Yumblog Junior rarely gets involved in the cooking process, preferring instead to be the slightly ungrateful and generally underwhelmed recipient of a parent-prepared meal. However pandemics, close proximity, home education and a lot of time to kill, means times are a changing and she’ll be sharing her parents’ enthusiasm for the kitchen whether she likes it or not.
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
Skill level: Child’s play
- puff pastry (pure butter if possible) – 250g
- plain flour – to dust
- Marmite – 1 tsp
- unsalted butter – softened – 1 tsp
- 1 egg – beaten
- Cheddar cheese – grated – 50g
- oil – for greasing
Make sure you remove the pastry from the fridge 30 minutes before start cooking.
Preheat your oven to 210 fan/gas mark 8.
Flour a surface and roll out the pastry to a rectangle about the thickness of a pound coin.
Mix together the Marmite with the soft butter and spread over the pastry with the back of a spoon, leaving an untouched 2cm border around the edges.
Brush the edges with the beaten egg and then sprinkle over the cheese keeping the border clear.
Lightly roll the pastry into a ‘Swiss roll’ and cut into 2 cm pieces.
Place on a lightly oiled baking tray and bake for about 12-15 minutes until risen and golden brown.
Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool as much as you dare.
Eat warm or cold, although they’ll probably all be gone way before they’ve had time to cool.
Verdict: Assuming you like Marmite and are not vegan, you’ll love these salty, cheesy, buttery spirals of loveliness.
Drink: The perfect salty snack companion to a cold socially distant beer.
Entertainment: Introducing Yumblog Junior to Father Ted.