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Pastry Shapes for Children to Cook

Most of this recipe was made by our three year old volunteer, we just put them in the oven and took them out. Easy to make and very tasty.

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Pastry Shapes for children

INGREDIENTS                         

55g / 2oz Cooking Margarine
55g / 2oz refined fat such as Cookeen
220g / 4oz of plain flour
3 tablespoons of water
Small amount of vegetable oil
Decoration such as jam, Nutella, chocolate chips etc.

PREPARATION TIME

: 45 minutes

COOKING TIME

: 20 minutes

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

: Easy

FREEZE

? No

SERVINGS

: Four

COOKING EQUIPMENT

: Large mixing bowl, pastry shape cutters or blunt knife to cut out shapes, baking tray.

VIDEO - PASTRY SHAPES

PREPARATION

It's best to take the cooking margarine and Cookeen out of the fridge half an hour before you start. This will soften them slightly. If you haven't done this then warm them slightly in a bowl in warm water for a few minutes - your kids can do this (see the video below).

COOK'S NOTES FOR CHILDREN'S PASTRY SHAPES

The most important part of this recipe is the amount of water you add to the pastry. Start off with the recommended three tablespoons and that should be just right. If the pastry doesn't form into a ball then add just one half teaspoon more and no more. If it still doesn't form into a bowl then somewhere along the lines you may have misjudged the quantity of the ingredients.
If you need any help then take a look at our video below which shows even clearer how to make the pastry. Good luck and don't get too hooked up about what shapes the pasty pieces are - any small shapes will amaze your kids. The most interesting part for the kids is decorating the cooked pastry shapes.

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Place the cooking margarine and Cookeen in a large mixing bowl and sift the flour over the top. Mix the flour and fat together using your finger tips until the mixture is crumbly. This should take three minutes or so.

Sprinkle the three tablespoons of water over the mixture and mix it in well with a fork for a minute or so. Now use your hands to gather the mixture into a ball shape - this is best explained by watching our video above.

STEP 2

Wrap the pastry ball in cling film and place in the fridge for half an hour. During this time hunt the cupboards for things to decorate the pastry shapes.

Take the pastry out of the fridge and remove the cling film. Start pre-heating the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and roll out the pastry (turning it continuously) to about half to 1cm thick. Cut the pastry into smallish shapes.

STEP 3

Brush the baking tray with a little oil and carefully place the pastry shapes on the tray. Place in the oven and bake them until golden brown - about twenty minutes.

Decorate with whatever you have to hand. A jam or Nutella base over the shapes will allow silver or chocolate balls to stick to the pastry shapes.

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