Bread ‘n Banana Cups

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Our 3yo DS was so impressed with his cooking idea yesterday I thought I’d share this one for other parents of young children. Very easy and fun for little hands, and a delicious hot morning tea for the family… especially in cold weather.

You will need:
– A lightly greased muffin tray (or silicon muffin/cupcake wrappers)
– Bread mix and water
– 2 bananas
– Ground cinnamon
– Fan-forced oven pre-heated to 170 degrees Celsius

1. Mix the ingredients you usually use to make a small quantity of bread dough.
NB: You can mix roughly 1 cup wholemeal SR flour and 1/2 cup water with a teaspoon of salt, raw sugar, and olive oil to make your own basic bread dough. Alternatively use a pack of multi-grain or wholemeal bread mix as we do for our regular bread-making activities – that way you can just grab a cup out of the pack and mix it with approximately 1/2 of water. Mix with a wooden spoon.

2. Knead your dough with the help of your kids. Add water if the dough is too dry, or more flour if it’s too sticky – you just want to reach a good, firm, soft and silky consistency so it does not stick to your fingers when kneading.

3. Spread flour around the board and rolling pin. Use the rolling pin to roll the dough out thin.

4. Using a round cutting shape, like cookie cutters (or just a glass turned upside down), cut round circles out of your dough.

5. Set the dough circles aside. Combine the remaining scraps of dough, knead, roll out flat and cut out more circles – until your dough is all used.

6. Place each circle of dough in its own hole in your lightly greased muffin tray. Press it down so it fits the hole. (I used silicon muffin/cupcake wrappers instead of a muffin tray. If you have these it’s fun to eat out of them later).

7. Mash 2 bananas in a bowl.

8. Add a spoonful of mashed banana to each of these bread cups. Fold the sides of the bread dough over the banana.

9. Sprinkle each closed bread cup with cinnamon.

10. Bake in a moderate oven for 20-25 minutes.

Allow your Bread ‘n Banana Cups to cool slightly before you remove them from the tray and start eating. Warning: hot banana! Let let your kids know the banana inside the bread could still be hot.

This is nice when served with slices of orange – or when a quarter of an orange is gently squeezed over the top.

Enjoy!

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