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Mother’s guilt. It’s a terrible thing. They never warn you about it in pregnancy magazines. I often get mother’s guilt when my friends post Instagram pictures of things they’ve baked in the kitchen with their children. I rarely involve my kids in cooking so today I decided to do something about it.

I’ve found the key to their enjoyment and mine is to do something simple, so these mini pastries are ideal. All you need is readymade puff pastry, flour for rolling, pastry cutters, lemon curd, icing sugar and greaseproof paper.


Lemon Hearts

We rolled out the pastry and cut out heart shapes. We used two different sized heart shaped pastry cutters and placed the two cutouts on top of each other, using a little water to bind the two layers. You don’t want the middle section to puff up too much in the oven, so prick the insides with a fork. Dust them with a little icing sugar before putting them in the oven for 10 mins on a med/high heat until they are golden brown.

Once cooked, place them on a rack and allow them to cool. When they have cooled, spoon a little lemon curd inside and dust once again with icing sugar.


Mini Puffs

Don’t. I repeat. Don’t discard all the little hearts that you cut out to make the tops! Put them in the oven too. They make great little biscuits.


Ice Cream Puffs

These are even easier to make as they don’t even involve a cutter. Roll out the dough and, using a blunt knife, cut out rectangles. Dust with icing sugar and bake in the oven until they are golden brown.


They’re great sandwiched with ice cream.


Et voila! 3 quick pastries that child could make (I know it’s more of a self-assembly job than cooking, but it gets rid of the guilt and that’s good enough for me).

If you have any quick recipes that you cook with your kids, please let me know below. There is, after all, only so much puff pastry a woman can eat.

Bye for now,

Michelle x

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