Tablet is a traditional Scottish sweetie, not as soft as fudge but not as hard as candy. This tablet recipe for kids is delicious but you might want to limit how many pieces you have as it has rather a lot of sugar in it! Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!
Ingredients: 1 x small tin of evaporated milk, 113g x butter, 454g c caster sugar, a few drops of vanilla essence
Special Equipment: Microwave, large glass bowl, baking tray, knife
Add all the ingredients into the glass bowl and microwave for 6 minutes
Stir well then return to the microwave for another 6 minutes
Remove, stir well again and pour into the greased baking tray
Cool in the fridge for about 5 minutes
Take it out the fridge and score the top of the mixture with a knife into square portions
leave for another couple of hours for it to set through
Cut into squares then serve and enjoy!
Get the Kids Involved: the mixture gets very hot and can be dangerous if spilled or touched so never leave the child alone and supervise at all times – they may just be able to help weigh out the ingredients and cut the tablet up once it’s set
Kitchen Monster Tip: Scoring the top of the tablet will make it much easier to cut once cooled
Who doesn’t like the combination of chocolate and orange? Try out this chocolate orange cupcake recipe for kids for a delicious spin on the classic cupcake. Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!
Ingredients: 50g x cocoa powder, 175g x self raising flour, 100g x butter, 275g x caster sugar, 6 x tbsp boiling water, 3 x eggs, 1 x tsp baking powder, 3 x tbsp marmalade, 120ml x milk, 135g x plain chocolate, 150ml x double cream
Special Equipment: Kitchen scales, mixing bowls, paper cupcake cases, cupcake baking tray, glass bowl for melting the chocolate
Lay out the paper cases in the baking tray and pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/G4
Mix the cocoa and boiling water together and pour into the bowl
Add the flour, sugar, eggs, butter, milk and baking powder and beat together until it’s combined
It’ll look runnier than a normal cake batter but don’t worry!
Pour into the paper cases and bake for around 25 minutes or until golden in colour – then leave them aside to cool
Peel off the paper cases and cut them through the middle
Heat the marmalade in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it, spoon into the middle of each cupcake then place the tops back on
Add the cream and chocolate into the glass bowl and place it onto a pan of boiling water to melt
After a few minutes, the chocolate will melt and the cream become silky and dark – place aside to cool
Just before it sets hard, spoon onto each cupcake and spread over
Decorate with chocolate chips for an extra blast of chocolate!
Get the Kids Involved: Laying out and weighing the ingredients, cracking the eggs, stirring the mixture, spooning into the paper cases, spreading the marmalade and chocolate, pouring over the chocolate chips
Kitchen Monster Tip: You can tell if a sponge is cooked through by inserting a cocktail stick or small knife into the middle – if it comes out clean it’s baked and ready!
Eating oily fish is so healthy but it can be hard to get kids to eat them. Our Thai Tuna Burger recipe for kids will not only get them eating it but joining in with making it too! Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!
Ingredients: (for 4 burgers) 4 x medium sized tuna steaks, 50g bread, 1 x tbsp soy sauce, 1 x tbsp thai fish sauce, 1 x tbsp thai chilli sauce, 4 x burger buns, lettuce and tomatoes
Special Equipment: Food processor, kitchen scales, mixing bowl, measuring spoons
Blitz up the bread in the food processor until they turn into breadcrumbs and pour them into the mixing bowl
Then blitz the tuna in the processor until it’s well mixed
Add the tuna to the breadcrumb and add the thai fish sauce and chilli sauce
Getting your hands in, mix it all together and shape into burger patties
Grill for about 10-15 minutes (although this will vary depending how thick they are – just make sure they’re cooked in the middle before serving)
Serve on the buns with the lettuce, tomato and a little mayonnaise!
Get the Kids Involved: Measuring out the ingredients, mixing it all together, forming the burger patties, stacking the burger, lettuce and tomato onto the buns, cleaning up after!
Kitchen Monster Tip: Make sure everyone washes their hands before and after handling the raw fish
Just finished watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and fancy trying them for yourselves? Our mega meatballrecipe for kids is just the ticket. Great fun when you’re squishing all the ingredients together to make the meatballs!
