Chocolate buns

There is a chapter in the book on teaching your child to cook. There are various sweet and savoury recipes, I read them all out to my daughter and rather unsurprisingly she picked these!

Ingredients

2oz self raising flour
1oz cocoa
2oz margarine
2oz caster sugar
1 egg
2-3tsps water

4oz icing sugar
2oz butter or margarine
1tsp vanilla or 2 tsps instant coffee

Heat the oven to 180. Sift the flour and cocoa. Cream the margarine and sugar until pale and fluffy. Break the egg and whisk with a fork. Add the egg to the sugar mixture 2 tsps at a time, beating well. Fold in half the flour mix with a tablespoon, then add the remaining flour and cocoa and sufficient water to give a mixture soft enough to drop easily from the spoon when this is shaken. Put a good tsp in each paper case and bake for 15-20 minutes until well risen and firm. When the buns are cold cut a round from the top of each with a pointed knife. Make the butter cream, sift the icing sugar, add the butter and cream well until smooth. Add the vanilla or coffee mixed with water. Place 1 tsp of the icing in each bun. Replace the tops.

My daughter really likes to help in the kitchen, she is only 5 so a bit limited in what I let her do! Whenever she gets involved it usually results in a bit of a mess. For this though I pretty much let her do everything, I think the reason there was actually very little mess is because we were cooking with chocolate and she didn’t want to spill a drop.

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This is really easy and quick recipe to get children involved in the kitchen. We had good fun doing this together, as you can see she even has the essential accessories for cooking!

I only had to take over a couple of times, I didn’t let her use the knife to cut the tops off the cakes, and I helped with the beating and transferring into the cases. These were smelling brilliant while cooking, one thing lacking was patience! Had to leave to cool before putting in the icing. Then I guess one of the perks of helping is getting to lick the icing spoon!

These were quite tasty, really chocolatey. I thought they looked a bit heavy as they came out the oven but once you bite into them they are actually quite light inside. I think it’s fair to say that these are not going to last long, 30 seconds after finishing her first one she asked for another!

Would we make these again? Yes, good fun and easy to do
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