What to do with pastry dough? Ideas for kids

Have you ever thought about how much fun you can have with your kids and a roll of pastry dough?
Last week my children went to their grandparents house and were helping out in the kitchen.
When they got back, the first thing my 4 year old asked was if we had any pastry he could play with at home!
Sadly we didn’t have any – of course we could have made some ourselves as it is not particularly difficult, but I didn’t have the time to do it right at that particular moment.
So on our next supermarket shopping trip, we treated ourselves to some ready rolled puff pastry and the three of us set to work on creating some delicious masterpieces with our dough!
pastry ideas for kids

Pastry Heart Pizza
Once defrosted, roll out the pastry dough onto a flat surface.
Using a heart-shaped pastry cutter, cut out a medium-sized heart for each pizza.
Top with a spoonful of pizza or Bolognese sauce and spread this around over the top of the pastry.
Add sunblush tomatoes and some torn up mozzarella – of course, you can add any other toppings of your choice.
Bake in the oven at around 170C for around 15 minutes (or until the pastry is cooked through – puff pastry should puff up a bit and be flaky around the edges and not have a soggy bottom!)

Pastry Calzone
Roll out a flat circle of puff pastry.
Add your toppings – pizza sauce, cheese and anything else you fancy – ham, pineapple, pepperoni, tomato, chicken, peppers and so on.
Fold the dough over making a pasty shaped parcel and press the pastry edges together.
Cook as above.

Easy Sausage Rolls
Slice some long thin strips of pastry – about an inch wide and 3 inches long.
Take a small cocktail sausage and roll up inside the pastry.
Brush with beaten egg.
Bake as above.

Jam Puff
Cut a circle of pastry.
Pop into the base of a muffin tray.
Add a dollop of jam to the centre of each one.
Bake as above.
puff pastry puffs up here so the jam will spread over the top as opposed to shortcrust pastrt which will retain shape

Fruit puffs
As the jam puffs but add chopped fruit to the top of each pastry circle rather than jam.

Vol au Vents
Use a pastry cutter to cut a circle of dough.
Cut another one the same size, but cut a smaller size hole out of the centre and discard the bit you cut out.
Place the 2nd bit on top of the first. Gently press together.
Bake as above.
The pastry should rise up leaving a small well in the centre.
Once out of the oven, fill the well with your choice of filling.
Personally I love prawn cocktail, or creamy mushrooms!

pastry dough fun

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