Baking with Children
Updated: Oct 17, 2018
Now that the cold weather is really hitting us, it is without a doubt getting harder and harder to entertain children. One great option is baking. I know what you’re thinking, its too difficult baking with kids, it’s expensive, it will be too messy but you couldn’t be more wrong. Baking with children is fun and can actually teach them great lessons (not to mention the treat they get at the end!).
Now nobody is saying you have to go and spend five hours in the kitchen baking a fresh batch loaf, an hour or two can have great results. You can go for some cupcakes, muffins, cookies, rice Krispie cakes or you could even go for something healthier if you’re reluctant to give your children sugary treats. There are recipes for everything online, Odlum’s have a few three ingredient recipes which are quick and cheap to make. There’s another website named Baking Mad which also have great children’s recipes too. But stay here!! I’ll be including some at the end.
If you decide you don’t want to bake something from scratch there is no shame in buying a box mix – you can get them in most famous cartoons now too which will makes it even more exciting for the little ones. Most of these box mixes also just require you to add eggs, water, oil etc. and boom, you’re done. Most of the cupcakes mixes also include cupcakes cases and toppers which make it even easier and cheaper costing only €2 - €3 for the set.
Baking with children, as mentioned, also teaches children valuable life lessons. It teaches them patience, hand-eye coordination, maths and team work. So not only will it occupy them for a couple of hours, it will also be a sneaky class that they wont even realise they’re taking.
A young cousin of mine used to visit us from England and every time she visited, without fail, we would bake together. To her, I was the baker so that’s what we had to do. I’m not going to lie, I did get stressed baking with children because I’m a perfectionist but as soon as I realised that anything we baked was going to be perfect in her eyes, the stress went away. We’ve made cupcakes, coffee slices, her Frozen birthday cake and the results were amazing. You’d be surprised at how much children are actually capable of. I remember my cousin and I were baking, she couldn’t have been older than four or five at the time, and she insisted on cracking the eggs. Reluctantly I grabbed a small bowl and let her crack the eggs into it, and to my surprise not one shell, I was flabbergasted. She was the perfect little assistant!
I will include a couple of easy, great recipes below for you to try out with your children and if you want any hints or tips about baking with children be sure to get in contact with me, I will be more than happy to help!
Rice Krispie Cakes
- 60g butter
- 3 table spoons golden syrup
- 150g bar milk chocolate
- 120g Rice Krispies
Put the chocolate, butter and golden syrup into a bowl.
Place the bowl over a pot of boiling water.
Once completely melted and combined add the Rice Krispies and combine.
Spoon the mixture into some cupcake cases and pop in the fridge to set.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 115g Butter
- 100g Granulated Sugar
- 50g Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Large Egg
- 210g Flour
- 150g Chocolate Chips
- A Pinch of Salt
Melt the butter almost completely in the microwave.
Ass the sugars to the butter and mix well, until paler in colour and fluffy in texture.
Add the vanilla and egg and beat until well combined.
Add the flour, salt and chocolate chips and mix until a sticky dough comes together.
Scoop out tablespoons of the dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 7 – 10 minutes.
(They should be cooked completely on the edged but still a little bit soft in the centre).
Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins
- 300g Self Raising Flour
- 160g Caster Sugar
- 80g Butter
- 230ml Milk
- 1 Egg
- 200g Frozen Raspberries
- 125g White Chocolate Chips
Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl mix the melted butter, egg and milk.
Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir to combine. Don’t overmix – the mixture should be slightly lumpy.
Stir in the thawed raspberries and chocolate chips just until combined.
Scoop spoonful’s of the mixture into a muffin tin and bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before eating.
Long story short, don't be afraid to get baking with the children as the weather gets colder. You can really trust kids and at the end of the day, there’s not much they can do so wrong that the cake/ cupcakes or cookies would be ruined. Just relax and enjoy the time you’re spending with them.