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Cookery: Cheesecakes

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Yesterday, we decided to make strawberry cheesecakes. It was fairly simple, but quite messy! I love cooking with the girls, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about ratios, numbers (addition and subtraction etc.), units, textures, smells, origin of foods – I find cooking links onto so many other subjects!

Below I shall put the list of ingredients along with instructions, should you wish to make some of your own. The following ingredients made us 10 generous sized cheesecakes.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 350g soft cheese
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 200g plain digestive biscuits (about half a large pack)
  • 125g unsalted butter (half a block)
  • Half a jar of strawberry compot

TO MAKE:

  1. Melt the butter slowly in a saucepan, on a very low heat. Once melted, put to one side while you complete the next step.
  2. Crush the digestive biscuits up in a bowl, using the end of a rolling pin. Do this until the biscuits become fine crumbs. You can alternatively put the biscuits in a food freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin, or blitz in a food processor, depending on the childs level of experience.
  3. Pour the biscuit crumbs into the saucepan of metled butter and mix thoroughly.
  4. In another bowl, add the soft cheese and the icing sugar and whisk together.
  5. Add about one heaped tablespoon of the biscuit mix to each ramekin and pat down with a spoon until level.
  6. Next, layer an equal amount of the sugary cream cheese to each ramekin.
  7. Top off your cheesecakes with your desired amount of strawberry compot -we used about a level tablespoon, for each cheescake.
  8. Finally, don’t forget to chill your cheesecakes for a couple of hours, for best results… Although, if you’re like me and my little ones, theres no harm in skipping this step and tucking in!

Here are some pictures of Ava, making her very own cheesecake! She even decided to write her name on the foil so she knew which ones were hers.

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Monkey Platter!

I wanted to share our monkey platter with you.

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It is simply just a platter of fresh fruit and vegetables. While the girls sit and eat their breakfast, I prepare the platter. Once served, the girls will snack on the platter freely throughout the day.

I find from leaving the platter out, for the girls to snack on freely, we see less tantrums and fall outs throughout the day.

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It doesn’t take long for tiny hands to whisk away a little treat to nibble on.

Her first cookery lesson

So cooking is definitely a very important subject to learn. Most people can’t get through life without it. So, as well as getting Ava (and eventually Emily) involved with my cooking every evening, I am dedicating a lesson per week for her to do all by herself.

Here is our first lesson on cooking, it went pretty well considering she is only 3. The only thing I needed to do was measure everything out beforehand. Because it went so well I think we will try and make pizza next week.

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We got this idea from Here we are together’s blog,¬† you can find the recipe in their free cooking curriculum. I will also post our recipe on our cooking page. Give them a try! They taste so yummy and they are lots if fun for the kids to make!