Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Many people are put off by the idea of baking with young children; they think it's too difficult, too much mess, a recipe (ha!) for disaster. But I ask you to reconsider. Children LOVE to bake. Baking is fun, time-consuming (a good thing when you're trying to fill many a stay-at-home-parent hour), brain-stimulating (the scooping, the dumping, the stirring, the counting, the discussion about half-cups and fourth-cups and three-fourths of a teaspoon), and gratifying in both the immediate (lick the stirring spoon at the end?) and the delayed (wait for the muffins to bake and cool before you can eat one!) sense. Messy? Well, sure. But put on an apron and grab a sponge when you're done, and it's really not too big of a deal.
And as for baking being difficult, in my experience--and Julia and I have come to do quite a lot of baking and cooking together--it's really not. Truly, the hardest part about cooking or baking with a three-year-old is figuring out how to keep her one-year-old sister happy while you do it. And people, I'm no expert on that one.
On Sunday, Julia and I made a homemade chocolate layer cake--with buttercream icing--for Christopher's birthday, and it wasn't hard at all. Really. But you don't need a birthday to bake a cake. How about baking a homemade cake with your child to celebrate May Day? Friday? The first daffodil sighting? Just because? It's something to do, and best of all...it's delicious.
I'll even give you my recipe, if you want.
Posted by Shannon at 6:30 AM