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Make snacks for the kids’ breaktime

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th September 2008 03:00 AM

IT is tea time; you dash to the bread bin only to be discover it’s empty! Then you begin to trace who ate the last slice and when, and where to buy a snack at that very moment.

IT is tea time; you dash to the bread bin only to be discover it’s empty! Then you begin to trace who ate the last slice and when, and where to buy a snack at that very moment.

By Agnes Kyotalengerire
IT is tea time; you dash to the bread bin only to be discover it’s empty! Then you begin to trace who ate the last slice and when, and where to buy a snack at that very moment.

School is now on and parents have to provide snacks for breakfast and those to pack for the scholars. But how does one manage to provide daily snacks with the escalating food prices?

Tired and worried about running to shops or supermarkets every now and again to buy snacks? Do not fret. You can make a variety of nutritious snacks for your family using the available resources in the home.

Dan Baidhu, a chef at the Norwegian Embassy, says homemade snacks are a better option. They are fresh and nutritious, since they have no preservatives.

Besides, you are sure of the hygiene, quality and you eat what you want at any time since they are easy to make.

James Kafuuma, production manager at Gralius Baking Enterprise in Mengo, says, homemade snacks help equip one with baking skills which can be used to generate income for the family.

He takes us through recipes for a variety of snacks.

RICE CRACKERS
These have a high fibre content that helps prevent constipation.

Ingredients
* 200g of whole rice
* 100g ground raw soy beans
* 50g whole wheat flour
* 1 egg white
* 4 levelled tablespoons
bread crumbs
* 2 tablespoons
vegetable oil
* Sea salt

Procedure
* Soak the rice in hot
water for one hour
* Boil the rice in salt water (the water should be 21/2 imes the volume of dry rice). let it cool
* Combine rice and other ingredients and knead lightly using finger tips.

* Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 5-mm thickness
* Cut with a cookie cutter or a glass.

* Oil the oven tray and lay out the crackers on it
* Bake in a preheated oven until golden

* Put them aside to cool
* Store in an airtight container.

DADDIES
Ingredients
* 250g of wheat flour
* 50g of sugar
* 3 levelled teaspoons
baking powder
* 50g of margarine
* lemon rind for flavour

Procedure
* Sieve wheat flour and baking flour so they mix evenly
* Rub margarine into flour
* Add sugar, lemon rind and water 50-100ml at room temperature

* Knead lightly
* Roll dough into 1 inch thickness on a floured board or surface.
* Cut the dough into desired shapes
* Deep fry until golden brown
* Cool and store in air tight container

COOKIES
Ingredients
* 250g of wheat flour
* 100g of sugar
* 100g of margarine

* 1 levelled teaspoon baking flour
* ¼ lemon rind
* 1 egg
* 50-100mls water or milk

Procedure
* Sieve the flour together with the baking flour
* Rub the margarine until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs
* Add sugar and lemon rind or other spices to the mixture
* Add beaten rind, water or milk and knead lightly using the finger tips

* Roll the dough on the floured board to thickness of 11/2 cm
* Using cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes

* Places them on a tray greased with margarine or any other fat
* Bake in a hot oven of 200oC or in a gas knob number 7 until golden brown

* Let cool and store in an air tight container

Make snacks for the kids’ breaktime

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