If your kids love the kitchen, they'll love the Little Dish Favourites Cookbook which is full of recipes in need of help from little hands. From Fishcakes, to Turkey Meatballs, to Green Pie and Grandma’s Lemon Cake, there are lots of tasty recipes to choose from. Pick up a copy from WH Smith or Waterstones, or online from Amazon.co.uk.
Little Dish Recipe of the Month
Banana Cupcakes - a healthy, tasty treat!
A great way to use up slightly overripe bananas. Children love peeling and mashing the banana, pouring in the ingredients and helping out with the stirring. Use paper cases for easy clean-up.
MAKES: 12 cupcakes
PREP TIME: 25 minutes
COOKING TIME: 20–25 minutes
Butter, for greasing
200g (7 oz) wholemeal flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
90g (3 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
150g (5 oz) caster sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
For the icing:
200g (7 oz) cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
80g (3 oz) icing sugar, sifted
• Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin tin or line with paper cases.
• Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. In a separate large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until combined well and there are no lumps. Add the flour mixture and blend well using a whisk. The consistency will be dry and a bit crumbly. Next, stir in the eggs, then fold in the mashed bananas.
• Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin, filling each hole/paper case no more than about two-thirds full. Bake for 20–25 minutes until well risen and golden brown on top. Cool in tin for 5 minutes, then take out and cool completely on wire rack before icing.
• To make the icing, ensure the cream cheese is cold and put in a bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract until just blended. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until smooth. It’s best to use well-sifted icing sugar so you don’t get any lumps. Using a knife, spread on the cooled cupcakes.
Tip: These cupcakes are sweet enough to serve without the icing, especially for younger children.