May-k With The Family: Easy Baking Ideas
Why not have fun in the kitchen over the Bank Holiday weekend? You and your little helpers can cook up some delicious sweet treats or even a few picnic snacks to make use of later in the break.
You won’t want to spend too much of the bank holiday weekend watching the oven or shopping for cake baking supplies, so how about some tropical rocky road? This classic just combines melted chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits and traditionally currants.
But for a tropical twist this Spring, add in some dried mango and pineapple in place of the currants, with a little desiccated coconut to give the flavour a Bank Holiday boost. Once chilled and set, these can be stored for up to 3 days – perfect easy picnic food or a post barbecue treat.
For a summery savoury favourite for all the family, how about a pastry-less pork pie? Replace the pastry casing with courgette slices – ideally prepared with a mandolin if you have one. Slice thinly lengthways and add to a griddle pan with a little oil until softened and grill marked. Line the base of a tin with overlapped slices, leaving enough excess to cover the sides and top of the pie and add a few breadcrumbs to the base. Add minced pork combined with the zest of a lemon, 1 egg, red peppers and parsley (which is fun for the little ones to mix together by hand) then fold the courgette over the top to complete the pie. Bake for 75 minutes, leave to cool and serve or pack.