Cooking and baking with kids is a great experience. You get to spend precious time together, teach them new skills, have fun and the results are (usually) very tasty! Its also a great way to keep the little ones occupied on a rainy day. I always baked as a kid, with my mum, my grandma and my auntie. They all had different things they liked to teach me. Obviously we started with cupcakes and crispy cakes, who doesn’t! As I got a little older we moved on to scones, bread, apple pie, ice cream and even attempted fudge once. Not something I will not be repeating!!
One of the easiest things to do when cooking with the kids is make your own pizza. Here’s an easy recipe for you and the kids to try. If you want to make it even easier you can buy pre made pizza bases at the supermarket! Once you have a base ready prepare the toppings and let them choose their favorite.
Another fun thing to do when baking with kids are cake pops. They are quite easy to make, we struggled with getting a perfect ball shape at first as you can see from the photo above, but that’s all part of the fun. We just use a basic vanilla cake and pre mixed frosting. First crumble the cake as finely as possible into large mixing bowl. Add the frosting a tablespoon at a time, and start mixing it with the cake crumbs. Mix with your hands so you can tell when the mix is ready. It should be squishy but should still crumble. A bit like the texture of play-doh. To make them easier to shape pop the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours. Roll the balls in your hands to around the size of a golf ball. If you are feeling confident you could make stars or hearts or not so confident you can use a silicone cake pop mould!
When it’s time to decorate we now use Rainbow Dust Colour Melts rather than chocolate or icing as we couldn’t get either of these to stay in the balls. You can get a variety of different colours, good for any occasion. Dip the lolly stick in the melted candy before pressing into the center of the ball. This will help keep the stick secure when you dip them into the melts and decorate. Adding sprinkles is the easiest but they can be decorated any way the kids like. Leave the cake pops to set and all that’s left do do is enjoy!
There are a few things to remember when cooking and baking with kids:
- It takes time. Set aside time for prep as well as for the baking.
- It will get messy.
- The finished products aren’t allows going to be perfect or even edible.
- Be patient.
And the last thing to remember….
One of the best bits for the kids is cleaning up the bowl when you’re finished.
If you have toddlers that are a little young to help in the kitchen or you just need to keep them entertained so you actually have time to cook! Why not try this interactive kids kitchen. The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kids Kitchen is a fantastic, realistic kitchen that fits into your home without being too intrusive.