolate spread, so spoon while the pastry is hot, a teaspoon of chocolate spread into the tarts, the heat will melt the spread in the tarts and make it spread around the tart, use a palette knife to spread if you want to make them super neat.
Leave them to cool or like me and Alf we ate them like that, one after the other, after the other #badmum.
Me and Alf would love to see your pictures if you make some yummy chocolate tarts using our recipe, it’s so simple and you will probably have all the ingredients.
Baking is a great way for children to learn while having fun.
Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember they don’t have to be neat or spectacular. This is you, spending time together and anything covered in chocolate tastes amazing.
Amy & Alfie