So far I have made bacon and cheese scrolls, blueberry muffins (but I added a few white choc chips), cupcakes and today's piece de resistance, chocolate brownies (no nuts).
It has been a big commitment for me. I don't rate myself as a baker. It isn't really my style. I like to free-range in the kitchen; rarely using a recipe. But baking is different to cooking. All that precise measuring. Lists of necessary ingredients (I lack the
And it is a whole different set of implements too. Sister A once made a cake for Nugget's birthday in my kitchen*. When it was my birthday five weeks later, she bought me a new set of measuring cups, mixing bowls, wooden spoons etc. Mum bought me a set of electric beaters. I detected a theme.
I must admit that having the 'right' equipment does make a difference. It makes baking easier. Achievable.
I am starting to feel a little more accomplished with this precision cooking business, although I still don't know what to do with the kids when they want to 'help'. They are getting a bit tired of tipping flour into the sifter or into the mixing bowl!. Next thing I will be buying myself one of those flashy Mixmasters!
Do you have a fairly fail safe recipe that you could share? Or a suggestion for what I should attempt next week (it has to be nut free because of the school's policy). Even better if it is something I can cook in bulk and freeze. And tell me, what do your kids do to 'help' you bake?
* That is not the only cake Sister A has baked for my children. She whipped up the twins' three year old cake pictured above too.
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