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23 Feb, 2016

This easy Banana cupcake recipe post is an updated post from 2 years ago, when Reuben was less than 2.

I still love this recipe because it uses only natural sugar (from banana and honey) and it’s fool-proof!

Nowadays I like to make it with the kids and I’ve updated this post with a quick video giving you a snapshot of the recipe plus some cute fingers for extra ‘awww’ factor!

Carry on reading for the full recipe instructions and more pictures.

Easy Banana Cupcake Recipe – Jan 2014

You might want to sit down for this, but I have been baking!! After my post last week about fussy eaters in which I discovered “pudding is important”, I’ve been thinking about how to make sure Reuben has two courses at dinner times. I found what looked like an easy banana cupcake recipe last night and decided I would give it a go today.

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Mum/Son Firework Date night

07 Nov, 2014

My memories of Angel Delight Desserts are nothing but happy. And in the mid-80s Angel Delight was the height of sophistication in our house. A real treat, no less! Mum tells me it was often used as a trendy way to make trifle. And I once ate a whole pack of butter saying it was “Angel Delight”. Mmmmmm…

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Pea and Sweetcorn mini omelettes

02 Oct, 2014

So, Reuben is a fussy eater. He likes a few set meals and while his diet is balanced, it’s not what you would call varied! A good while ago I read nearly every post on a site called Your Kids Table, in which the author and Paediatric occupational therapist, Alisha, discussed what to do if you think your child won’t eat certain foods because they don’t like the texture. Apparently sensory activities are great for this and can dramatically improve what your child will eat. She has handily put together this fab post full of sensory bin ideas, and we have been starting small (and slow because there aren’t enough hours in the day!). Today I’m sharing a part sensory, part cooking experiment I did with Reuben a few weeks ago…I call it cooking with toddlers, but really this was more about learning through play than eating!

Cooking with Toddlers – Pea and Sweetcorn mini omelettes

1. Firstly, I gave Reuben a bowl of frozen peas (nice and cold sensory explosion!), a bowl of sweetcorn, a spoon and a mixing jug. I let him explore without interfering and the first thing he did was stick his hand into the peas and gives one a try. *punches air* Progress already!

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

This is a bit cold!

2. He then went about moving the peas, first with the spoon and then he just tipped the whole lot into the jug.

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

3. On to the sweetcorn – look at the lovely mix of colours! He didn’t want to touch or try the sweetcorn, but that’s OK, all in good time. He enjoyed having a mix and making a mess!

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

4. Then once he had made a good ol’ mess, we scooped everything up (the surfaces and his hands were clean!) into a bowl and cracked in some eggs. At this point I encouraged him to mix with the fork and kept an eye on him to make sure he didn’t put it in his mouth.

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

5. Then we cooked the mixture. Now this was the tricky bit, hence no photos, but I really wanted him to see how it went from a runny mess into little omelettes. I spooned some mixture into the pan but was very careful to keep him away from the heat. He was genuinely interested to see what was going on! Then once the mini omelettes had cooled a little, we sat at the table and he tried some. He didn’t eat it all or even much more than a mouthful but hands down, there is no way he would have tried some if he hadn’t been so involved…

Cooking with toddlers is a great idea, especially for fussy eaters (he actually eats some at the end!!)! And it's a fun sensory activity too. Here we make mini omelettes using frozen peas and sweetcorn. Click here for instructions: http://mumsdays.com/cooking-with-toddlers/

So, a little success with our first attempt at cooking with toddlers. I find that it’s quite difficult to think of other things we could make together.

Do you do any cooking with toddlers? What recipes would you recommend?

I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below and feel free to link to any posts you’ve done about it!

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21 Aug, 2014

I experienced a bit of a revelation the other day when buying a croissant with jam here in Portugal…Jelly to American’s is the same as our Jam! I literally thought if we ordered the Croissant with Jelly, we’d get, well, a croissant with jelly. But no, the waitress assured me it would be jam. So, all these years I had assumed the famous America delicacy of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich was made with actual jelly!! What a dork! I know you all know this but I didn’t. And, now I understand Claire’s invention; her Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie recipe is a classic American combination…it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in cookie form! What a genius.

Without further ado I bring you…

Cookie Recipe – Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Guest post from Claire Manby

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

Peanut butter and jelly (jam!) cookies

This cookie recipe was born out of a need to bake biscuits but not enough butter in the house…hence the peanut butter! They are really easy to make and I have made them several times with George, and my littler helper was ever present when I made these to share with you today.

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

Our official household biscuit and cake sampler testing today’s mix.

Ingredients

So, first off, have a good rummage in your cupboards or nip to the shop and assemble your ingredients for this cookie recipe;

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

  • 50g (2oz) Softened Butter
  • 50g (2oz) Crunchy Peanut Butter (you can use smooth but the nutty bits are nice in the cookies also try and get one with no added sugar)
  • 50g (2oz) Caster Sugar
  • 150g (5oz) Self Raising Flour
  • Jam of your choice
  • 50g (2oz) Icing Sugar (optional)
  • Lemon Juice (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease two baking trays.

2. Add your Butter, Peanut Butter and Caster Sugar to your bowl and beat together. I would suggest using a wooden spoon and elbow grease as an electric whisk breaks down the pieces of nuts.

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

3. Add your flour (no need to sieve) and mix with your spoon until your mixture looks a bit like large breadcrumbs.

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

4. Add a couple of tablespoons on water and bring the dough together with your hand till it forms a ball, adding more water if necessary. Roll the dough into 16 balls and squash them slightly flat with your hands before placing on your baking tray.

