Cooking with Kids – A Puff Pastry Recipe To Impress Everyone

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By Hayley Dean, ellaslist

Happy to confess right here and now, that I am not a goddess in the kitchen by any stretch of the imagination. My cooking skills are so basic that I’d prefer to describe myself as a semi decent preparer. Each night I tell my kids that mummy is collating food rather than utter the phrase “I’m cooking dinner”.

So why then, am I constantly asked by my friends and family to make my amazing scrolls for every function? I’ll tell you why, because EVERYONE loves them! They are SO incredibly easy to make, my kids love helping me, they are fairy cheap and even I can pretend to be Donna Hay for the entire 12 minutes it to takes to make them.

Oh, and you’re welcome.

Here we go.


  • 4 x Puff Pastry sheets
  • 1 x egg (whisked)
  • 200g Shredded Ham
  • 1 Cup Grated cheese
  • Tomato Paste / pizza sauce


  1. Spread tomato paste onto the puff pastry sheets, going close to the edge.
  2. Sprinkle the shredded ham as you would on a pizza, followed by the grated cheese. You want to have a good amount of these two ingredients but not too thick as otherwise you’ll have trouble with the next step.
  3. Now for the tricky bit, grab one side and start rolling, keeping it as tight as you can.
  4. Brush the pastry edges over with egg, then wrap up in glad wrap and leave in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.
  5. At this point, turn on the oven and pre-heat to 200 degrees (fan forced).
  6. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
  7. Now brush the two rolls all over with the egg and cut each roll into approx 1cm slices.
  8. Place cut-side up on the trays and bake for approx 20 minutes or until golden.
  9. They are seriously delicious to eat straight out of the oven, or cold as a lunch box snack (you can freeze them too).