Keep The Kids Occupied This Summer With Baking

The schools have broken up for summer and this means that for many parents the battle to keep the little ones entertained for six long weeks has begun. Some parents will send their children off to summer camps or take them on holiday abroad, but you can keep them entertained at home by teaching them how to bake this summer.

Popular baking TV shows such as The Great British Bake Off have made baking a popular modern pastime that all members of the family can enjoy. If you don’t enjoy the baking then you will most definitely enjoy the eating.

Baking is an incredibly easy hobby to take up. All you need for most basic recipes is a wooden spoon (or electric whisk), a big mixing bowl, a measuring jug, scales and a muffin tray or cake tin. Most of us already have everything we need in our kitchens and anything else you need you can pick up cheaply from most supermarkets.

For those beginning to learn how to bake, cupcakes are the easiest recipe to master and they provide the basis for many other recipes. Here’s a simple plain cupcake recipe to get you started:

Ingredients

125g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
125g self-raising flour
2 tbsp milk

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 190RC/gas mark 5. Beat together the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
2. Add the eggs, flour and milk to the bowl and beat until the mixture is smooth.
3. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake in the centre of the oven until the cakes have risen and are just firm to the touch in the centre.
4. The cooking time depends on the size of the cakes. Smaller cakes can take between 10 and 12 minutes whereas the larger ones can take between 12 and 15 minutes. It’s best to keep a close eye on them after 10 minutes but try not to open the oven door a lot as you’ll prevent the temperature staying constant.
5. Remove the cakes from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

The cakes must be completely cooled before you start decorating; it’s worth the wait as the decorating is where the fun really begins.

This is when you can really get the kids involved as they can choose the colour of icing, what sprinkles to use and then help with the all-important taste testing.

After all this your kitchen will most likely look like you’ve thrown a bag of flour the length of the room. This isn’t a problem if you have Granite Transformations work surfaces. They’re easy to wipe clean and can’t be damaged by chemicals or attempts at baking. You know your Granite Transformations kitchen can handle anything you throw at it, so why not give baking a go this summer.