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

5. You now need to make a hole in your cookies for your Jam. I use the rounded end of my teaspoon and wiggle it about to make the whole bigger. You’ll need to improvise with what you can find in your kitchen or use your finger. Don’t make the hole all the way through just about half way down.

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

6. Once the holes are made fill them with your Jam but try not to get it on the sides of the cookie as it will burn slightly.

7. Bake them for 15 -20 minutes until pale golden in colour. Remove them from the tray and cool on a wire rack.

8. You can then leave them as they are but I like to add some icing as I think it makes them look prettier. Measure your icing sugar in to a bowl and add a couple of tablespoons of water. I also add some lemon juice as I think this improves the flavour of the icing. You want it to be quite runny as you need to drizzle it all over your cookies. I place kitchen towel under my cooling rack and can then drizzle away without a ton of mess or the icing pooling around the bottom of the biscuit (which is what happens if you do it on a plate).

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

The finished article, enjoy with a cuppa and friends.

I’ve also made these with almond butter and flaked almonds as well as the icing on top with Cherry jam which gave them a bit of a bakewell tart feel.

Thank you Claire!

Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Recipe - a classic American combination (peanut butter and jelly) in a cookie! And, easy to make with kids: http://mumsdays.com/cookie-recipe-peanut-butter/

Claire is 32 and lives in the lovely county of Suffolk. She shares her home with her other half, Ian, a London Firefighter, her gorgeous 2 ½ year old son, George, and their rescue dog, Larry.

She has a passion for doing makes her happy; cooking and baking; knitting and crafting; and she’s also a bookworm! I’m the youngest member by quite a way of our local WI, I’m a big animal lover especially Dogs and Horses and we’re out most days enjoying the countryside that we live in.

Of being a mums Claire says “Being a Mum has changed my life dramatically. George has meant I get a lot less sleep, and my patience tested daily. I cry at the most ridiculous things and have a whole new world of world of worry but he has also brought me unimaginable amounts joy and love.”

Read Claire’s childbirth story here!

 

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18 Aug, 2014

I once spent a miserable January making a hundred cupcakes in a bid to win customers for my old business, in the pre-Reuben days. I vowed then and there never to make another cupcake…that is until I had a child and saw this awesome guest post from Grace, who writes the blog 3 Boys and a Cat! The cupcake recipe she shares with us today is an easy 5 step process to the perfect cupcake.

You will never look back again!

Cupcake recipe – A simple guide to perfect cupcakes

Step 1: Preparation

Whilst you may be eager to get whisking and licking out that bowl, preparation is the one of the most important aspects of successful baking. Baking is as much a science as an art and accuracy is paramount.

  • Pre-heat the oven (180°c/gas mark 4)
  • Line your cupcake tray with paper cases
  • Weigh out your ingredients

The four main ingredients in a basic cake mix are sugar, butter, eggs and flour (self-raising). There are many a cupcake recipe out there each using varying amounts of these four basic ingredients.

My preferred method is very simple, easy to remember and gives great results – a light, fluffy and moist cupcake every time:

Weigh your eggs (with the shells on).  2 eggs will make a dozen cupcakes. Whatever your eggs weighed use that weight for the sugar, butter and flour.

For example, if your eggs weighed 120g you would measure out 120g flour, 120g sugar and 120g butter. Essentially you will have equal amounts of all the ingredients. 

Cupcake recipe - how to make the perfect cupcake in 5 easy steps! http://mumsdays.com/cupcake-recipe/

Step 2: Mixing it up

  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and whisk.
  • Fold in the flour – I also added some vanilla paste at this point, you could also add cocoa powder if you wanted chocolate flavoured cakes. I also added half a teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cases

Cupcake recipe - how to make the perfect cupcake in 5 easy steps! http://mumsdays.com/cupcake-recipe/

Step 3: Bake

Bake the cakes in the oven for about 15-20 minutes; they should be well-risen, golden brown and spring back to the touch.

Cupcake recipe - how to make the perfect cupcake in 5 easy steps! http://mumsdays.com/cupcake-recipe/

Step 4: Make the icing

For perfect chocolate butter icing you will need:

  • 100g icing sugar;
  • 100g dark chocolate (melted); and
  • 100g butter (it must be real butter, don’t be tempted to use spread!)

Whisk the icing sugar and butter together (being careful not make your kitchen look like it has been in a blizzard) until really smooth and creamy, then add the melted dark chocolate (milk chocolate would be too sickly sweet) and whisk again. Use an electric whisk for best results.

Cupcake recipe - how to make the perfect cupcake in 5 easy steps! http://mumsdays.com/cupcake-recipe/

Step 5: Decorate

Pipe the icing onto your cake in swirls and add any decorations you wish. You can always just spread the icing on if you don’t have a piping set. I decorated my cakes with freeze-dried strawberries as they add great colour and taste delicious too. Don’t forget to lick the bowl!

Cupcake recipe - how to make the perfect cupcake in 5 easy steps! http://mumsdays.com/cupcake-recipe/

Step 6: Enjoy

Eat your cake with a cake fork on a floral plate; it just tastes better that way.

Cupcake recipe - how to make the perfect cupcake in 5 easy steps! http://mumsdays.com/cupcake-recipe/

Thank you Grace!

That’s good, isn’t it? I really want one!

Do you have a secret Cupcake Recipe that gives you perfect cupcakes every time? Do share your methods in the comments below…

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