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Inspire your junior chefs with this simple idea for tasty home baking!

Cooking with kids is a fun way of encouraging them to take an interest in raw ingredients and teaching them a valuable life skill. We all know at least one fussy child who’s more comfortable with a cheese sandwich than a broccoli bake, but it’s often the case that if they help with the cooking, they’ll be more inclined to try out the results. Next time you have a spare afternoon, put on your comfy casuals and consider making this tasty tray bake together!

Treacle tart chunks

Remember the sweet joy of a school dinner treacle tart? With this recipe you can recreate that delicious taste at home. You’ll need:

  • 750g golden syrup
  • 120g rolled oats
  • Zest and juice of a lemon
  • 320g sheet ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
  • 175g freshly made breadcrumbs
  • 3 large eggs, beaten together



Start by heating up the oven to gas mark 6 or 180C/200C, then use greaseproof paper to line a 30cm x 20cm baking tray. Open out your roll of pastry and place it in the centre, leaving a little extra to press up the sides. Then cover with another sheet of greaseproof paper and weigh down with baking beans before baking blind for 20 minutes.

Next, take it out of the oven to remove the top layer of paper and the beans, and then return to the oven for 10 minutes more, until light brown in colour. 

Blend together the remaining ingredients and spoon onto the pastry, place into the oven once more and allow to cook for a further 40 minutes. The mixture will be golden brown and set when ready. Allow it to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into generous chunks.

If you happen to have any leftovers, they can be wrapped in cling film and used in the kids’ packed lunches!


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