There will come a point in your children’s lives when they will have to leave home and learn to take care of themselves. Often this will occur when your child sets off for a new life at University, when it will be essential to learn to get along by preparing food at home using inexpensive ingredients.
Whether you are the parent of a teenager who is ready to begin their journey to University, or whether you have a younger child and simply want to get them off to an early start, here is a quick look at one of the ways you can help them learn the basics which will allow them to get by once they are out on their own.
When it comes to teaching your children recipe ideas for University living, a perfect place to start off is apple crumble. This is simple enough for children and beginning chefs to make, and is also a great dish for university life on a tight budget because its ingredients can be obtained easily at no great cost. It is also a perennial favourite dessert which appeals to a wide variety of tastes.
All our recipe requires is bramley apples, ground cinnamon and ginger, ordinary caster sugar, soft light brown sugar and flour, some lemon juice for flavour and some Anchor® Butter.
The actual process of preparing the ingredients and making the dish is straightforward and a good introduction to many tricks which will help any budding cook along their way. The apples must be peeled, cored and sliced into chunks, while the Anchor® Butter needs to be divided into cubes before being chilled. From here, the flour, Anchor® Butter and brown sugar are mixed together to make the crumble, while the other ingredients are tipped together and heated in the oven. The apple mixture and the crumble are then baked together.
As an optional addition, the resulting apple crumble can be served with custard, or perhaps Anchor® Real Dairy Cream. These things are all traditional and also add to the flavour of the apples
As you can see, this is a simple recipe which will introduce your children to preparing and mixing ingredients, and using the oven to cook the dish. Making an apple crumble is the perfect way to get used to the basics of cooking.
Of course, there are all sorts of other quick recipes that can be used by university students and should be utilised.
University is a tough time for youngsters and often one that they are under excess stress with. Eating well and being able to understand the basic mechanics of cooking and baking serves them well then and also into the future. There’s a lot to be said for understanding what to cook and also having the opportunity to create a low cost, tasty meal that satisfies.
So, why not take a look at the apple crumble as a starter and then progress onwards and upwards to more tasty and nourishing treats?
Lara Davitts has written for a number of food and family webistes and loves cooking. She has worked on a variety of her own recipes and only started cooking during university.