All Kinds of Breads and Buns

Be careful at all times in the kitchen if the oven or cooker is being used.

Breads and buns are great fun to make with children. Kneading is almost like playing with play-dough.

Pitta Bread

  You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon yeast

  • 1 ¼ cup warm water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3- 3 ½ cups flour

  1. Dissolve yeast in water for about 5 minutes in the bowl.

  2. Add salt and 1 ½ cups flour, beat to make a batter. Add additional flour until a rough, shaggy mass is formed. Knead 8 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour if it is too sticky.

  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into six pieces for large pittas or ten for smaller. You can make all sorts of sizes to suit different snacks and meals.

  4. Form dough into balls, then flatten with a rolling pin into ¼ inch thick discs. Try and keep an even thickness as this is what helps them ‘puff’.

  5. Let rest on the floured surface 30-40 minutes until slightly puffed. Preheat oven to 425F gas mark 7.

  6. With a large spatula, flip the rounds of dough upside down on to a baking sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes until light golden. Stick around to watch for the first five minutes of baking when the pittas perform their magic and puff up from flat pancakes to proud, four inch high pittas!

Ham and Veggie Pinwheels

  You will need:

  • 4 eight-inch flour tortillas

  • 3/4 cup light cream cheese

  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced thin

  • A few leaves of lettuce

  • 4 large slices baked ham

  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced thin

  1. First, lay out a tortilla bread on a cutting board

  2. Next, spread the cream cheese over the bread

  3. Ask an adult to help you thinly slice a tomato and some cucumber

  4. Lay a piece of ham on the bread then lay the vegetables on top

  5. Roll up the tortillas tightly and lay them seam down on the cutting board.

  6. Cut each wrap into about four pieces and stand them up on their ends.

Enjoy 

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Cheese and Tomato Pizza the Easy Way

Bread Rolls

  You will need:

  • 3 cups strong bread flour

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 packet of quick action yeast

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable or sunflower oil

  • 1 cup of warm water

  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

These measurements are easy for child to do themselves.

  1. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

  2. Make a well in the middle and add in the oil and the warm water (make sure the water is hand hot ...).

  3. Stir the mix until it comes together and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead. The kneading is the fun part, but they might need some help with this.

  4. It will take about 5 – 10 minutes to knead the dough into a nice smooth dough.

  5. Once the dough is kneaded and smooth now you can encourage the children to make it into different shapes. Try making a hedgehog or a cats head. You don't have to make just plain round rolls. 

  6. Put in a warm place to double in size – this takes around an hour.

  7. Preheat the oven to 180C 

  8. Then bake for 15 – 20 minutes for rolls, 20 – 30 minutes for loaves. When turned over the bread when tapped should be hollow sounding.

  9. Leave on a wire wrack to cool.

( The nose, whiskers and eyes on the cat bread roll were made using a paintbrush and a small amount of marmite )

  You will need:

For the pizza dough

  • 150g wholemeal flour

  • 350g strong white flour

  • 1 ½ tsp dried fast action yeast

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 400ml of warm water

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 can chopped tomatoes

  • 1 small garlic clove

  • pinch of dried thyme or mixed herbs

For the toppings

  • 160g grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese

  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 courgette, cut into rounds or spiralized

  • 1 small pack cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 can sweetcorn, drained

These measurements are easy for you to do by yourself

  1. To make the dough, put both flours into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 400ml warm water and the olive oil and mix with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough.

  2. Now it's time to use your hands. Bring together with a light knead in the bowl then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. Leave the dough to rise if you have time but it’s not essential for a thin crust.

  3. To make the sauce, blitz the tomatoes, garlic and thyme and a little seasoning, either in a food processor or using a hand blender.

  4. Get your adult to heat the oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 8. Get the toppings ready in bowls so that you can decorate your pizzas.

  5. If the dough has had time to rise, give it a little knead in the bowl, then split into four balls. On a floured surface, roll out two of the balls into wide circles using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift these onto two floured baking sheets or pizza trays.

  6. Smooth sauce over bases with a spoon. Scatter with cheese, then start making the faces. Courgette rounds make great eyes or cheeks, halved courgette rounds can be used for ears and spiralised courgette for hair. Strips of pepper are good for eyebrows and halved cherry tomatoes make great eyes or earrings. Sweetcorn can be used for teeth or freckles. It's up to you.

  7. Ask your adult to put your pizzas into the oven and cook for around 10-15 mins until crisp. You’ll want to swap the pizzas to a lower shelf halfway through the cooking time.

  8. Repeat for the second two pizzas or freeze the balls of dough in two separate freezer bags, plus any remaining sauce in a sealed container.

Veggie Pizza