I love baking with my children. Measuring and weighing, chopping, mixing and decorating our home bakes make for a fun and educational activity. It also gives us special time. We are totally focused on our activity and each other. We chat more, laugh together and learn together.
Having your children enjoy creating in the kitchen is also an important life skill. I realise that one can cope just fine without mince pies, but I'm talking about baking or cooking in general. Simple things like using a knife, following a recipe, mixing ingredients, working the oven…these all add up to a more savvy child. And hopefully one who will enjoy making food in their own kitchen one day.
This Christmas, we have a quick and easy mince pie recipe for mum's to help get their toddlers involved in preparing for the Christmas dinner. Follow the simple steps below and instead of the usual cup cakes try making this delicious festive treat!
Mince Pie Filling
For the filling it is fine to use a bought mincemeat of your choice. Add additional spices to the mincemeat to give richer flavour if you like.
What you need:
Mince Pie Pastry
What to do:
This simple recipe is a hit with my children, who don't like the traditional mince pies. They are a little too spicy and rich in fruit flavours. But this one is more subtle.
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I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.