Category Archives: Baking With Children

Photos Of The Day Things Went Less Than Perfectly

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Following on from my last post here are some picture of the bad day in the kitchen and the end results.

mixing in the flour for the bread

mixing in the flour for the bread

 

kneading

kneading

 

looking good ready for the second rise before I cover it again to keep the pesky fly away

looking good ready for the second rise before I cover it again to keep the pesky fly away

 

unintentional flatbread

unintentional flatbread

 

the cupcakes that escaped from entering the dog's stomach all decorated for giving away

the cupcakes that escaped from entering the dog’s stomach all decorated for giving away

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Bad Day In The Kitchen

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Today is a day when I just shouldn’t have attempted anything in the kitchen.  I woke up feeling less than well and Miss E was also not quite herself.  She wanted lots of cuddles and was quite clingy.  That was fine by be…nothing can be better than 40 minute of cuddles in bed with peaceful silence (minus the sound of the rat who is still very much alive and terrorising us).  When we finally both wanted to go downstairs for snacks, I felt it was a good time to make some cupcakes. It’s my mum’s birthday on Friday and Miss E and I are going up tomorrow to take her out for lunch and I wanted to take some birthday cupcakes.

I whipped them up quickly, popped them in the oven and 20 minutes later they were looking delicious on the cooling rack awaiting decoration this evening.  I covered them with a clean tea towel as there were pesky flies around grrr.  I was on such a roll I decided we could bake some bread too.  I got some spelt flour yesterday as I have been dying to try a spelt loaf recipe.  All was going well, I got the yeasty mix set to the side to do its yeasty frothing, I measured out the flour, and, once the yeast mix was ready, Miss E helped mix it in.  We kneaded and left it to the side in a covered bowl to rise.

After dinner the dough had rise enough to be ready to shape.  The recipe said to braid it, so I did!  First time I’ve ever braided bread; normally it just gets put in a loaf pan.  Then I set it on a cookie sheet to rise again.  I had to cover the dough the second time again due to the pesky flies still being in my kitchen.  And I left it to do its thing.

And this is where things go awry.  While sorting Miss E out K Dog gets into the kitchen and helps herself to four of the cupcakes.  She was NOT a popular dog.  So after shoving her outside with a stern telling off, i go to check the dough…..due to covering it the poor loaf instead of rising up like it should just went out and splayed all over my baking tray and stuck to the cover, obviously.  I baked it anyway, but I knew it would never rise up like it was supposed to, so now I have a flat hard thing that could probably do some damage if lobbed at someone.  Do I dare re-enter the kitchen this evening to decorate the remaining cupcakes?!

Scone Baking

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On Sunday, we had a day of unwinding after our weekend.  It was also a day of unpacking emotionally from the trip we had just been on.  We decided in the afternoon to make scones.  It isn’t often Mr P gets to join in our activities, so it was nice that he could be involved as well.  I got the book Baking Bread With Children by Warren Lee Cohan.  I bought mine from Myriad Online as I was ordering a lot of stuff at once from then.  The above is a link to the book on Amazon (I don’t receive any money if you click and buy).  It’s got some lovely bread recipes in there which we hope to try, but on Sunday we just did the scone one as we had all the ingredients to hand.

Mr P mixing all the ingredients together

Mr P mixing all the ingredients together

 

 

enjoying patting out the dough

enjoying patting out the dough

 

 

helping her daddy out

helping her daddy out

 

trying to cut them out on her own

trying to cut them out on her own

 

 

 

having a play while waiting for the scones to bake-yes, that is flour in her hair :)

having a play while waiting for the scones to bake-yes, that is flour in her hair 🙂

 

our second batch, the fruit scones, worked much better than the first

our second batch, the fruit scones, worked much better than the first

 

It was such a lovely family activity, and both Miss E and I really loved the fact that Mr P was able to be there and get involved with us.  If you’d like to try making some scones, here is the recipe I used from the book mentioned above:

 

Devon Scones (makes 8)

200g plain (soft or pastry) flour

10 ml baking powder

2.5ml sea salt

150ml milk

60 g butter

 

1. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder

2. Cut in softened butter with two knives or a pastry blender

3. Stir in milk until it is thoroughly mixed

4. Knead lightly with hands to form it into a ball

5. Place on a floured surface and flatten dough to 2cm thickness

6. Using a glass, cut out circles and place them on a greased tray

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven at 220 Celsius/450 Fahrenheit/ Gas Mark 7

 

Variations:

-add 40 g poppy seeds

-add 100g cheddar cheese and chives

-add a handful of currants

-glaze tops with egg yoke for a shiny surface

 

I’m looking forward to trying some more of the bread recipes in this book with Miss E.  She enjoyed helping to get the scones ready for the oven and devoured them once they were cooked as well.  I think it is safe to say they have her stamp of approval. 🙂