It was lovely and hot last weekend and I just fancied making something tasty and summery for tea, I knew that I would have a willing helper in Little 1 as she loves to help in the kitchen so we decided to make a simple quiche.
There is no secret it is just a normal basic quiche but made this time made almost entirely by a 4 year old! We cheated and bought ready rolled pastry as, lets face it, it is just easier. Our other ingredients were bacon, tomotoes, eggs, spring onions, cheese and milk.
First we unraveled the pastry and laid it on the dish pushing it in around the edges, Little 1 rolled a rolling pin over the top of the dish until the left over edges came away, which helps keep a clean edge. We then filled it with some baking paper and baking beads and baked it blind for just a few minutes to start the pastry off and thus avoid a soggy bottom!
We chopped up the spring onion and bacon using scissors as it was safer for Little 1 than using a knife. All measurements are by eye, when it looked enough we stopped!! They were sprinkled into the cooled pastry case.
I then allowed her to use the cheese grater for the first time, with an enormous piece of cheese to keep her fingers well away and held my breath. She came away unscathed and then informed me that she has used the cheese grater at Nanny's house load of times! She then sprinked it on top of the bacon.
Next up we got whisking the milk and eggs together to make the custard, we used 3 eggs and 300ml of milk, poured it in and topped the quiche off with tomato.
We had quite a bit of pastry left over so used it to make some jam tarts. Little 1 made me laugh when she started rolling and said 'Duck fingers Mummy' I had to ask her what she meant as I didn't have a clue, apparently it is from the tv show 'I Can Cook' and relates to how you should position your hands on a rolling pin (these tv shows do have some educational value then).
Spooning the jam is always a bit sticky but licking your sticky fingers afterwards is one of the best bits.
We popped both in the oven on 180 degrees and waited for it to cook. Little 1 helped me clean up and load the dishwasher too, she really enjoyed her one on one time in the kitchen. It took us a little over 2 hours to make this quiche and jam tarts but she did everything herself and was really proud sharing it with Nanny and Uncle M who came to tea. We served it with salad, ham and new potatoes, there was not a morsel left.