Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Baking with the kids

Holidays always call for lazy mornings and baking with the kids.



Gingerbread men, their very favourite. Now that little J can read they managed to do it all on their own with a little supervision here and there. It was such fun to watch them work as a team, it most certainly warmed my heart!

Here is the recipe that we always use. I love trying new recipe's so hope you have fun making these.


175 plain flour
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
1 rounded tsp of ground ginger
t tsp of ground cinnamon
a large pinch of ground allspice
75g unsalted butter, cold and diced
75g caster sugar
2tbsp golden syrup
1 large egg yolk


1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and allspice into a bowl.
2. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Add the sugar and mix.
4. Beat the golden syrup and egg yolk together and add the bowl and knead it very lightly.
5. Flatten and put in the fridge for 30 mins.
6. Preheat the oven at 180C (350F)
7. On a lightly floured surface roll out your dough to around the thickness of 4mm and start stamping away with your cutters.
8. Put it on baking trays and pop in the over for 10 minutes
9. Have fun decorating and eating them

The lovely little E, always so keen to do a spot of baking and she is so very good at it. She made these banana muffins all on her own, I was very proud!! These are super easy muffins to make and I love recipes that give you the opportunity to use up things in the house that has gone a little past its best.

We use this recipe all the time, but instead of using butterscotch, I sometimes (not always) add a little white chocolate for a treat.

Hope you enjoy a little baking where you are. I always find it rather therapeutic, especially when the kids have magicked  a cloud of flour dust, oh the joys!!

Warm wishes


  1. I love baking with the boys. Olly is very good with the hand mixer. The only down side is the squabbles over the cake mixture scrapings.

    I love the story your photographs tell. Your little girl looks so proud. And so she should!

    Leanne xx

    1. This made me giggle as we have exactly the same squabbles if the mixer gets involved, only one bowl, it's bound to get tricky. Thanks for always leaving such lovely comments lovely Leanne xoxo

  2. Hi Hannapat, I came here from Leanne's blog. Your blog is really sweet! Your children look like similar ages to mine, I have a boy almost eight and a girl almost five. I'm a new follower and looking forward to reading more. :)


    1. Hi Jennifer and thank you for stopping by. I am going to hop over to yours to have a little look. Hope you enjoyed your visit here xoxo

  3. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. You are very patient to let the children do their own thing, I tend to be a bit of a control freak with my daughter (poor kid!).The finished articles look amazing. Well done to all of you. Love Linda x

    1. Hi Linda, I used to be like that, but I have forced myself to change as I really want the kids to enjoy baking and it's no good with me trying to control everything like I use to. Thanks for your lovely comment xoxo

  4. That just looks so wonderful for the kiddos and for you Hannapat - and look at those gorgeous muffins, clever girl little E!
    Happy family times are wonder-filled times!
    Joy xo

    1. Isn't she just a little star Joy. Thanks for your comments! xoxo

  5. Looks like fun for all! The muffins turned out really well.

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    1. Thanks Trishie, popping over RIGHT NOW! xo

  6. It looks like they are having a lot of fun there. My kids love baking too but my daughter is certianly much more keen and very talented too. it boggles me that when I give a recipe to try she works away at it, again with a little supervision, and it always turns out better than mine. how fair is that!! Her sponge cakes are just fab....must get her to make one soon!

    1. I would most certainly rope her in for a sponge, what a delight!! xoxo

  7. Ah Hannapat what a wonderful post, thank you. My grandchildren are coming to stay soon so I shall try this recipe with them, it looks delicious. Have a great day Hannapat, I have left you a message on my blog
    Lots of love

    1. Enjoy making these Dorothy, I am sure you will have heaps of fun! xoxo