The children love eating this and they just lap up the praise that comes from the grownups around the table. Children of all ages from 2 years onwards can enjoy making it.
Melon Shapes with Jam Sauce
1x Fresh, Ripe and Soft Honey Dew Melon
300g fresh or frozen raspberries
1-2 tbsp Icing Sugar
2 x Mixing Bowls
Food Blender (or potato masher)
Small Shape Cutters (perfect sized cutters available at
Food for Thought
Children can get involved in counting spoons of icing sugar and cutting out the shapes. Young children can learn abstract concepts in maths by counting out the melon shapes and making sure everyone has the same, or for example adding 2 to a plate. They are naturally developing language skills as you talk them through what to do. They will love the satisfaction from completing a job.
Grownup to do this bit…
Peel and slice the melon into rings. Remove all the seeds.
Take a small pastry cutter and cut the melon into shapes. Put the shapes onto individual serving plates.
Wash the raspberries in a colander. Put them in a mixing bowl and add the icing sugar using a sieve.
Blend (or mash) the raspberries and icing sugar together.
Take a second mixing bowl and a sieve and put the raspberry sauce into the seive to filter out the pips. Child can use a spoon to stir the sauce in the sieve to encourage the sauce through.
Spoon the mix (in swirls if possible) around the melon on the plates.
My children love to eat this starter using an egg cup. They put the raspberry jam sauce in the centre egg holder and put the melon around the dish part on the outerside.