I know how much you all love sweet things and how most of you love baking and cooking!
So I thought for this half term challenge I’d give you a good excuse to have some fun in the kitchen
I’ve put some recipes below which you could try and make- but I’ve somehow manage to get my units of measure all in a muddle! You’ll need to convert some of the measurements into units that you can use (ever tried weighing out flour in mg? As an example if it asked for 0.2KG of sugar, you would convert that into 200g of sugar!)
As well as being excellent fun (as cooking always is!) this is a really good reminder ready for the work we’ll be doing in Maths in the first few weeks of the new half term on measures, and converting units. You may need to do a search on-line to remind yourself how many of each unit is equal to each other! [A few of you may not have come across mg - mg = milligram- there are 1000 milligrams in one gram (1000mg=1g) ] Just cooking in itself is a really great way to practice the key skills of measuring, reading scales and estimating weights! [and we'll be doing some cooking in maths next half term!]
If you can provide some form of ‘proof’ (maybe a photo ) that you’ve used one of the recipes below then you’ll gain a 2 merits and 5 HP. Make sure you comment to let me know if you are planning to try some cooking!
For an extra challenge (or instead of using one of the recipes below)- do you have a favourite recipe that you love making? Share it in the comments below with ‘mixed up’ units and you’ll gain a 1TC and 5HP (and who knows, if something sounds really yummy I may try and make it myself )
Make sure you ALWAYS get an adult to help you when you are cooking- I want you all back, burn and injury free on Monday
Have fun Cooking!
So here are the recipes!
Number 1- Chocolate Heaven ! (One of my favourite things to make, and 5H/6W’s favourite too!)
This is very naughty and contains lots of chocolate- but I think it tastes great! It’s really easy to make as it doens’t involve putting anything in the oven! [And just to prove I'm being fair and doing some of the challenges too- a picture of my attempt of this one is below Writing club members will get to sample this recipe on Tuesday (hopefully!)]
You will need:-
For the base:-
- 0.1Kg Margarine softened
- 6 tablespoons Golden syrup
- 250g Cooking Chocolate (milk)
- A fifth of a KG (divide 1 KG by 5!) of Digestive Biscuits. roughly crushed
- 0.2 KG Maltesers cut roughly in half (or less than half) (tip- get an adult to hit the bag of malteasers with a rolling pin a few times first- and then cut up any remaining full malterasers- you don’t want the maltereasers to just be crumbs though! You’ll need an adults help to cut them up as they are quite hard!)
For the topping
- A bar (about 0.15KG) of milk chocolate- galaxy works best- but it’s up to you!
- Some extra malteasers- kept whole
- Optional Marshmallows, cherries and other sweet things!
What to do:-
Add the margarine, syrup and chocolate to a big saucepan and with an adults help melt margarine and syrup and chocolate over heat on a hob.
When it’s all melted, take off the heat and and add in the crushed biscuits and maltesers- it’s really important to make sure it’s mixed really well!
Line a tin (a shallow tin, like one you would make Swiss rolls, or flatjack in works best!) with either grease proof paper or foil and grease the tin.
Spread the yummy mixture into the tin.
Leave to settle for about 600 seconds. Whilst you are waiting you can start melting the chocolate for the topping- either over the hob or in the microwave.
Spread the chocolate out over the top of the mixture. Add the whole malteasers and any other sweet things you have brought to the top.
Chill in the fridge (will take at least 180 minutes) then cut up into small squares. Keep in the fridge!
Number 2- Butterfly Cakes
I used to love making these when I was your age! I’m sure lots of you have made these or atleast eaten them before- but here is one easy way to make them!
You will need:-
For the cakes
2 medium eggs
0.11KG / 4oz self-raising flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
110g / 4oz butter (soft)
110,000mg / 4oz sugar
For the Butter Icing:-
170,000mg Icing Sugar.
0.085kg / 3oz butter (soft)
3 drops of vanilla extract (optional)
1 tablespoon of milk
What to do:-
- Pour all the ingredients for the cakes (not the Butter Icing ingredients) into a bowl and start mixing!
- Preheat the oven to 170 C / 325 F / Gas Mark 3.
- Place the cake cases in a cake tray.
-Continue mixing until all the ingredients are well mixed together.
Use a spoon to fill each cake case about half to two thirds full with cake mixture.
Get an adult to place the baking tray in the pre-heated oven (170 C / 325 F / Gas Mark 3). and ask them to put it in the middle of the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
Do not open the oven door for at least 20 minutes. If you do, the cakes may well collapse. They are cooked when golden brown.
Leave the cakes to cool slighlty
Ask an adult to help you cut of the top of each cake. Cut the bit you have sliced off into 2 (you’ll use these later!)
Place all the ingredients for the butter icing in a large bowl and stir for about five minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well together.
Place about a teaspoon full of the butter icing on top of each cake. Then push the “wings” that you made earlier from the top of the cake into the butter icing.
More decorations can be placed on the cake depending on what you have!
Recpie 3- Yummy Chocolate Flapjack!
You will need:-
80g / 3oz soft brown sugar
0.11Kg cooking margarine (like Stork)
1 quarter of a KG of oats (e.g. porridge)
110,000 mg / 4oz dark chocolate
3 tablespoons of golden syrup
a pinch of salt
What to do:-
Get an adult to help you put the margarine in a pan over a low heat and stir until it’s melted.
Add the sugar and golden syrup to the pan (be careful- the pan will be hot!) and stir until it is all dissolved (can you remember what that word means?) into a sticky liquid.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6
Take the pan off the heat and add the oats, stirring them in with a spoon. It’s easier to add the oats bit by bit.
If the mixture thickens too much ask an adult to heat the mixture a bit more.
Add the salt and give a final stir. Spoon the mixture into a non-stick tray and spread it out evenly.
Place the baking trays in the pre-heated oven. Remove after 18 minutes (check after 12 minutes) when the flapjacks have turned a light golden brown.
Leave to cool for 5 minutes then cut into slices, but leave the slices in the tray.
Cover the flapjacks and place in the fridge for an hour.
Melt the chocolate (eithier in the microwave or in a bowl placed over water on the hob)
Pour the chocolate over the flapjacks as evenly as possible and place them in the fridge for an hour.
Have fun cooking 4H! Writing these out has made me feel very hungry, and it’s only early in the morning! I think I’m going to have to go and bake something else yummy now!
Don’t forget to share your own ‘mixed up measures’ recipes!