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As part of the World Space Week 2011 I decided to brave cooking with J again and as we are waiting for our UFO’s to dry to complete them today was the perfect opportunity.
So the perfect thing to bake seemed to be Rock Cakes – which have now been christened Space Rock Cakes and even got sprinkled with Space Dust.
What you need to make Space Rock Cakes
Bowl, Scales, Mixing Spoon, Baking Tray, Spoon, Fish Slice
100g/3 and a half oz of margarine or butter
200g/7oz plain flour
2tsp baking powder
75g/2 and a half oz brown sugar
125g/4 and a half oz raisins
1 egg beaten
2 tbsp milk
Edible Glitter (our space dust)
Pre-heat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas Mark 6
How to make Space Rock Cakes
As J is fairly young (just 2) I measured out all the ingredients for him and placed them in deli containers with lids in preparation for mixing but with an older child or one who wasn’t on their 2nd ever venture into baking/cooking you could introduce weighing and measuring to them. I also set up the working area – our kitchen is in disarray at the moment so we used J’s little table in the kitchen (easier to clean up).
What I wish I had done and I will be doing in the future is create a picture based recipe card for us to follow as this would be fun for him to them use in pretend play. With J’s help we greased the baking tray with some margarine. As the above picture shows we put the flour and baking powder into a bowl and then added the margarine then crumbled the mix with our fingertips.
To the flour mixture we added the raisins and the sugar and then J stirred them together. Probably his high light was helping me break the egg and whisk the milk and egg together to add to the mixture.
Instead of using a spoon J decided that to mix the wet and dry ingredients together he would use his hands. I think that this would probably be his favourite part of the mixing.
I then helped J to put the dough in dollops onto the baking tray which enough space between then that they could expand out during cooking. They were then put in the oven for 18 minutes (but somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes depending on your own oven – when they are firm to the touch and golden brown they are done).
Once they were cooked I took them out and J and I sprinkled some “space dust” (edible glitter) on them and let them cool.