Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Happy baking

I don't do lots of activities with my children but there is at least one thing I do : baking!

As time goes we have acquired quite a variety of cookie cutters. We have a pig, a teddy bear, a butterfly, a chick, the road track and cars cutters and even the whole alphabet! (from when I was making letters biscuits to make DD2 practice her spelling).

When we do cakes the children do the whole thing, but for biscuits I generally make some dough, take the cutters out and let them roll and shape, intervening now and then to tell DD2 that no she can 't eat her remaining dough yet as she still has quite enough to make more biscuits.

Yesterday however I was a bit more involved as DD3, 18 months, joined in for the first time. She's very much into putting things in and out of containers at the moment. Sure enough she made little bits of dough and conscientiously put them in a cookie cutter and out again. It was so sweet!

There was the little incident of her 'finding' more dough and the mysterious disappearance of her brother's car biscuit, but all in all it was a success and such a good feeling to do something enjoyed by all from 18 months to 10 years!

Happy baking... :)

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  1. Baking is a happy time here too....my wee man likes cracking eggs and licking the spoon mostly! I love the sound of having so many cookie cutters and may need to start investing in some!

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  2. Oh yes, cracking eggs and licking the spoon are favourites here too!
    I love cookie cutters but they do take a lot of space and some get a bit squashed sometimes...!

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  3. Ah this makes me happy just reading about you having fun baking with your little ones.

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  4. I really need to buy some cookie cutters - I think my little boy would absolutely love making cookies!!

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    1. We used to just use an upside down cup but the cookie cutters make it a bit more interesting!

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  5. Baking with the kids is not something I do enough of really - it makes them happy but my control freak side finds it hard to let them do it all!! Love the squishy teddy biscuit!
    (I see you are in Hampshire so not that far from us!)

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    1. I must say I have loosened up as the years went by ;)
      We do get some interesting batches, either a bit over or undercooked according to how they've been rolled but still yummy!
      Yes, my husband and I are both French but we fell in love with Hampshire :)

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  6. Yum! That looks delicious. Sounds fun. I admire people who bake with their kids. I am not one of them!

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    1. Well, it's about The thing I do with them! One instance where my greediness overcame the rest ;)

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  7. i so wish i could bake, all it does for me is stress me out!

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    1. For me the most stressful part is having to tidy up the table beforehand!

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  8. Baking is great fun and kids love it!

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  9. Happy times! i love baking with my boys too especially when you have some yummy treats to eat at the end of it! xx

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    1. Yes! You get an activity And a snack!! x

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  10. Lovely! I wish I could get my son to join me in baking, he has an attention span of 2 minutes for baking. This is lovely, baking with children is such a fab thing.

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    1. Thank you! I realise that I'm lucky the 4 of them seem to take to it so far. I wish they would be so enthusiastic for the tidying up afterwards ;)

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  11. Lovely post, I think you must have the patience of a saint baking with all of them at once!

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    1. lol! Funnily enough it sometimes requires less patience to do this with them than let them roam wild! ;)

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  12. My kids love to bake with me, or even just help with the evening meal. I love to encourage them even though their help makes things slower!

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    1. It does slow things down, doesn't it?! And the problem in our house is that we have a very small galley kitchen...!

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  13. Love the teddy cookie with the toasty paws and ears! I'm also more relaxed about baking with the kids now, but have to keep an eye on them or there'd be no dough to cut! x

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    1. Haha, yes there is that! Sometimes if I make a quiche I try to have a bit of dough left over so they can play with it and eat it if they want :)

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  14. This is an awesome idea, to involve your 18 months old into cooking! I was thinking about it these days, to do some "fun" cooking with my 20 months old daughter but never had the guts, silly chicken :)

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    1. It's a bit like abseiling for the first time, isn't it? That first leap into the void!! ;)

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  15. I like baking with my daughters too and we have a box full of cookie cutters! :o)

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  16. What a lovely post, I too love baking with my kids. It's so much fun as well as a brilliant learning opportunity for them x

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    1. It is indeed a great learning opportunity ; DB suprised me by counting 1, 2 when we were putting the eggs in the other day (she's always observed her brother and I making cakes) !!

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