Fun Dough

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Apples for Jam

Apples for Jam

By Tessa Kiros

Published 2010

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Sometimes, when you have a lot of cooking to get through and you don’t need small helping hands, this can be fun. So, this is not to eat — but just an easy pastry dough for children to work with while you get on with things. If they want, you can bake the shapes or leave them to dry out over the heaters in colder months. Make sure you put a good plastic covering on the table so they can roll out the dough without giving you a cleaning-up nightmare. This keeps for a day in a plastic bag in the fridge.


  • 125 g( oz/1 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 300 g(10½ oz/1 cup) fine salt
  • 2 sachets saffron or a few drops of food colouring, if you like


Put the flour and salt in a bowl and mix it through with your hands. If you’re using saffron or food colour, add it now and work in about 4 tablespoons of water bit by bit. You may need a bit more or a bit less, so add it slowly until you get a soft dough. Knead it well for a minute or two until smooth. Let the children make shapes, either their own or using pastry cutters. If they want to bake them, put them on a baking tray and bake at 70°C (150°F/Gas ¼) for about 30–40 minutes, depending on the thickness, to dry them out.