Last year I had the blessing to stay home with my kids and keep them occupied over the summer. Charades, swimming and bike rides can only fill so many hours and minutes of a kids day. So this summer we are taking fun up a notch. With my love of food, grilling, cooking and baking, the kids started to catch on. Along with their desire to help, we had a winning combination. So I took advantage of my love of baking, their help, and a new way to bond as a family. I also had a great guide that was driven more for their audience so I could cater to their needs as kids in the kitchen.
My guide was the book “Baking with Kids” where you can safely show kids how to use kitchen equipment easily and safely. The latter being the most important with any child. In addition to safety and fun is the education part where all the ingredients are explained that make up these delicious dishes. Anything from pizza, bread and pretzels to cakes, cookies and pies.
Celebrated chef and instructor, Leah Brooks
creates activities with simple step-by-step photo illustrations that will guide kids through each recipe and inspire creativity throughout. Inside you’ll find easy how-tos for goodies such as:
- Blackberry Scones
- Easy Overnight French Baguettes
- Mini Strawberry Hand Pies
- Cheddar Squares
We have been playing around with cupcakes in our home since my daughter is a HUGE fan of Cupcake Wars. She is constantly coming up with fun, inventive, and delicious ideas for her cupcakes. So we have made a few and we have explained how the ingredients work and I have shown them how to operate the oven, the mixer, gather the ingredients; the whole event is a lot of fun in the kitchen.
The beauty of teaching children to cook and or bake is so that they understand the value and importance of food. As a mom who is conscientious about the foods we purchase and eat, I want my kids to enjoy and love food as much as I do. Additionally I want them to be prepared in adulthood to have the tools and knowledge to make their own meals and or prepare fun goodies like cupcakes.
Do you let your kids help in the kitchen? Are your kids interested in cooking or baking? Are you looking to engage your kids in baking and cooking but weren’t sure what to get them started with? Try “Baking with Kids
” which is available on Kindle and Amazon.com
* I received a complimentary copy of Baking with Kids to share with my audience. My opinion of cooking, baking and or doing so with my kids was never influenced…however the book helped to occupy their time.