The Kids Only Cookbook and Chocolate Orange Truffles

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.

9781849493314Chocolate Orange Truffles (from The Kids Only Cookbook)


100ml double cream

225g dark chocolate

40g unsalted butter

1 tablespoon golden syrup

zest of 1 orange

DSC_1265Heat double cream and chocolate over a double boiler.

DSC_1267Once smooth, mix in unsalted butter, golden syrup and orange zest.

DSC_1269Remove from heat and allow to chill overnight.

DSC_1271Scoop out about a tablespoon of truffle mixture using a melon baller or small cookie scoop and roll in cocoa powder.

DSC_1272 DSC_1273

If you have mini truffle cases, definitely use them to store and present the lovely truffles.

DSC_1274The Kids Only Cookbook is available from Quadrille Publishing for £12.99.  I received a copy to review, but all opinions are my own.


One comment

  1. recipesfromapantry · · Reply

    Sounds like it would be a fun one to add to my collection.

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