We’ve been enjoying the new season of British Bake-Off and as usual we have rushed into our kitchens inspired by the bakers. We also love to bake with our children. So we thought it would be great to put together a round-up of recipes to get children into the kitchen.
Teaching our kids to cook is a skill that has many benefits and starting them off with baking is the obvious choice for peaking their interests in food and flavours, it also develops math skills, creativity and adventurous eating. Watch out though it does require patience and it will get very, very messy so make sure you have aprons, lots of newspaper but let the mess ‘go’ and you will have spent some precious time with a very happy child. Don’t miss out on our special offer we have running at the moment... enter code BAKE at checkout to receive a free Belle and Boo Tea Towel. (Valid until Sept 16, midnight GMT)
We’re starting with a no bake recipe - Popping chocolate rice crispy cakes - but it is still a cake and gets children involved in cooking. It’s a fabulous twist on the classic rice crispy cakes from top chef Josh Eggleton and you can find it on the website for Great British Chefs which is a beautiful, sumptuous treasure trove of cooking delights.
Of course we had to include a recipe from Mary Berry and these easy peasy Orange Butterfly cakes are scrumptious and introduce children to a useful, simple cake recipe that they can reach for again and again.
National Baking Week starts on the 17th October 2016 and it has a good website full of recipes to help you celebrate. These Redcurrent Fairy Cakes take very little time to make and the icing sugar doesn’t use food colouring but red currants to get the fantastic colour.
Rainy Day Mum is a wonderful UK blog by Cerys Parker, if you don’t know it we highly recommend you check it out. Along with several other UK bloggers Cery’s created a list of recipes inspired by the alphabet to encourage cooking with children. The list includes baking ideas and plenty of savoury recipes to try but for this Belle & Boo recipe round-up the Carrot Cake Muffins caught our eye . Cery’s recipes are incredibly informative as she also points out the skill each child learns with a new recipe and how she is using cooking to teach numeracy and mathematics. She also has a brilliant round-up of recipes to try with toddlers, such as Space Rock cakes or her clever Sweet Wheels on a Bus.
We just had to include these simple Magic Wand Biscuits from one of our absolute favourite blogs Little Buttons Diaries. Children are sure to get excited about decorating these magical treats and they make a fun centre piece for a birthday party too.
Honey Bread from the blog Mess For Less. This bread is great because it only has a few ingredients and children will love the kneading part.
Thinly Spread is written by Chris who has been cooking with her children since they were small. Her delicious recipes include a lovely recipe for Apple Muffins made with her son, who, she points out, learns something new every time they cook together.
We hope you have found this round- up inspiring. For other baking ideas check out our other baking posts listed below.
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