Unbaked sweet treats are a great way to entice budding young masterchefs into the kitchen. No-bakes are quick and easy to prepare, require little electricity and cleaning up is a breeze. They’re also a cool option for hot summer days. And kids of all ages love creating treats they can enjoy.
Often nourishing cereals and dried fruits can be incorporated — making them popular with raw food fans and suitable for lunch box treats. Most recipes for unbaked treats can be doubled and then stored in the freezer in airtight containers ready to pop on a plate for unexpected guests.
However, as with traditional baking, using level measurements and metric measuring spoons and cups helps reduce the risk of failure. Whatever the method of preparation, good results depend on a carefully balanced proportion of ingredients.
• Use consistent measurements in each recipe. That is, use metric measuring spoons and cups not a combination of everyday spoons or imperial and metric measures.
• Spoon dry ingredients into a measuring cup then carefully level off to the required amount without compacting the mixture. The exception to this rule is brown sugar. Normally this is pressed firmly into a cup or spoon.
• When measuring liquid, place the measuring cup on a flat surface then fill to the required mark.