Simple chocolate crispy cakes seemed an easy thing for a 4ish year old to attempt…
My first lesson…patience is key!
- When the recipe said heat something slowly it was for a reason….. (imagine my poor mum coming home to lots of burnt pans).
- Measure your ingredients out, having them laid out all ready for when you start is the best way to do this.
- Combining them in the correct order is the best way of success
- Waiting for that treat to bake and cool so you can taste them definitely requires lots of patience.
It wasn’t until high school at 11 where I met Mrs Osbourne that I had someone take me under their wing and teach me the baking fundamentals, Mrs Osbourne being old school, taught me a way of baking that has stayed with me for life. I loved Mrs Osbourne, can you tell? I’m now in my 40’s but my childhood memories of baking are clear and special to me so when my son was born it was something I liked to do with him. It’s an excellent way to teach children patience, independence and awareness away from distracting tech and in a way they don’t even know they are being taught.
So my second piece of advice…packet mixes!
- When my son was very young, he used to have his head turned by the bright coloured packet mixes with his favourite TV characters on, these are a great way to introduce your kids to baking, simple guaranteed results, easy decorating!
- But see their faces when they get to take raw ingredients, weigh, mix, taste, watch the cakes rise and decorate them. When you are little that feels like Kids have short attention spans and want to see results fast so small and simple bakes are a must to start with.