Simple family recipes even the pickiest kids will eat

So, dinner is over and you have had success in getting the little one to eat using a ‘new old recipe’. Now it’s time for a treat.

We have dusted off a few more secrets from the family vault, and one of these was my favourite dessert of all time.

Life was great when this was served to me as a kid, and all my children agree. I introduced this dish to my three-year-old recently and it disappeared without a trace.

Russell's kids love this dessert recipe.

Russell's kids love this dessert recipe.


Nana’s Apple Crumble

For this simple pudding, you will need:

Crumble mix
3 tablespoons butter.
2 tablespoons sugar.
3 tablespoons self-raising flour.
Pinch of salt.
Handful of oats (optional)

Russell Bacon and his daughter Matilda.

Russell Bacon and his daughter Matilda.



1. Peel, core and cut 3 to 4 apples into pieces.

2. Place apples into a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon caster sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

3. Cook, stirring until apples are starting to soften.

4. Combine all the crumble mix together, using fingers to make spreadable.

5. Drain apples, reserving a small amount of water.

6. Arrange apple pieces in an oven-proof dish and spread crumble mix over the top.

7. Bake in a pre-heated, moderate oven (220c) until golden brown. Add saved water as required to keep moist.

Are you having people over? Try adding this to your nibbles table.

My sister (Matilda’s Aunty Robyn) found this in one of her old exercise books, where she had kept recipes as a child in the fifties.

She wrote, “In Mum's handwriting, these were family favourites. The ‘Mock Turkey’ was an early version of what we now know as dip, yummy nevertheless!”

My three-year-old helped me prepare this and was very happy to help me eat it too.

The recipe in its original format.

The recipe in its original format.


Mum’s Mock Turkey

You need:

2 large tomatoes (skinned)
1 small onion chopped finely.
1 well beaten egg.
2 tablespoons grated cheese.
1 good knob of butter.
Add salt and pepper to taste and a good pinch of mixed herbs.

Matilda helps dad in the kitchen.


Put all ingredients into a saucepan and heat until onions and tomato are cooked. Try to avoid boiling. (It may curdle if you do)

Beat all together and add 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs.

Good luck, and enjoy.

First published in 9Honey.

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