Ingredients: 4 x pork sausages, 500g x lean minced beef, 1/2 x onion, 1/4 x bunch parsley, 40g x parmesan cheese, 50g x breadcrumbs, 1 x egg, a little spray oil, salt and pepper, 400g x chopped tomatoes, 1 x tsp sugar, 2 x clove garlic
Special Equipment: Mixing bowl, kitchen scales, spoon, baking tray, saucepan, chopping board, knife, garlic crusher (or just chop it finely)
Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C/G4
Squeeze the pork out of the sausage skins into the mixing bowl (then throw away the skins) and add the minced beef, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and egg
Carefully chop the onion and parsley as finely as you can and add to other ingredients in the bowl
Get your hands stuck in and start squeezing all the ingredients together until they’ve all mixed together thoroughly
Spoon out a little of the mixture and roll between your hands into a ball – you’re looking for a meatball about the size of a golf ball
Place onto the lightly greased baking tray and repeat until you’ve used up all the mixture
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes – cut one open, if it’s still pink then cook for another 5 minutes or so
While they’re baking, fry the crushed garlic in the saucepan with a little oil for 5 minutes then add the chopped tomatoes, measure in a tsp of sugar and simmer gently until ready to dish up
Serve with a bowl of spaghetti and enjoy!
Kitchen Monster Tip: To make it into a proper meal, serve with some crunchy bread and a crisp salad
It’s nice to have a Christmas Tree every year but how much nicer would it be if you could eat it too? Our Christmas Tree Cookie Stack is a great little cooking project for kids to make. Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!
Ingredients: 225g x butter, 110g caster sugar, 275g x plain flour, icing sugar, green food colouring, edible decorations, some milk chocolate
Special Equipment: mixing bowl, kitchen scales, baking tray, spoon, star cookie cutter set with different sizes, small paper cases
Pre-heat the oven to 170C and grease the baking tray with a little butter or spray oil
Add the butter, sugar and flour to the bowl and mix well until it forms a dough
Roll out the dough on a clean work surface and cut out some stars using the different cookie cutters (you’ll need 4 or 5 different sizes of star for each tree)
Lay out the cut dough on to the baking tray and cook for about 15 minutes or until they start turning golden brown
While you’re waiting for the cookies to cool, melt the chocolate in the microwave and then pour into the paper cases (1 case per tree) and place it into the fridge to set hard
Make up some green icing using icing sugar, food colouring and a little water – it’ll work best if you keep the icing nice and thick
Spread each cookie with the green icing and leave it for a minute or two to allow the icing to set slightly
Just before the icing sets hard, start stacking the cookies up – largest at the bottom up to the smallest at the top
Remove the chocolate from the fridge and remove the paper cases – these are the logs that your Christmas Tree will sit on!
Add your decorations then place your tree on top of the chocolate base
Serve and enjoy!
Kitchen Monster Tip: When you’re stacking the cookies, make sure that you put them at different angles to create the effect of tree branches
If you’re looking for a brownie recipe for kids then you could do worse than our Choc Chip Brownie Recipe. Gooey, but with a crunchy top and deliciously chocolatey. Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when the kids are cooking!
Ingredients: 185g x butter, 85g x plain flour, 40g x cocoa powder, 185g x dark chocolate, 100g x milk chocolate, 3 x eggs, 275g x caster sugar
Equipment: microwaveable bowl, 2 x mixing bowls, a sieve, square/rectangular deep baking tin, electric whisk
Break up the dark chocolate into little pieces, add them to the bowl with the butter and melt in the microwave, stirring occasionally until they form a smooth liquid
Put it to one side and allow to cool
Grease the baking tin and line with some baking parchment
Sieve the flour and cocoa into a bowl and place to one side
Bash the milk chocolate until it’s in little pieces and place to one side
Break the eggs into a bowl, add the sugar and whisk for a couple of minutes until it’s doubled in size
Pour the chocolate/butter mix in and using a spatula combine slowly – if you do this too fast you will knock out all the air out of the mixture and your brownies will be dense and heavy
When the mixture has turned brown, add the flour mix and continue combining slowly
Add the broken milk chocolate pieces and once it’s all mixed, pour into the baking tray and smooth out to the edges
Pop into a pre-heated oven at 160c (fan)/180c/4g
Bake for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the brownie comes out clean
Remove from the oven and leave to cool before removing from the baking tray
Cut into squares, serve and enjoy!
