This week from 15th to 21st October is National Baking Week. Little man and I love baking (and eating what we bale), so it’s just one more excuse to go to the kitchen and put our aprons on!
Baking is a lovely therapy. I enjoy baking, putting the ingredients together and then tasting what was produced. Sometimes it might not come out as expected, but it is usually great fun!
Little man loves helping out in the kitchen from a young age. Baking is a great way of spending quality time together, practice counting and colours too while dealing with the ingredients.
We will be doing lots of baking over the next few weeks, it’s National Baking Week now, it will be half term soon and then it’s Halloween.
So here are my top 5 tips for baking with children:
Tip 1: Simple Recipes
Simple recipes do not tend to go wrong, so they are great when baking with kids as you don’t need to be an expert chef to get them right. Flapjack is something I usually bake when little man asks to bake at short notice and we don’t have much time to spare.
I have recently baked Fruity Flapjacks Bites with little man and he had a great time. It only needs a few ingredients and it is easily to combine them together. It is also baked quite quickly, so you don’t need to wait too long to enjoy it.
Tip 2: Pre-Measured Ingredients
Measuring ingredients before letting the children in the kitchen works too. In case you have older children, they could measure it themselves using a weight scale or cup measurement.
However I have noticed that pre-measuring ingredients works quite well with younger children that can’t wait to get started. You can just have them ready in small bowls, so it is easy to mix them together.
I have recently baked Banana and Chocolate Mini-Muffins and the ingredients are easily to be measured. You don’t need a weight scale, so you might want to try it.
Tip 3: Ready Cake Mix
Baking from scratch is best, but it doesn’t hurt to use boxes of ready cake mix. Usually you only need to add eggs, mix it and put it in the oven.
It’s quite simple to use, so it is a success with younger cooks.
It is also great for mums as you don’t need to worry about measuring and getting the ingredients right, just get it out of the box and it is all there for you.
You can add extra ingredients to a cake mix, such as flavouring, chocolate chip and raisins. You could turn your plain cake mix into a delicious cake without much work.
Tip 4: Simple Toppings
Once the cake is ready, the best part is the topping!
I tend to use melted chocolate and little marshmallow with my little boy. It is very simple to make, you only need to put the chocolate chunks in the microwave for a short while and it is delicious!
You could have a mixture of white chocolate and milk chocolate toppings. They both go down very well in our household.
Tip 5: Have Fun
It’s the last tip, but it should be the first one. Have lots of fun while baking with your children. They enjoy it so much, it’s a great experience and bonding time for parents and their smile at the end is priceless!
If you can think of other tips for baking with kids, please add in the comments!
Enjoy National Baking Week and we shall keep you updated of our Halloween creations!