Beaux- tie. ( fun food ideas with kids)
I was a late discoverer of puff pastry. So this blog may be a “no- brainer” for many of you. But for the few out there like me who didn’t know the wonders of a pie machine etc. …… Here goes!
We were given our little pie machine for Christmas a few years ago. What a brilliant pressie. ( thanks mum). I reckon a pie machine is a must. Especially for those days when you are stuck for dinner ideas or time. Or if you have only a little left overs and not enough for a whole family meal. Popped into pies, makes the perfect dinner with a side salad. If you have a little Spag Bol mince left over or some left over Thai curry, these are perfect fillers for pies.
My girls like plain cheese or cheese and chicken or tuna. The idea came from Angelina ballerina, a dancing mouse on TV. She loves cheese pie to eat. And so my girls decided they were dancing mice one day and wanted mum to rustle up a cheese pie. I simply grated the cheese and filled the pastry cup.
The pie machine comes with a pastry cutter and you press out the tops and the bottoms out of the defrosted pastry sheets.
Place the bottoms into the pie machine as seen above. Then the fillings (this can be sweet or savoury; blueberries and custard is a good desert idea).
Then place the little pastry lid on top , as seen below.
The pie machine seals the pie shut. Green light flashes when pie is ready.
We also tried making our own sausage rolls the other night. What a great success.
I got the girls involved and they loved it.
Eden helped me cook up some mince. She felt like a real little chef.
We added a tub of this tomato relish to flavour mince as well as garlic and salt and red onion. It was delicious.
Next we placed mince in centre of pastry and rolled it together to make the actual sausage roll.
Eden was most proud of this. See the look in her face. Especially the rose she crafted out of pastry to decorate with (leaves and all).
We placed four sausage rolls on baking paper, on an oven tray and baked at 200 degrees for about 20 mins. Until golden.
Miss Jessica (my younger daughter) did not like the sound of Angus Beef Mince. She was determined to only eat cheese pie and leave the sausage rolls for the rest of us.
But she wanted “a little sugar “. And so our pastry desert idea emerged.
With play dough cutters she cut shapes out of the pastry. Next we brushed a little milk over the top to wet the surface and this enabled her to decorate the shapes.
We cooked these up for desert.
They puffed up beautifully and tasted so yummy. Daddy was most impressed to come home and find a home made dinner from his girls. Sausage rolls and salad for mains followed by 100’s & 1000’s pastry butterflies and ice cream for desert.
Yes I know…. not the most healthy dinner in the world. But it was amazing quality time spent with the girls, being creative together and working as a team.
This is great for a quick afternoon tea idea too, for kids.
You can also do brown sugar instead. Yummmy.
Enjoy the wonderful world of puff pastry. There is loads more you can do with it. Xxx