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Try our nursery recipes at home!

We love to cook at nursery and here are some of our recipes for you and your child to try at home.

Banana and strawberry smoothie

You need:

2 banana

2cups of pineapple juice

1 cup of plain yoghurt

1 cup of strawberries



1. Chop the banana and strawberries into chunks

2. Put them in the blender with the yoghurt and pineapple juice

3. Secure the lid and blend until smooth

4. Pour the smoothie into glasses and drink immediately.

Welsh Cakes
You will need:
8oz/225g self raising flour
4oz/110g butter
3oz/75g Dried fruit (raisins/sultanas)
3oz/75g Caster sugar
1 medium egg
Half a teaspoon of mixed spice
Pinch of salt
Drop of milk if required

What to do:
1. Sieve flour, add mixed spice, sugar, salt and mix
2. Rub in butter with your hands to make fine breadcrumbs
3. Mix in fruit
4. Add a beaten egg
5. Add a drop of milk
6. Flour surface
7. Roll mixture onto floured surface- cut out 2cm thick rounds
8. Bake on a hot pre oiled griddle or heavy duty frying pan for 3 minutes each side
9. Sprinkle on the caster sugar whilst they are still hot
10. Enjoy!

You will need:
2pts water
8oz potatoes peeled and chopped
8oz swede peeled and chopped
8oz onion peeled and chopped
8oz carrots peeled and chopped
8oz leek cleaned and sliced thinly
1/2 small cabbage
2tbsp vegetable oil

What to do:
Heat some vegetable oil in a large pan and seasoning. Add all of the vegetables to the pan cover with water. Simmer for 40 minutes on the hob stirring occasionally.
Cawl can be made all year round just adjust vegetables according to season.
Cawl is traditionally made with lamb but tastes lovely without.

If you would like to add the lamb you will need:
6 small lamb shanks
You would need to cook the lamb first in the pan, add the onion and allow for the lamb to brown all over. Add the water bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 40 minutes. Then simply follow the instructions above to add the vegetables.

Banana Cake
8oz self raising flour
3oz butter/margarine
6oz Sugar
Pinch of salt
2 Large eggs
Quarter of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
3 old bananas
Optional - 4oz nuts/chocolate chips
Cake tin or loaf tin

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade
Cream the butter and sugar
Add eggs
Add flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda
Mix together
Mash the banana with a fork
Add the banana to the cake mixture and mix
Grease the cake tin with butter
Put mixture into the cake tin
Cook in oven for about 1 hour, checking if its cooked by
inserting a knife into the middle. If the knife is dry when you take it out the mixture will be cooked.

Fun Mini Pizzas
You will need:
2 bread muffins cut in half or 4 mini pizza bases
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup
90g grated cheese
Selection of vegetables to make faces of the pizzas for example-sweetcorn,peppers,mushrooms,courgettes, olives, pepperoni slices,mozarella slices

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade
2.Mix together tomato puree, tomato ketchup in a bowl and spread on bases
3.Sprinkle grated cheese
4.Make a face with the vegetables or just add them to the top
5. Carefully plavce them on a baking tray and cook for 10-12 minutes

If you would prefer you could make your own pizza bases

Pizza bases
You will need:
190g Strong white bread flour
190g Wholemeal flour
1 sachet of instant yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
125ml Water
50ml Milk
3 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil

What to do:
1. Put the flours,yeast and sugar in a bowl
2. In a saucepanon a low heat, heat water, milk
and olive oil until hot then add the flour and yeast mixture
3. Stir together, put the dough on a floured surface
4. Knead the mixture until smooth and elastic
cover with clingfilm and leave to rest for 10 mins
5. Cut dough in half and roll to approx 30cm in a base shape or cut into
small bases using a round cutter
6. Place each base on a non stick or lightly greased baking tray
7. Cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about 30 mins
8. Add toppings; bake in 225 degrees centigrade/ Gas mark 7 oven on the lowest rack for about 15 mins

Berry Smoothie
You will need:
1 small carton of strawberry yoghurt
4-6 washed strawberries
50g of washed blueberries
A little bit of milk

To make the smoothie add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend mixture together then serve

You will need:
110g/ 4oz Plain flour
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
275ml milk

1. Sift the flour into a bowl
2. Add the eggs
3. Use a whisk to mix small amounts of the milk at a time to the mixture
4. Whisk until mixture is smooth and runny
5. Leave the mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes
6. Heat a frying pan with a teaspoon of vegetable oil
7. Add mixture

Add whatever you fancy, bananas, lemon, sugar, syrup, strawberries or why dont you try a savory option for example adding ham and cheese, cheese sauce and broccolli, mushrooms and cheese.

Gingerbread Men
350g/12oz of plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
125g/ 4 and a half ounces of butter
175g/6oz soft brown sugar
1 free range egg
4 tablespoons of golden syrup

To make the gingerbread:

Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl

Add the butter and mix until it looks like breadcrumbs

Stir in the sugar.Beat the egg and golden syrup together and mix into a dough

Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.Roll the dough out to a cm thickness on a slightly floured surface

Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown.

Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.

Jam Tarts
You will need:

8oz/250g Plain Flour
4oz/100g Butter cut into cubes
2-3 tablespoons of cold water
A pinch of salt
Any fruit Jam

Preheat the oven to 180c/ Gas mark 4
Lightly grease the tart mould tray

To make the pastry
Put the flour, butter and pinch of salt into a bowl
Rub the butter and flour together with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cold water and use a cold knife to stir the mixture until the dough binds into a ball
Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes

or buy ready made pastry

Lightly flour the work surface and role out the mixture to half a cm thickness
Use a circular cutter to cut out circles of pastry just bigger than the tart mould and press them into the moulds
Place a heaped tablespoon of jam into the pastry moulds
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden brown