Looking for an activity for your child that is fun, delicious and educational? Try baking.
I always loved baking with my child. It was a fun activity to do together with a delicious reward at the end. At the same time, he was learning – measuring, reading, following directions. Kindness.
One of our favourite books was You Can Do It, Sam (Amy Hest) about a little bear who bakes with his mother and then delivers packages of goodness secretly to his neighbours. My guy was inspired to do the same and we often left packages – just like Sam – on our neighbour’s doorsteps.
Unfortunately, my 11 year old is no longer interested in baking and not even a cookbook featuring only baked goods would get him to do it with me recently. Although he said I could go ahead and bake, implying he would eat whatever I made.
There are no shortage of recipes to try in The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs, which features more than 100 recipes that are both sweet and savory ($27.99, Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks Explore).
The full-colour cookbook offers a picture of each recipe as well as a number of other pictures, with and without children, to showcase the creation of the dish. There is also lots of information about the dish, the ingredients used and baking tips, something I always appreciate in a cookbook.
Throughout the book are quotes from children who offered their opinions on the recipe.
Chapters include muffins, quick breads and other breakfast treats; yeast breads; pizza, flatbread and other savory baked goods; cookies and bars (including chewy brownies and how math creates the texture you get in boxed mixes); cakes and cupcakes (including cake pops with information on how to assemble and decorate cake pops); fruit desserts, pies and tarts and other information such as conversions and equivalents and decoding bakingspeak.
I would like to try making Middle Eastern Za’atar bread and I am going to attempt to make cinnamon rolls again. I have no idea why I have never been successful making these. I am hoping with all the information provided, I can figure out where I always go wrong. I am not interested, however, in Almost No-Knead Bread. Isn’t the kneading the best part about bread making? I find it so relaxing. The Tear-and-Share pepperoni pizza rolls look delicious, too. I will likely be making the chewy brownies as well. Quite frankly, there are no shortage of recipes to try and enjoy.
A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.