As The Great British Bake Off is on our screens tonight, we decided to try out another recipe for our Tried n' Tested blog which is every Tuesday. Instead of a very extravagant bake, we decided to get the whole family involved to make these cute crunchy cereal bites, perfect to pack in the kids lunch as a nice snack or with some jam and tea in the afternoon..
As The Great British Bake Off is on our screens tonight, we decided to try out another recipe for our Tried n' Tested blog which is every Tuesday. Instead of a very extravagant bake, we decided to get the whole family involved to make these cute crunchy cereal bites, perfect to pack in the kids lunch box as a nice snack or with some jam and tea in the afternoon..
The Ingredients that you will need for these easy to do bites are:
1/2 beaten egg, 100g (4oz) Margarine, 75g (3oz) Caster Sugar, 150g (5oz) Self Raising Flour and 25g (1oz) of lightly crushed Cornflakes.
To start with, set the oven to 190C, gas mark 5, 375F.
Grease one large baking tray, the recipe suggests 2 large trays but I thought that was far too big. The crunchy balls are very small, plus it means less washing up to do!
Once the baking tray is greased, put aside and grab a large bowl. Measure out the soft margerine and sugar, mixing together with a wooden spoon to create a soft cream. Crack half an egg into a bowl and beat it slowly, once beaten add the egg into the mixture slowly so that it doens't curdle and look 'scrambled'.
Once the margarine, sugar and the egg have been nicely mixed together add the self raising flour bit by bit so that it starts to become thicker. Once all the flour has been added, the mixture should be thick enough to mould into small balls. If it is a warm day, you may have to place the mixture into the fridge for around ten mintues so that it is easier to mould.
The next stage is optional. Once the mixture is easy to roll, you can form small balls from it, around 18. The recipe suggests rolling the balls into the crushed cornflakes so that they cover the outside. We tried this at first, placing the crushed cornflakes in a bag and rolling the balls into it.However, the cornflakes weren't sticking as well. Instead, we paced the cornflakes into the mixture and started to mix it all together.I prefferred this way as it meant there was cornflakes throughout the whole curnchy bite rather than just the outside. It was then easier to mould the small balls into shape and the overall bake went well.
After making around 18 small cornflake bites we then patted them down slightly to flatten them, so that they would bake evenly. We popped them in the oven and baked for around 20 minutes. They came out a perfect golden brown and tasted gorgeous! Depending on your oven the time may vary, keep checking until they have a light golden brown colour. Let them cool for around one minute and then place on a wire rack to cool some more. And there you have it!
P.s This recipe can get messy when rolling the mixture into small balls, but that is why the kids will enjoy it! It's hands on and quick to do, a great way to enjoy cooking with your children! If you have tried this recipe and want to tell us all about it, feel free to contact us on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LYHFl or give us a tweet @LYHFl. We would love to see any photos of you and your kids hard at work, so feel free to send them in!