Learn-along Ready-roll Puff Pastry Shapes
(from about age 2)
Alphabet, numbers, animals … any shape cutters you have to hand can be used to cut puff-pastry in to cute highly edible shapes.
I usually make this along with a chicken stew or make a chicken and mushroom pie filling but don’t top it with the pastry. Bake the cut shapes separately, watch them puff-up and enjoy eating them with endless learning opportunities – name the shapes, spell words with alphabets, create an edible farm with animal shapes.
Ready-roll Puff Pastry is highly recommended as rolling out or making puff pastry by hand, while a great experience with an older child, is not quite as easy with an impatient younger child.
Ingredients and tools
- 1 pack Ready-roll Puff Pastry, or more
- 1 egg, beaten (optional)
- Your collection of different shape and alphabet cutters – washed and dried
- Baking trays
- Pre-heated oven
- Get all your cutters and baking trays ready
- Unroll the puff pastry. Follow package instructions for the oven.
- Have fun cutting up the pastry with the cutters. (You can also teach them to minimise wastage by lining up the edges.
- Transfer cut shapes on to baking tray with a cake spatula or a flat knife
- Re-use left over bits but do not over handle.
- If you would like a shiny glaze on the pastry, beat one egg and let your child brush the egg wash over the shapes. Remind them to be gentle.
- Bake and watch the shapes ‘puff’.
- Enjoy eating!