As the small human can’t tolerate gluten, pastry treats are a rarity in our house, so these cheesy bites, simple as they are, are actually met with squeals of excitement. When there’s time they’re a great one to do with the kids.
I’m still working on perfecting home made gluten free pastry, until then I’m using the store bought shortcrust variety…and frankly, as a treat and a timesaver I don’t feel bad about it either!
You will need:
1 packet of shortcrust pastry (also works well with puff pastry, for those who can!)
1 cup of cheese
1 egg (lightly mixed) to seal edges and to brush the top
Flour for surface/rolling pin dusting (I used quinoa flour as it’s gluten free and I had it on hand!)
Preheat oven to 180C.
Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Roll out your pastry, dusting the surface as you go and cut an even number of the desired shape or shapes. I let the small human loose on these and it worked out ok!
*Just a note if you are using gluten free pastry…it turns to chewing gum pretty quickly, so you need to work fast, especially on a hot day – as I found yesterday!
Brush the edges of half of the shapes with the egg.
Place a serve of grated cheddar in the middle of the egg tipped shapes – mind you don’t overfill them or they’ll burst, a small pile will usually suffice.
Carefully seal edges by pressing together gently with a fork.
Brush with the remaining egg for a golden top.
Pop in the oven for 10-15 mins – or until golden brown. I had to leave the gluten free pastry in a little longer, so just keep an eye on them!
These little parcels can come in any shape you feel like…when I’m in a rush triangles work perfectly. As I’m feeling a little festive and have a bit more time, I’ve cracked out the holiday cookie cutters.
Other tasty pastry pocket fillings:
Vegemite and cheddar
Stewed apple and cinnamon
Ham and swiss cheese
Jam and brie
Other sweet and savoury tasty treats could be:
Mini muffins – see recipe here
No-cook scrolls – see recipe here
Chickpea pancakes – see recipe here
Small pot of granola/dried fruits
Mini-frittata with fave fillings – see recipe here
Sausage roll bites
Brownie bite/banana bread bite
Mini pita pocket with fave sweet or savoury filling
Edamame – in their pods if they like to ‘pop’ them
Fruit skewers – though prob’s best to use a straw if you can!
Smoothie pot – smoothie bowls are EVERYWHERE right now! we’ll be posting some lunchbox friendly ideas soon!
Chocolate dipped fruit
What are your favorite tasty treat lunchbox fillers? Let us know in the comments or share them with the TWF community on Instagram by including #twftastytreattuesday on your post!
Look out for Ali’s Wrap It up Wednesday tomorrow over on our Instagram feed #twfwrapitupwednesday