Tray bake by my daughter!!

My 11 year old daughter baked her first cake/tray bake yesterday, under the watching eye of the BFM!!A right of passage or a skill for life and an additional part of her lockdown education.


I made it easy for her by buying a ready to use Chocolate and Salted Caramel kit from Dr Oetker. It is a bit pricey at £3 but has all the ingredients and even comes with a disposable, paper baking tray!! All we had to supply were the 3 eggs, butter and milk. We decided to add a few extras like marshmallows, grated Dime chocolate and red food colouring.


My daughter assembled all the utensils and ingredients and followed the instructions to a tee. I have taught her to make sure she is fully prepped in terms of all ingredients, utensils and then to clean up as she goes along!! She also realised that a silicone spatula was much easier to use than the wooden spoon as recommended.


Great care was taken with the operation of the oven (H&S!!). The baking time was maybe 5 minutes too long and I guess we all know our ovens!! Whilst the bake cooled she whipped up the salted caramel buttery icing and added the food colouring. When cooled she applied the icing, marshmallows and chocolate shavings.
We did refrigerate the finished bake for an hour and then cut into 18 pieces (the serving suggestion recommended 12!!).The result was a very, very happy girl!! Suffice to say they went down a treat with a cup of tea during our movie night yesterday!!

Cheesy nacho movie snax

My girls wanted to have movie night and snax last night so I had to oblige!! Had homemade pop corn last week and last night it was nachos…..the result is below……..

It’s pretty straightforward, the ingredients are:

1. 150g of your favourite nachos (mine are cheesy Doritos, my wife loves the chilli ones, kids love the plain ones, so I used plain).

2. 100 g grated cheese (our favourite has to be extra mature/vintage cheddar, grated).

3. 1 small, finely diced, white onion.

4. 3, chopped and ripe vine tomatoes.

5. A handful of finely chopped coriander.

6. 2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup and yes Heinz is best!!

7. About 10-15 sliced jalapeños (or more if you are adventurous!!).

8. Salt and pepper.

I had everything prepped before hand and refrigerated except for the nachos. Here’s how I did it:

Dice onions, tomatoes and cut the coriander. Add the ketchup, salt and pepper and mix in a bowl-that’s the salsa done. Grate the cheese and slice fresh jalapeños or use pre sliced ones. At this stage can add fresh garlic, Chillies or chilli sauce to have an extra kick.

When ready to cook/heat place the nachos evenly on a baking tray, lined with foil or parchment paper. Layer the salsa evenly and then sprinkle with cheese (can add more or less as per taste). Lastly sprinkle with jalapeños (I put on half as kids not big fans!!).

I cooked them in our new Halogen oven/ air fryer for about 8 minutes at 240oC but you can put into preheated oven at 250oC for 4-5 minutes or under a grill. I quartered the nachos with a spatula and served up for movie time snax!!