Kids In The Kitchen (part 1) – Jake’s Tomato Swirls

Big panic on Friday morning when I realised it was cookalong day and I hadn’t even thought about what we were going to do. When I say we, this month’s theme was Cooking With Kids (with the twitter hashtag #kidsinthekitchen). So I had helpers this month. Or rather, the kids had a grown up helper…

Anyhoo, getting back to the point, Cooking with Kids was the perfect opportunity to try out child #2’s first ever cookbook that we’ve had for a while “I Can Cook” by Sally Brown and Kate Morris, the book accompanies one of his favourite CBeebies programmes – I Can Cook and is packed full of easy recipes for small kids to make (with a grown up helper obviously) He chose these Tomato Swirls as his dish, mainly because looking at the picture in the book (pre-rolling) he thought they looked a bit like pizza.


Being a fussy eater who doesn’t like any kind of change, he was most annoyed when we started to roll them up. But once they came out of the oven he was delighted that he had made these delicious treats. The recipe makes 12 and they are quite small, the book says that you should eat two with a salad. We ate 3 each, then we had our dinner!!


What you need:

1 sheet ready made puff pastry

2 level dessertspoons tomato puree

30g grated cheddar cheese

4 fresh basil leaves (optional – we didn’t have any!)


Preheat oven to 200c

Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Roll out the sheet of puff pastry, leaving it on the plastic sheet so that you don’t have to mess around with a floured surface – much easier for working with kids!

Use a knife to spread a thin layer of tomato puree all over the pastry. Make sure you spread it right out to the edges.

Sprinkle the grated cheddar over the top. Tear the basil leaves with your fingers and scatter them over the cheese.

Roll the pastry into a long sausage shape.

Carefully cut the pastry roll into slices and lay the slices on the baking tray so that you can see the spiral.

Place into the oven (book says you may need to ask an adult to help with this part…) and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.


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