Cooking with Fruit
Everyone knows they should be eating five a day but how can we make fruit and vegetables more interesting? This session offers lots of stimulation for young cooks. Choose from our ideas, depending on the age and ability of your group, and have some fruity fun!
Running the SessionChoose a few of the ideas below and get the whole group involved in cooking them. You can either split into smaller teams or work together, asking different children to tackle different tasks. We’ve included easy no-cook ideas, as well as more challenging recipes using equipment like blenders and ice-cream machines.
Fruit SundaesIf you’re lucky enough to have an ice-cream machine – or you know someone kind enough to let you borrow it – then whipping up a batch of ice-cream is a great start to this cookery session. You’ll need a table-top machine that will produce ice-cream in less than half an hour. All you need is a 500ml tub of good quality fresh custard (look in your supermarket cool section), a splash of vanilla extract and a 284ml carton of double cream. Whip the cream lightly and then fold in the custard and vanilla. This makes a delicious basic ice-cream, but you could also flavour it before or after churning.
You could turn it into a chocolate-orange ice-cream by adding 100g of dark chocolate (melted and slightly cooled) plus fresh orange chunks. Or a Raspberry Ripple, by pureeing raspberries with icing sugar and rippling through the finished cream. About some fresh strawberries, finely chopped and marinated in icing sugar before being stirred into the unchurned cream?
What’s even better is using this vanilla ice-cream base for exciting sundaes. Chop up lots of different fruits and give the children the opportunity to blend sauces, caramelise chunks of apple, and try fresh berries to create imaginative sundaes.