Monday 30th March
It is the first day of the Easter holidays. There’s no bread in the bread bin. It’s lunch-time. I open the fridge. It’s groaning with veg. I quickly shut it again, but not before a box of ready roll puff pastry has caught my eye.
The results are as follows: a quick, delicious lunch AND pudding; plus an activity for a younger sibling to stop him annoying the older one when she has a friend around OR whatever other scenario is going on at your house at the moment.
Ollie made the cinnamon shapes completely on his own. He even cracked the egg for the egg wash; only pausing once to ask:
“Mum, who is the main character in the story – God or Jesus?”
I am not sure what story we are on. The Easter story? The story of Life? I plump for the safe option:
“God!” I say cheerfully, “because he is the daddy.”
He seems to find this a satisfactory answer and goes back to choosing which animal shape to give to his friend, Violet. Through a process of elimination, he arrives at the snail. A cinnamon snail, lucky Violet!
Pastry Pizza Slice
- one sheet of ready puff pastry, 375g
- red pesto, 3tsps
- grated cheddar/mozzarella mix, 2 handfuls
- cherry tomatoes, 10, quartered
- tinned sweetcorn, 4 tbsp
- pitted green olives, 10, halved
- feta cheese, cubed
- basil leaves, torn
Preheat the oven at 200 degrees/ gas mark 6.
Unroll the puff pastry. Cut it with a sharp knife into three even rectangles. Put two of the rectangles on to an oven tray lined with greaseproof paper. Reserve the third rectangle to make cinnamon stars.
Spread 1.5 teaspoons of pesto on both rectangles, leaving a 1cm border on either side.
Place the grated cheese on top of this. Then sprinkle the tomatoes, sweetcorn and olives on top.
Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes.
Once out of the oven, sprinkle with feta and basil and enjoy!
Ok, so this is more a menagerie of cinnamon animals rather than stars, but you get the idea.
With your spare rectangle of pastry, allow your child or yourself (very therapeutic) to cut out a variety of shapes.
Brush each shape with egg wash (one egg cracked and beaten), then dip in cinnamon sugar: 3tbsp of soft light brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp of cinnamon (normal caster sugar would also be fine).
Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Bake at 180 degrees/gas mark 4 for approx 20 mins.
These are surprisingly delicious with a cup of coffee.
My inspiration came from: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2014/02/puffed-pastry-pizza/