10 puff pastry ideas to try out with your kids.
Ready made pastry is a great thing. Even top chefs admit to buying pastry. As your child get's older it would be a great idea to teach them how to make pastry from scratch - and for these ideas you can do just that now. If you go to the cooking page of the website I will put my tried and trusted pastry recipes on there. But making pastry takes time. And depending on your child's age - time is a strange notion. Children want to see the results of their labour in a short amount of time.
Buying the pastry in blocks or ready rolled will save all the hastle. Take a look at the ideas below. They are in no particular order, I like them all.
Let's start with ....
1. Cream Slice
It might be best to buy the pre-rolled puff pastry for this one.
The one in the picture has apple on the bottom layer, but that can be jam.
Get the children to cut the pastry into rectangles. A good chance to get even the very small children to practise their knife cutting skills. Bake the rectangles until risen and nice and crisp. Next, leave the pastry to cool. For the bottom layer spoon on some fruit or jam. Then, get is the fun bit - whisking up the double cream. Children love to use mixers. Now is the time to put a layer of cream. After that put another rectangle of pastry on top. Finally, you could dust the top with some icing sugar or make up the icing sugar and drizzle it on top.
2. Cheese and Ham Swirls
Lay out the puff pasty sheet on the worktop. Again, this might be another one for the pre-rolled puff. First, cover the pastry with ham, then sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Next, roll up the pastry like a giant sausage.
Once you have your sausage, slice it.
Place the slices on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
You can add other sliced meat instead of the ham. Talk to your child about what they might like in their swirls next time.
Now this one is a little harder. You have to
lay two sheets puff pastry on a work surface. Using a round cutter, cut circles out of each sheet of pastry. Transfer half of those circles to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a smaller cutter to cut centres out of the remaining circles.
Brush the first circles with beaten egg, then put the cut circles on top. Brush again with beaten egg. Put in the oven and bake.
You can then fill the cooled vol au vents however you want. It might be a nice idea to mix some cream cheese with sweetcorn.
Ask your child what they think is going to happen and why they have put a cut circle on the top before you put them in the oven.
4. Pizza Style Puff
Now with this one you can let your child use the rolling pin.
Roll out the pastry and lay it on a baking sheet. It doesn't really matter what shape it is. Next, put on a thin layer of tomato passata. You can add some herbs to the passata if you wish. Then put on a layer of grated cheese and the toppings of your choice (or your child's choice). Don't put your topping all the way to the edge because you want the rim to rise up a bit higher than the middle. Bake and enjoy.
5. Cheese Straws
Roll out the pastry and scatter some grated cheese on top. Fold the pastry over and roll out again.
Ask your child to cut the pastry into strips. Now ask them to twist the strips and lay them on the baking tray.
Bake in the oven.
Really easy and a good way to use up left over bits of pastry.
You could always add some chopped up ham to the cheese and have a cheese and ham straw.
6. Lemon cream cheese puff
First put a couple of table-spoons of cream cheese in a bowl and mix in a teaspoon of sugar - grated rind of a lemon and a drop of vanilla essence.
Roll out a strip of pastry. Put the cream cheese mix in the middle. Next put some lemon curd on top of the cream cheese.
Now help your child make cuts on both sides. Help them to plait the pastry.
Use an egg glaze on top and bake in the oven.
when it comes out of the oven dust with icing sugar.
7. Raspberry Jam Straws
Roll out the pastry into a large rectangle. Cut into two pieces.
On one piece spread the jam.
Put the other pieces of pastry on top like a sandwich.
Roll out again, very gently so that the jam doesn't squeeze out.
More practice of using a knife as you instruct your child to cut strips.
Twist the strips and place on a baking tray. Into the oven and bake. When you take them out of the oven sprinkle with sugar. The jam will be very hot so do not left yo child try them until they have cooled down.
8. Hot Dog Twist
Really easy this one.
Just wrap the hot dogs in strips of puff pastry and bake.
You could also ask your child to cut the hot dogs into bite size pieces. Hot dogs are really easy to cut. Then wrap each small hot dog in a little pastry.
don't forget the egg wash before you put them in the oven.
9. Sausage Rolls
Another easy one. If you don't have any loose sausage meat then remove the skins from sausages. At this point you can add some herbs and a tiny pinch of salt.
Roll out the pastry into a long strip. Put in the sausage meat and then roll the pastry over the top of it. Cut into bite size sausage rolls. Brush with egg wash and bake.
10. Chocolate and banana puffs
your child can roll out the pastry and cut into squares. A good opportunity to talk about shapes. In the middle of each square put a little chocolate spread. A small amount of cream cheese and a slice of banana. They might need help with this as children tend to put too much in.
Ask them to fold up the corners and brush with egg wash.
When you take them out of the oven ask your child to sprinkle them with some icing sugar. They will love these.
Well there you are 10 easy things to cook with your child using puff pastry.