Whip up a batch of these Mini Pizza Tarts…they take 5 minutes to prepare (longer with a little one helping out!) and taste delicious!
With a toddler who always acts as though she is about to keel over from hunger by lunchtime and a baby who is in the first stage of weaning I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy lunches that’ are a little different to the usual sandwiches. These mini pizza tarts provide just that! They take minutes to prepare (and little one’s can help out too!) and will keep for a couple of days in the fridge. The great thing about these little crispy tarts it that they can be customised to suit your family’s tastes; I’ve listed some ideas at the end of this post for other flavour combinations.
As well as being a perfect toddler lunch, they are fantastic for baby led weaning which we are just embarking upon again with our second baby, Harrison. They went down a storm with him and, unlike a lot of food, they are easy to grip when cut lengthways to make two pizza fingers.
I used ready-rolled puff and grated cheese just for ease and convenience but block pastry and cheese works just fine too.
Makes: 15 mini tarts
You will need:
- a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
- tomato puree
- grated cheese
- toppings of your choice; I used cooked chicken and sweetcorn
- Preheat your oven to 190c and grease two baking trays.
- Roll out the pastry, leaving it on the parchment and using a knife cut it into 15 small squares. I used a plastic lettuce knife so that Sophia could help with this part.
- Score a border around the square.
- Prick the pastry all over with a fork.
- Add a small blob of puree to the centre of each pastry square and using the back of a teaspoon spread the puree out to remain inside the border.
- Add the grated cheese and toppings onto the pastry and pop onto the baking trays.
- Bake for around 15 minutes but keep a close eye on them as pastry burns quickly. Remove them from the oven when they are a golden brown colour and cooked on the bottom.
They certainly got a big thumbs up from my two!
Other flavour combinations you could try:
- Cherry tomatoes, mozzerella & basil
- Ham & pineapple
- Tuna & spinach
- Cooked sausage & mushrooms
If you enjoyed this recipe, take a look at my RECIPE archive for more ideas.
Or, follow my Children’s Food Pinterest board for inspiration.
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