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7 recipes to make with your kids

They're simple, fun, and not too messy

There’s something about isolation that has half the planet baking up a storm at the moment. Stores have sold out of stables like yeast and flour as demand has sky-rocketed. It could be the simple warm comfort of a freshly baked treat, or that it’s time-consuming and distracting. 

And for those with kids, it’s an opportunity to keep them busy for a few hours during lockdown. These seven new recipes are simple enough for the kids to lead, perfect for an afternoon activity, and won’t leave your kitchen in a mess.   

EASY MICROWAVE CHOCOLATE “CHEESECAKE”
Cheesecake can be a daunting feat for any home baker, but this one from Foodies SA uses just four ingredients and a quick blitz in the microwave. Kids will love bashing the oreos into a crumb for the base (in a sealed plastic bag - no mess, no fuss). The yogurt and condensed milk mimic the creamy tanginess of cream cheese, and the oreo base is simple but delicious.  Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stir, microwave again, chill overnight, and it’s done. Then, just top the slices with fresh raspberries and dust with icing sugar for a pretty finish. Watch below, or visit the Foodies SA website for the microwave chocolate cheesecake recipe.

RICE KRISPIE EASTER EGG NESTS
Easter may have passed, but we’re firmly of the belief that Easter eggs are fair game for the whole of April - at least. Teach your kids how to make these super easy no-bake Rice Krispie Easter egg nests with melted marshmallows, creamy icing swirls and mini chocolate Easter eggs. Parents can help to mix the marshmallow and Rice Krispy mixture in a saucepan over high heat. Once cooled, the kids can get their hands dirty and mould the nests into a greased muffin pan. While the nests cool completely in the fridge, let the kids mix icing sugar and butter in a small bowl to make the icing. With the nests thoroughly cooled and the icing ready the kids can go wild when decorating their colourful Easter egg Rice Krispie nests. Watch the full recipe below.

EASY PULL-APART PIZZA BREAD
Pizza bread is involved enough to keep you and the kids occupied for a few hours, but simple enough that they’ll still enjoy the process. The fluffy baked dough balls filled with melted cheese are an indulgent treat too. You’ll need to help out with making the dough, but the kids will enjoy enclosing the cheese in the dough balls, brushing the bread with tomato paste, sprinkling cheese and herbs over the top, and baking it to perfection. Watch the tutorial below, and if it sounds like the perfect mouth-watering afternoon, grab the recipe from Woolworths Taste magazine.

ZOLA NENE’S VANILLA CARAMEL SANDWICH COOKIES
Zola Nene's vanilla caramel sandwich cookies make for a fun and interactive few hours of baking. The recipe is easy enough for the kids to do most of it on their own. Mom and dad may need to help out with the oven, but the kids can go wild, making the dough, kneading it, rolling it out and cutting it into fun shapes.  After baking the cookies, let the kids add caramel swirls and smoosh two cookies together to complete the delicious cookie sandwich. You can follow the full recipe on her Instagram highlights or grab the full recipe from Zola Nene’s website.

NO-BAKE UNICORN POPCORN TREATS
Turn simple popcorn into a unicorn-themed wonder with colourful chocolate swirls, melty baked marshmallows, and drizzles of white chocolate. You’ll need to help with preparing the popcorn and melted chocolate, as well as the oven-baking of the marshmallows, but the rest is super simple and a lot of fun. Plus, kids will love to eat the sticky, colourful treats. You can watch the video below, or follow the no-bake unicorn popcorn treat recipe.

UNICORN POOP MERINGUES SWIRLS
Kids will delight in this silly, fun recipe. These unicorn-themed meringue swirls are easy to make and allow your kids to get as creative as they like. This simple treat only needs two ingredients for the meringue, caster sugar and egg whites. Once the mixture is whisked into stiff peaks, let the kids choose their favourite colours to paint on the inside of the piping bag. They can go as bright and crazy as they like. The parents may need to help fill the piping bag with the meringue mixture, and show them how to pipe perfect, even “poops” onto the baking tray. Once baked in the oven for an hour, let your kids personalize their meringue swirls with the colours and fondant decorations of their choice. You can watch the full recipe below or view it on BBC Good Food.

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN NUGGETS
Let the kids make their own dinner with easy and healthy oven-baked chicken nuggets and home-made tomato sauce. Parents can help prep the tomato sauce over the stove. For the nuggets, let the kids crush cornflake pieces in a plastic bag and grate an array of vegetables into a mixing bowl with minced chicken. Here the kids can get creative and shape the vegetable chicken mixture into any shape they like, before coating it in crushed cornflakes and setting it on a baking tray. Follow the video below or get the full recipe from the Taste.com website.

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