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Top 10 kid-friendly baking recipes

Keep little hands busy in the kitchen creating these treats. From slices to cupcakes, biscuits and gelato to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Top 10 kid-friendly baking recipes

FOOLPROOF CUPCAKES

No matter what you like to sprinkle on top of your cupcakes, we’ve provided a foolproof recipe to make sure your baked treats turn out perfectly, every time. Place decorative items and coloured icing on a bench and let your kids’ creative imagination run wild by putting together the finishing touches!

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RETRO CUSTARD SLICE

Take a walk down memory lane with this old family favourite. Sweet and sticky custard encased in crisp puff pastry, these custard slices are a real treat for kids and adults alike. Decorate with toasted flaked almonds and a sprinkle of icing sugar before serving. Your kids will love this retro-treat as much as you once did.

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MINI PAVLOVAS

What could be better than a crispy meringue pavlova topped with fresh whipped cream and tropical fruits? Lots of mini pavolvas. The perfect kid-size summer indulgence, try taking the little ones with you to shop for the ingredients. Let them pick their favourite fruit toppings and encourage them to try new fruits based on colour, smell and texture.

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PEANUT BLONDIES

Deliciously-dunkable, these chewy-centred white-chocolate and peanut biscuits are so easy to make. If peanuts aren’t a household favourite try adding chopped macadamias, dried fruits or different types of chunky chocolate. This recipe makes 24 cookies so there will  be plenty to share around and give to friends and neighbours.

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NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE SLICE

This no-fuss, bake and refrigerate chocolate slice is the perfect warm-weather dessert to whip up with the kids. If you’re worried that they will turn up their little noses at the peppermint filling, substitute peppermint essence with some vanilla essence or whatever else takes your fancy. Great for when unexpected guests pop by for coffee over the weekend too.

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BUTTERMILK SCONES

Do you remember baking scones with your mum or grandmother? Always a crowd-pleaser, buttermilk scones have a way of bringing the whole family together. We’ve included a recipe to make your own quince jelly, but you can try creating other flavoured preserves like traditional strawberry or raspberry. Place some extra jelly in a jar as a gift for grandparents – they’re sure to be impressed.

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HOMEMADE GELATO

I scream, you scream, we all scream for … gelato! This cold-food treat uses creamy ricotta and easy-to-find maple syrup for a cold treat that’s sweet and creamy. Don’t be afraid to try this recipe – it’s a lot easier to whip up then you might think. Serve in your favourite waffle-cones and drizzle with ice-magic for a crunchy homemade choc-top.

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MARSHMALLOW MADNESS

Who doesn’t love a melt-in-your-mouth, soft as a cloud marshmallow? Have fun creating different types of marshmallows by adding food colouring or flavoured-essence for your own unique marshmallow creations – like rosewater. We’ve topped ours with salted-butterscotch but you can roll yours in crushed nuts, sprinkles, desiccated coconut… the possibilities are endless!

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LOADED LAMINGTONS

Give traditional lamingtons an unexpected twist with this Black-forest inspired recipe, using in season cherries. You can substitute the cherry jam with any of your favourite fruit jams or blend some raspberries with a little icing sugar for a berry coulis topping. Serve with fresh whipped-cream and a little extra drizzle of chocolate sauce.

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ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES

Do the hokey-pokey with these ice-cream delights. Sandwich your favourite ice cream  (or even the homemade gelato) above with chewy biscuits like the previously mentioned peanut blondies. Wrap in a bit of baking paper and tie up with string to stop the sandwiches from falling apart. Perfect for a warm summers day or picnic at the park, these biscuits are quick and easy to make, just ensure you make enough to go around!

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