The chances that you may resort to poking your eyeballs out with a spatula while baking with your little darling children is wholly determined by a rather complex equation. But, rather than delve into the joys of complex values and equalities (or some such mathematical jargon), put simply:
Increased number of children + decreased age of children = length of time baking (preparing of ingredients to bake)
In my case, having input all variables,
[3 children + ages (1+4+7)]
I had the understandable answer that the time actually doing anything remotely like baking should take the sum total of 3.67529 seconds.
Being the patient martyr that I am, who loves nothing better than creating alongside my children (snort)
(hold on, like me wipe the tears of mirth away before I continue…)
(cough. Yes, okay. Where was I? Oh, yes)
Emily! PUT DOWN THE SPATULA
I spent all of approximately 4 minutes preparing this with three enthusiastic helpers
(disclosure: the eldest decided to wander off eating the apple cores, so really, my equation should really be more like:
[3 children (1 x 50% of time spent) + (2 x 100% of time spent) + ages (1 + 4 + 7)]
But I digress…)
This is a super quick and very tasty recipe for Apple Puffs.
Note: We used eating apples which, due to some bruising, were deemed Unfit To Eat by Grace, who sorted out the fruit bowl today. If you used cooking apples which are considerably more tart, you would need more sugar.
1 roll of ready made Roll-Out Puff Pastry
sugar to sweeten and taste (entirely dependent on your apples. I used 3 teaspoons)
Peel apples and grate them quickly.
Unroll sheet of pastry, spoon on the grated apple, sprinkle with a little sugar.
Roll up and cut into approximately 1/2 inch slices.
Lay flat on a tray lined with baking paper and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes at 180’C until golden, puffy and crispy.
Sprinkle with icing sugar, and enjoy with some cream or ice-cream and those delightful mini-bakers of yours!