Baking with kids
If you are a regular reader of the Mudd and Co blog, you’ll know that one of the main reasons we really love a quality, well designed, well-used kitchen is because it brings the whole family together. If you have a space designed just around you and your home, it can become the hub of social activity in your house, meaning the most special family moments can come from the most seemingly mundane household tasks.
And, one thing that can really help bring you together as a family is an afternoon of good old baking fun!
Now, if you aren’t a keen baker yourself, seeing the worktops lost under clouds of flour may seem like a nightmare, but it doesn’t need to be that complicated. There are plenty of sweet treats you can bake easily…
Cornflake cakes: A simple favourite with many families, all you need is a box of cornflakes, some butter and some milk chocolate! Simply melt the chocolate and butter together, mix with the cornflakes, and either add to a greased tin or spoon into cupcake cases and leave to chill in the fridge until set – no need to even switch on the oven!
Cheesecake: If your kids are a little older, then this indulgent treat is super easy to create at home. Easy recipes can be found online and all you really need is some full fat soft cheese and cream for the topping, plus some butter and biscuits for the base; and, of course, whichever additional flavourings you like. Crush the biscuits, mix with the butter and press into a greased tin. Whisk up the cheese, cream and flavourings (such as melted chocolate or lemon zest) and spread over the base. Now just leave to chill until set – absolutely delicious!
Sponge cupcakes: Arguably the easiest of baking choices for kids. Apply the ‘equal measures’ rule and you won’t go far wrong: the same amount of weight for eggs, butter, sugar and flour. Mix together with a dash of vanilla essence, spoon into cupcake cases and bake for around 15 minutes on 180C until a knife poked into one comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before icing with sprinkles, icing, chocolate buttons or butter cream.
Baking doesn’t have to be complicated or competition-worthy! If you have fun and have a tasty treat at the end of it, who cares what it looks like? Family time in the kitchen is what it’s all about.