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    Cooking with the kids provides the perfect opportunity to interact in a fun way. Whilst you may be moulding the next Nigella or Gordon with your culinary teachings, at the very least you will be able to pass on an appreciation for food and its preparation, as well as instill good, healthy eating habits.

    It can be educational too!

    In addition to being loads of fun, preparing food is also a great way for kids to improve their basic level of literacy and numeracy. If they are made to follow a recipe it could help them to improve their reading, language and comprehension skills. It could also help further advance their maths ability through counting, deciphering fractions and weighing and measuring ingredients. Heck – it can even help them develop fine motor skills!

    Even if you are a self proclaimed ‘terrible cook,’ here are some recipe ideas that even the greatest cooking novice can attempt with the kids.

    Chocolate Rice Bubble Crackles

    Serves 12

    Fairy cup cakesIngredients

    Cup Cake Batter
    2 eggs
    115g sugar
    115g self-raising flour
    115g butter, melted

    Icing
    135g icing sugar
    55g butter
    30g cocoa powder, sifted

    Method

    Preparation: 30 minutes › Cook: 10 minutes › Ready: 40 minutes

    1. Cup Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 180 degrees°C and prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with paper baking cases.
    2. Using a beater, whisk together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
    3. Gradually add the flour and the melted butter, gently folding the mixture together.
    4. Pour the mixture evenly into the paper cases.
    5. Bake the cakes for 10-15 minutes, until golden on top and a skewer inserted carefully into one of the buns comes out clean. Allow to cool for ten minutes on a wire rack before removing from tin. Once the buns are cool, ice them liberally and smooth with a knife.
    6. Icing: Using a beater, whip together the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder.

    Chocolate Cornflake Crackles

    Serves 12

    Choc Corn flake cracklesIngredients

    • 230g plain or milk chocolate, in pieces
    • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
    • 60g butter or margarine
    • 60g corn flakes

    Method

    Preparation time: 10 minutes › Cooking time: 5 minutes

    1. Place 12 patty cups in a cup cake tin.
    2. Put the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a heavy based saucepan over low heat until melted; stir until smooth.
    3. Fold in the corn flakes or rice bubbles until evenly mixed then divide the mixture between the patty cups. Chill in the refrigerator until set.

    Chocolate Rice Bubble Crackles

    Serves 20

    Chocolate crackles

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups Rice Bubbles
    • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
    • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    • 1 cup desiccated coconut
    • 250g copha

    Method

    Preparation time: 15 minutes

    1. Mix dry ingredients together. Melt copha over a low heat until melted – do not boil. Mix melted copha and dry ingredients well. Spoon into paper patty cases and set in refrigerator.

    Recipes and images courtesy of All Recipes Australia. For more simple recipe ideas to try with the kids, visit their website: allrecipes.com.au