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Autumn Baking Ideas For Kids

Autumn Baking Ideas For Kids
Whether the weather’s looking a bit iffy or you simply want to make the most of the seasonal produce which autumn offers in abundance, this time of year provides the perfect opportunities to get the kids in the kitchen.

Orchard fruits such as apples, pears and plums are ripe for the picking and earthy vegies such as cabbage, carrots, leeks, pumpkins, zucchinis and potatoes are all also being harvested. There is a wealth of easy-to-make baked goodies you could try with the kids and here are a couple of ideas, with simple-to-follow recipes, to get you started:

Kid-sized toffee apple cake

The melting sweetness of toffees and the clean, tart taste of apples are made for each other. The toffee in this delicious cake is super-simple as it is just three soft shop-bought toffees pushed into the batter before the tin goes into the oven, where the toffee melts for a yummy gooey centre.

Ingredients

  • 3tbsp sunflower oil
  • Oil or butter for greasing
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g self-raising flour
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 3 soft toffees

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (gas mark 5).
  2.  Grease a small loaf tin with a little oil or butter.
  3. Grate the apple and place it into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the egg, the sunflower oil and the vanilla extract to the apple and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Sift the flour and the sugar into the bowl and mix well.
  6. Pour the cake mix into the greased tin and then push three toffees in a row into the mix.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool before tipping out and slicing.

Zucchini muffins

Who says zucchinis have to be used in savoury food? Packed full of goodness, these muffins are perfect for school lunch boxes and might just encourage your kids to try new vegies!

Ingredients

  • Oil or butter for greasing
  • 50g zucchinis, grated
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • The juice of 1 orange
  • 1 egg
  • 75g butter, melted
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • Handful of sultanas
  • 1 tub cream cheese
  • 3tbsp icing sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (gas mark 5).
  2. Grease a muffin tin with oil or butter. 
  3. Place the grated zucchini and apple into a large mixing bowl with the orange juice and then add the egg and butter to the mix.
  4. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into the bowl and add the caster sugar and sultanas.
  5. Mix everything well with a wooden spoon.
  6. Spoon the mixture into each well in the prepared tin.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, make the icing by mixing the cream cheese with the icing sugar.
  9. Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool slightly in the tin before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. When completely cool, spread some icing on each muffin.
 
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