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Keeping kids entertained is a struggle at the best of times, but with the juggling act between work, video calls, child care, and homeschooling during coronavirus lockdown can be tiresome. It’s no wonder willpower is starting to fray.
With so much time cooped up indoors, what better time than now to teach children the joys of cooking? Learn something new about food, where it comes from, and get stuck into fun, messy recipes together.
Three cookbook authors share their easy recipes that you can cook with the little ones that’ll keep them occupied and the grown-ups sane.
Banana Semolina Cake(Nga Pyaw Thee Sanwinmakin)
Serves: 12-16 pieces | Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 30 mins
Slabs of red/purple-hued banana cake are a popular sweet snack in Myanmar. This is a recipe you can make with your kids and they will be wowed by the bright colour. No mixer, special equipment or techniques required and no eggs! The seed topping adds a good crunch and you can also add a couple of handfuls of raisins if you fancy it (raisins seem to be addictive to most kids)!
4 ripe bananas
150g butter, melted
150g semolina (As coarse as you can find)
150g plain flour
200g caster sugar
400g can coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Decent splodge red food colouring (not essential but adds to the visual)
25g White poppy seeds or sesame seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line a square 8 x 8 inch baking tin.
2. Toast the semolina in a dry pan for about 5 minutes, take off the heat as it starts to colour.
3. Get the kids to peel and mash the bananas into a large bowl. Then combine with the semolina and remaining ingredients (they can weigh them out!) except for the poppy seeds. Mix well.
4. Decant the mix into the prepared baking tin. Sprinkle the seeds all over the top.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes by which time it should be firm to the...