The Summer holidays are only a stone throw away and you will soon run out of ideas how to entertain your children. A quick google search and every blog post on the subject would suggest to get them involved in baking. But let me tell you this, getting children(especially young once) involved in to the fine art of baking can be one of the most stressful experiences, in your life up to date. If you are not fussed whether the final result is eatable or not then go ahead and be as ambitious as you like, just let your imagination run wild. However if you would like to enjoy the process and the fruits of your joined effort then these are my tips.
- Chose a very(and i mean very) simple recipe, 3 to 4 ingredients and a simple all in one method would be best.
- Complete any preparation, like buttering or lining tins , turning on the oven, prior to the children’s involvement.
- Delegate and communicate at all times. Talk them trough every step.
- Measure out ingredients in separate bowls. This will give you the opportunity to keep things in control so you don’t end up with too much sugar or flour in the final mixture.
- Be patient and don’t have a meltdown over the amount of ingredients on the floor or the work top. If you have taken on board the previous tips then this should be relatively achievable.
Here is a super simple recipe to start you off. If your children are older why not let them fly solo on this one.
100g softened butter (leave it out from the night before or cut in to cubes and put in the microwave foe 10 sec at a tome in order to soften not to melt)
50g castor sugar
150g self-raising flour
50g walnuts or almond ( whatever nuts you have on hand) roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 160 C fan. Line 2 baking trays. Measure the butter in to a bowl and beat to soften. Gradually beat in the sugar, a couple of table spoons at a time, and then add the flour and nuts. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough. From the dough in to balls, about the size of a walnut, and place spaced well apart on the papered baking tray. Dip a fork in to little water and use this to flatten the biscuits. bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 min until a pale golden colour. Leave a side to cool.