Finding some easy to make Hanukkah kid recipes can help to get your
child truly involved in the Festival of Lights. Children will enjoy
the fact that a lot of Hanukkah food is fried to celebrate the
magical lighting of the menorah for 8 days when there was only
enough oil for one day's burning.
Hanukkah is also a time of year to get together with family and
friends over food, so teaching your child some simple traditional
recipes can be a good way to introduce your child about cooking and
about their religious heritage at the same time.
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Hanukkah Edible Menorah
You can make it with raw vegetables or steam them, like we have
To make this, you need:
9 thin green grape slices
9 asparagus spears
Slice of cheese cut into a Star of David shape
Start by placing the grape slices along the plate, putting the
middle one slightly higher than the rest. Next, rest the asparagus
spears, with the tips over the grape slices, to make the grapes look
like flames. Fashion the bottom of the menorah with the carrots
slices and beans. Finish with the star on the asparagus in the
If you're thinking about easy to make Hanukkah kid recipes, Latkes,
or Livivot as they're known in Hebrew, will be one of the first
things to try. They require very few ingredients, none of them
specialty items, and they always turn out well. Latkes do require
frying in oil, so you may need to supervise or do this part for your
child, depending on their age.
You will need:
5 large potatoes, washed but not peeled
1 medium onion, peeled
1 large egg
1 tablespoon white flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Oil for frying
Using the largest holes possible, completely grate the potatoes and
onions. You'll then need to use a sieve or a colander to squeeze as
much of the liquid out as you can. This does involve getting your
hands covered in potato and onions and children tend to enjoy this
bit the most.
In a separate large bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients apart from
the oil. Add the squashed potato and onion mix and stir the whole
thing together. This simple preparation makes Latkes one of the
easiest Hanukkah kid recipes around.
Get the oil, about two tablespoons for each Latke, nice and hot
in a skillet. Squash Latke mixture down so that each pancake is flat
and circular. You'll need to fry them for four minutes on each side,
and then set them aside on paper towels to let the oil drain. If you
do more than one lot of frying, stir the mixture before cooking the
next set of pancakes. Serve with apple sauce or sugar.
Making your own chocolate coins can be a great way to personalize
Game prize pot, and again they're one of the simplest Hanukkah
kid recipes to make. You will need:
good quality chocolate
any decorations you want to add such as sprinkles or jelly
Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave or in a
double boiler on the stove. Pour the melted chocolate into the
bottom of the cups up to a quarter inch in height.
Do your decorating while the chocolate is still warm as the
decorations will be more likely to stick. Let it cool and allow them
to set. Then turn them out of the cups and wrap them up in the foil
as neatly as possible. If youre feeling artistic, try to draw a
face on one side and a menorah on the other.
Food plays an important part around Hanukkah, and it's possible to
turn complex traditional meals such as Challah or Gelt into Hanukkah
kid recipes that will get you and your child working together in the
kitchen. When youre getting your child involved in cooking, make
sure that they have specific roles to do within the recipe and that
you offer plenty of praise and support at all times. Cooking will be
a large part of their religious life as they grow older, so you need
to do all you can to make it a positive and exciting experience.
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