Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The ten steps involved in baking with children

After seven months knee deep in nappies with two children under two it was high time for me to dip my toes back into the world of baking and blogging. And what better a rainy Sunday afternoon activity with my two precious poppets than teaching them the glorious art and science of baking? I give you the ten steps involved in baking with children...

1. Enthusiastically decide what to bake. Gaily flick through Nigella and Nigel's seminal works, admiring the beautiful photography and the mouthwatering descriptions. Consider baking a Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream until you take one look at your sous chef, aka the baby. Who is currently licking caked-on, dried-up porridge stuck to his socks from breakfast....two days ago. Decide your sous chef isn't quite up to the Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream.

2. Significantly reduce expectations of a culinary masterpiece and decide even Mary Berry had to start somewhere. Head to the shops for some rice krispies. Yep, you'll start with that classic, the time-honoured, rice krispie cake.

3. Spend five minutes imagining the gorgeous, insta-worthy photos you'll be taking over the next twenty minutes, complete with the-not-particularly-original and very smug hastag #futurebakeoffcontestants

4. Round up the children. Delay the start of the bakeoff to deal with two urgent nappy situations, admiring, as always, your children's timing

5. Start proceedings with an educational slant by showing the toddler what weighing scales, mixing bowls, wooden spoons, baking trays etc etc are. The toddler will inevitably show next to no interest, preferring instead to devour at least half of the chocolate buttons intended for the rice krispie cakes

6. Watch in slow motion as the baby, who until now has been sitting in his high chair, observing events in the manner of a mini Paul Hollywood, reaches over and knocks the entire box of rice krispies to the floor. Spend the next three days hearing crunching (with a snap, crackle, pop naturally) underfoot every time you walk into the kitchen

7. Realise the toddler has lost interest completely and wondered off

8. With the baby still rooted in the high chair and therefore with little choice in the matter, teach him how to make rice krispie cakes, persevering despite the baby showing far more interest in mutilating Sophie the Giraffe with his two new teeth

9. Now that both sous chefs have shown as much interest in baking as most people show in doing their tax returns, think wistfully of the Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream. Attempt a bit of creativity with a nod to Halloween by forming the rice krispie cakes into pumpkins

10. Decide next time you'll save the baking until the precious poppets have gone to bed and stick on cbeebies instead

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