So last week saw the arrival of Georgia’s baby brother, Jack, and whilst I’m busy enjoying newborn snuggles I’ve asked a few blogger friends to write some guests posts for me. First up is Nicola from the brilliant Crafty Kids at Home.

Thanks to Clare for having myself and Bella over to share our recipe for “Cheese Snails” with you. Don’t panic though, this recipe does not require you to go out into your garden to collect any actual snails to go into this bake. Although I’m sure many toddlers will actually be disappointed about this! The name “Cheese Snails” came about after the first time we made this Cheese Roll ups recipe. B took one look at them when they came out of the oven and said, “Ohhhh cheese snails mummy” and the name has stuck ever since.

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Baking with a 2 year old in not without its challenges, but with good preparation and having low expectations of the actual finished product means you are off to a good start. Oh and make sure to have plenty of time left over to tidy up afterwards, as it could get a bit messy!

We added the following ingredients to the original recipe:

Tomato puree

Oregano

We didn’t add in the paprika from the original recipe.

How to make Cheese Snails

I measured out all of the ingredients ahead of the baking activity, so that when I had Bella up with me at the counter we could then just get stuck straight into the activity. Toddlers are famous for their short attention spans, so it is very important to quickly engage their attention with any activity you do with them.

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Bella helped to tip the flour, salt and butter into our electric mixer and then we watched it together from a safe distance, as I turned it up high until the mixture resembled bread crumbs. You can of course do this using your fingers to rub the butter into the dry ingredients. Try and use a large mixing bowl if you do this to help keep the flour in the bowl, as inevitably your toddler will get a bit carried away!

Then gradually add in the water until a stiff dough is formed. Have your toddler sprinkle flour over your work surface and then help them to roll out the dough.

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It’s now time to add your filling. We always start with a few splodges of tomato purees, but you could also use pesto if you preferred.

Hand your toddler a spoon to spread the tomato puree over the surface of the dough.

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Then sprinkle over oregano and grated cheese.

You could add basil or spinach in place of the oregano and experiment with different types of cheeses.

Take the longest edge and roll the dough into a spiral shape. Then adults only use a sharp knife to cut along the sausage shaped roll at intervals of a few centimetres.

Place them onto a baking tray and have your toddler brush egg wash over them to help them turn a lovely golden brown colour once baked.

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Pop them into the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked all the way through.

Allow them to cool for a few minutes then let your toddler get stuck in (go on have one yourself as well, they really are yummy!)

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What is your favourite recipe to bake with your toddler?

I hope you enjoyed reading our post today. It would be great to see you over at our blog  Crafty Kids at Home as well sometime. You might like:

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Thanks Nicola. I absolutely adore any recipe that contains pastry and cheese and I have all these ingredients already in so I now know how to fill my Tuesday with Georgia. Yum!

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