We cooked this recipe live at 5pm on 16/08/2016.

Here is what it looked like as we used “Facebook Live” instead of Nom.com

Why do I love getting kids in the kitchen?
From a really young age, the point of cooking with kids and letting them see how food is made is for exposure.  The more exposures children get to foods the more likely they are to learn about them and then eat them.  At the early years it’s not about getting them to cognitively link “I made that” and “I will therefore eat that”.  It is just a matter of building familiarity and avoiding sensory overwhelm at eating time.  As children develop there are so many learning opportunities in the kitchen – they learn maths, creativity, science and language skills by the cup full.  Engage their senses as much as you can – even if their “help” isn’t “helpful”.  Some tasks I have my kids do are superfulous to getting the job done, however, they are never a waste of time when it comes to learning.

Episode 4: Pear Crumble Slice

Pear Crumble Slice
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A dessert / afternoon tea / morning tea that the kids can help make
Serves: 9 squares
  • Butter to grease pan
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup wholemeal flour
  • ¼ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 large free range egg
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 150g natural yoghurt
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste)
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 1 cup fresh pear cut into small chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 180oC.
  2. Line a square 20x20cm baking dish with foil and grease with butter.
  3. To a large bowl, add the wholemeal flour, oats and ¼ cup sugar.
  4. Using your fingers rub the butter into dry ingredients until it resembles sand.
  5. Reserve ¾ cup of this mixture and set it aside.
  6. Transfer remaining mixture into the baking dish and using your fingertips press crumbs evenly to form a base.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, into a large bowl add the egg, ¼ cup sugar, yoghurt, vanilla extract, ¼ cup flour, and whisk until smooth and set aside.
  9. Remove base from oven and arrange the pear chunks evenly over the top. The majority of the surface should be covered but shouldn't be touching.
  10. Evenly pour the yoghurt mix over the pear. Ensure all gaps are filled including the corners.
  11. Evenly sprinkle the reserved base mixture over the top to create the crumble topping.
  12. Bake for about 35 minutes.
  13. Allow the slice to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. Slice will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.


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