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I love to cook and come from a family where meal times are important and I have early memories of making buns with my Gran and so when I had children I wanted to get them cooking from an early age.
What is it?
The childrens Book of baking is full of lovely sweet things to make I garuntee that there will be a reciepe for everyone to enjoy (depending on age of child!) as there are 70 reciepes.
This reciepe book is illustrated with step by step instructions on how to grease a tin, kitchen tips as well as showing how to make bread crumbs.
Cost and stockist
This book will cost £8.83 from Amzon but it is also available directly from Usborne www.usborne.com but will cost £12.99 I have also seen usborne books in independant book stores.
I have to recomend this boo if only for the choclate brownie reciepes! I like this book as it is straight foreward and easy for children to use but the reciepes are actually good and not aimed at children but can be enjoyed by all indeedI made the strawberry tarts for a desert and they were greeted with rapture! I have no hesitation in recomending this book it is easy to follow the reciepes and for older children they could make them without help.
Both my daughters love cooking (especially making cakes) although somehow I seem to end up doing most of the hard work while they wait impatiently to lick the bowl! They also seem to be acquiring quite a collection of cookery books which has just been added to since my youngest received The Usborne Children's Book of Baking for her fifth birthday.
I very much like the Usborne range of children's books as they seem to be well thought out, age appropriate, attractive and inviting. That's certainly the case with this cookery book as my daughter could not wait to get baking as soon as she saw it. She also loves looking through all the exciting recipes and seeing the pictures of the finished items as she decides exactly what she would like to bake.
There are lots of lovely tempting recipes in this book that are divided up into different sections:
Biscuits and other treats
Pastry and tarts and
Bread and buns
There are also some pages on getting started, decorating tips and also a section on basic beking skills. There are about thirty different recipes and the trickiest part about it all is deciding what to bake first!
The instructions are all set out very well in easy to follow numbered steps. There is generally a couple of sentences explaining what the dish is like and this is followed by the list of ingredients. It is surprising to note that the weight measurements are given in both grams and ounces as I would have thought that children would only want to measure in grams as that is what they learn about in school. I suppose it is helpful for older helpers though! Also I feel that following on from the ingredients there should be a list of equipment that is needed too and then your child can collect everything they need in advance.
The instructions are written nice and simply and there is enough detail for children to understand exactly what they need to do. Sometimes, following a numbered instruction there is a chef's tip and this provides a little more explanation about the technique needed or perhaps a suggestion to make the job easier. For example, when making Gingerbread Flowers, it suggests that you use a paper towel to wipe some cooking oil over a spoon before dipping it in golden syrup as that will help the syrup slide off the spoon much more easily. Each step or instruction is accompanied by a picture that shows exactly what the written instruction is telling you. This is very helpful for younger children because they can pretty much see what they need to do next without having to read all the words though! However, I do think it is still a good idea to supervise them though! There are also lovely photos of all the finished cakes, biscuits and buns in order to tempt your taste buds before you start and also to give you a good idea of what yours should look like - not that they always end up that way!
So whether you fancy orange shortbread stars, chocolate marzipan hearts, mint choc chip cakes, carrot cake, pear and frangipane tart (or many other things) the choice is yours! Just put your feet up and wait for your child to make it!! Or alternatively start off with two willing helpers and then end up making the thing yourself! However, I'm sure they'll be only too happy to help eat the said items!
This book probably does not have the healthiest of recipes but they will make some lovely occasional teatime treats! The book, which is spiral bound and contains just less than 100 wipe clean pages, is published by Usborne and has a RRP of £12.99 although you can probably shop around and find it for less.