Cautionary Tales For Children
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Delicious Jam Tarts
A wonderful smell fills the house, jam tarts baking
Ready made short crust pastry
Jam or marmalade
Butter or fat
Although making pastry is quick, buying it is quicker and that means all you have to do is roll out, cut out circles, fill with jam and bakeÖ all the fun bits, and then, at the end a nice treat for everyone to eat.
How to make it
Roll out about 250g of ready made pastry to about 3mm thick. Pastry gets thicker when it cooks, so make sure itís thin when itís rolled it out. Cut 12 discs from the pastry using an upturned glass, or pastry cutter if you have one. The scraps can be combined and rolled out again. If you want, cut any small shapes you like from the scraps, to decorate the tops of the tarts. . . .
Grease the multi-cake tray using a piece of butter wrapper torn off and rubbed round (I loved doing this bit when I was a kid). Carefully push the pastry discs into the cups in the tray being careful not to stretch the pastry too unevenly or tear it. Spoon no more than 1 teaspoon of jam or marmalade into the cups; do not put too much in, because it will bubble over the edge when itís cooking. pipless, jams, jellies and no-peel marmalades are best. . . .
Decorate the tops of some of the tarts by just resting the cut shapes on top of the fillings. Bake in a preheated oven (Mk 6, 400F, 200C) for about 20 minutes, then layout carefully on a wire rack or grill to cool. Do not eat straight away, hot jam is very hot and will burn you. After 10 minutes they will still be warm. Jam tarts make a lovely dessert, especially with custard.
The recipe instructions are so easy to follow, and they're quick to download.
Cooking with your kids
Kids love cooking. Our recipes are illustrated and so simple to follow, making it really easy for you and your children to cook together. Encourage them to read the recipe and gently help then solve any problems that come up. Make sure they go back to the instructions and check that they have the right stuff and are doing things in the right order. Itís lovely when they feel in charge of something and begin to see how they can solve problems.
Cooking with your kids is an important thing to do. It gives them a real sense of achievement and satisfaction, while teaching them some very useful life skills; measuring, estimating, following instructions to achieve a result, dealing with some limited forms of danger (i.e. the hot stove or oven), and gives them confidence and the knowledge that they can prepare food, which is, after all, one of lifeís basic requirements.
What could be a better way to spend an afternoon? Your place gets filled with that gorgeous smell of baking, you and your kids have a great time together, exploring the world of cooking and you all get to eat some tasty treat when itís all over, just in time for tea.