14/08/2014 16:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Batch Cooking For Babies And Toddlers: Quiches, Cakes And PuréEs

Batch cooking: Quiches, cakes and purées

Family food writer Katie Bryson shares simple recipe ideas for feeding your toddler that you can make-ahead in batches and pop in the freezer, saving you time and money.

"Mini quiches"


Bake a batch of tiny quiches using ready rolled shortcrust pastry with a tuna and sweetcorn filling. You could chop and change the fillings to try out different flavours with your little one - salmon and dill, cheese and sundried tomato etc. They freeze well and could even double up as party canapes.

Teeny weeny tuna and sweetcorn quiches

Makes 24

You will need:

375g ready rolled shortcrust pastry
1 egg
75ml milk
80g tin tuna in spring water, drained
4 tsp tinned sweetcorn, drained
Parmesan cheese, finely grated

What to do:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan and grease a mini tart tin with 24 holes.

2. Unroll the pastry and using a 68mm round cutter stamp out circles of pastry and press into the mini tart tin holes. Prick the bottom of each with a fork and then bake for 5 mins. If the pastry has puffed up a bit, gently pat it back into shape using the handle of a wooden spoon.

3. In a bowl combine the drained flakes of tuna with the sweetcorn, and in a jug lightly beat the eggs and milk.

4. Using a teaspoon drop a small amount of tuna and sweetcorn into each case, cover with a little of the egg and milk mixture then scatter with grated parmesan.

5. Return to the oven for 15-20 minutes until the filling is golden and the pastry cooked. Allow to cool and then carefully take out of the tin. Freeze in bags and take out and defrost a few at a time as needed.

"Little cakes for little hands"


Use up those brown bananas and whip up a freezable batch of miniature banana and oat muffins - perfect for lunchboxes and a nice energy boost!

Mini banana and oat muffins

Makes 24

You will need:

200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
115g soft brown sugar sugar
50g rolled oats
2 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp runny honey
75g butter, melted
125ml milk
2 ripe bananas, mashed

What to do:

1. Heat oven to 190C, 170C fan and line a couple of mini muffin trays with cases.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl. Add the sugar and oats and mix well.

3. In a second bowl beat together the eggs, vanilla extract, honey, butter and milk with a fork. Add the bananas to the egg mixture and stir.

4.Make a well in the dry mixture and add the egg mixture. Mix together roughly with a fork until well combined but not smooth.

5.Evenly fill your muffin cases with batter, then bake in the oven for 20-25 mins.

6.Once golden brown and firm remove from oven leave to cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then 5 minutes on a wire rack.

"Fruity desserts"


Seasonal fruits make delicious purees. Make in batches and freeze then either serve alone or stir into yoghurt or custard. You could even make the puree into a crumble for the rest of the family.

Apple, pear, raspberry and mint puree

You will need:

2 apples
2 pears
225g pack raspberries
Small handful of mint leaves

What to do:

1. Peel and chop the apples and pears and then cook gently in a pan with 4 tbsp water for around 10 minutes until soft. Add the raspberries and chopped mint leaves then cook for a few more minutes.

2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before blitzing in the blender, then pushing through a sieve to remove the seeds if desired.

3. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze, then later turn out into bags and return to the freezer.

Plum and cinnamon compote

You will need:

400g punnet plums
100ml apple juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

1. Chop the fruit in half, remove the stones, then place in a pan with the apple juice, sprinkle with cinnamon and then heat gently until the fruit breaks down.

2. Allow to cool then blitz in a food processor until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze, then later turn out into bags and return to the freezer.

For more information about weaning, including what foods to give your child and when, check out the NHS guide.