Kitchen Monster Tip: When combining the mixture with the spatula, try and fold the mixture together as softly as you can. It’ll take a little longer to mix together but you’ll keep the air in it, making your brownies nice and light
Get the Kids Involved: Measuring the ingredients, weighing them out, mixing them together, cleaning up after!
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Birthday cakes are even more special when they’re home-made and this is a great birthday cake recipe for kids to try. Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!
Ingredients: 200g x butter, 125g x caster sugar, 225g x icing sugar, 2 x eggs, 125g x self raising flour, 3 tbsp x cocoa, 2 tbsp x milk, vanilla extract
Equipment: Mixing bowl, round cake tin, candles, electric mixer
Pre-heat the oven to 160c
Grease the cake tin with a little butter, line it with grease proof paper and grease that too
Add 125g of the butter to the caster sugar and beat well
Crack one of the eggs and a little bit of the flour and mix, repeat with the second egg
Put in the remaining flour and a few drops of the vanilla extract and mix again
Pour into the cake tin and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean
Set to one side and leave to cool
Melt the remaining 75g of butter to the cocoa and in the microwave
Add the icing sugar and mix well
Get an adult to slice the cake through the middle so you have two halves
Spoon half the icing over the middle of the cake, place the other half of cake on it and spread the remaining icing on the top
Add the candles and if you want you can grate some chocolate over the top too
Kitchen Monster Tip: If the cake is starting to brown on top before it’s cooked in the middle then loosely wrap some tin foil over the top of it
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These are deliciously sweet and definitely just for special occasions. They’re also trickier than they look to get right! Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!
Ingredients: 125g x butter (or margarine), 350g x plain flour, 50g x coco powder, 1.5tsp x bicarbonate of soda, 0.5tp x salt. 250ml x natural yoghurt, 200g x sugar, 1 x egg (and for the icing 75g x butter, 550g icing sugar, 4 x table spoons milk, 1.5tsp x vanilla extract)
Special Equipment: 2 x large baking tray, electric beaters
Preheat the oven to 180C / g4
Sift the flour, bicarbinate of soda, coco and salt into a large bowl
Cream the butter, sugar and egg in a mixing bowl adding the yoghurt as you go
Add half the flour, mix well, then the rest of the flour, mixing again
Place small spoonfuls of the mixture onto the baking paper lined baking trays making sure you leave plenty of room in-between
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they feel firm
Leave aside for 20 mins or until completely cool
Beat the icing ingredient together until smooth and use the mixture to make the pies into sandwiches
Kitchen Monster Tip: Sieve some icing sugar over the pies once they’re ready to make them look even better!
If you’re looking for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat to bake, then these Jammy Hearts are just the thing. Remember to always follow the Kitchen Monsters Code when you’re in the kitchen!
Ingredients: 400g x plain flour, 150g caster sugar, 310g x butter (or margarine), 1 x egg, 90g x icing sugar, vanilla essence, strawberry jam
Special Equipment: Heart shaped cutters (large and small), baking tray, electric beater, rolling pin
Pre-heat an oven to 180c / 350f / g4
Measure out 250g of the butter and mix with the sugar until combined
Add the egg, 2 x tsp of vanilla essence and mix until nice and smooth
Add the flour and use your fingers to mix it into a nice soft dough
Transfer the dough to a flat work surface which is covered in flour and roll it out until it’s about 1 cm thick – you may want to split the dough into two to make this bit easier
Use the large heart cutter to cut out an even number of shapes
Use the small heart cutter to cut out the middle of half the shapes
Place them all on a baking tray and cook for 12 minutes
When they’re done remove from the baking tray and leave to cool
Mix 60g of butter with the icing sugar and another tsp of vanilla essence until it’s well mixed
Spread the icing onto the cooled hearts that haven’t had their middle removed
Spoon a little jam into the middle of each of the iced hearts then add the other halves to the top
Why not give them as a present to some special?
Kitchen Monster Top Tip: Don’t worry if they don’t come out as perfect shaped hearts – it just means that people will see they’re home-made and even more special