Cookbooks for children have definitely come a long way since I was young! I started baking with my American Girl cookbooks (I still remember Beardy Mum telling me that there was no way that I was getting saffron to bake with) and then I jumped immediately to candy recipes in Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook – back then, the only candy I could coax out of my mum was pieces I made myself! But books to get children interested in cooking have come a long way since – thus Sue Quinn‘s Kids Only Cookbook. This would make a great introduction to cooking for older children (I’d recommend it for about ages 8 and above) and the recipes are along a spectrum – the chocolate croissants would be easier for seven or eight year olds while the chocolate orange truffles (a great recipe which I would adapt myself and use) – this isn’t a collection of easy childhood recipes, but of delicious staples which will be useful throughout life – would definitely recommend it for parents who are trying to interest their children in cooking and food preparation, as well as a gift to young relatives (I think my little cousins would love it!)
Despite the fact that I’m 25 and most of the recipes are basic staples, there’s definitely a recipe or two that I will continue to use.
Chocolate Orange Truffles (from The Kids Only Cookbook)
100ml double cream
225g dark chocolate
40g unsalted butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
zest of 1 orange
If you have mini truffle cases, definitely use them to store and present the lovely truffles.
The Kids Only Cookbook is available from Quadrille Publishing for £12.99. I received a copy to review, but all opinions are my own.