Create Your Own Recipe Book

Create Your Own Recipe Book

Make a custom cookbook full of family-favourite recipes!

This activity is the perfect platform to encourage children to learn more about food safety, as well as getting in touch with family or friends. The best cookbooks will be made up of recipes that are special to loved ones, like your Nanna's special feijoa crumble or your neighbours yummy scones. This is a great opportunity for kids to reach out to family members they mightn't have spoken to in a while, and will leave them with a cookbook full of meaningful and delicious recipes!

All you'll need for this activity are the following supplies:

We've created 3 different sizes for your recipe cards: 5x7" landscape, A5 portrait and A4 portrait. You can then keep the recipes together in a variety of ways; slip them into a clear file or folder, staple them together, use a hole punch and tie them together with string or ribbon, or just keep them in a box - whatever works best for you.

 Click here for all sizes in a PDF


Cooking and baking tie in with the New Zealand Curriculum as students would be using maths and basic science skills to make recipes. I've covered this briefly in a previous blog post, Different Ways to Learn at Home. It's important to keep in mind that some younger kids will need a lot of supervision and help in the kitchen. You can read more about cooking with kids in this article.

Need a good recipe to get you started? Here's an absolute favourite of mine - Lois' Sods Water Scones (it only uses 5 ingredients!) Add jam and whipped cream for a tasty treat.

3 cups self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup cream
1 cup soda water

Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder (no need to sift, just make sure they are combined well).
Make a well in the centre and pour in the cream and about three quarters of the soda water.   Mix to a soft dough, adding the last of the soda water if needed.
Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead into a rectangle approximately 1.5cm thick.  Cut into rounds with a cutter (dip into flour before cutting each scone) and place side by side on a baking sheet that has been lined with baking paper (or greased).
Bake at 180 degrees C (fan forced) for 15 to 20 minutes until well risen, cooked through and golden.



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