Friday, 7 February 2014

A little baking for giving

                     A great way to teach children the value of giving is to bake together

For Christmas, I was bought a cookie recipe book. It just so happened that my daughter had been asking me to do more baking with her, as she really enjoys the quality time we get to spend together as well as the tasty treats at the end of the activity!

The problem is, Mummy is on a diet! This complicated things a little as this means there would be too much temptation laying around the kitchen with a huge batch of biscuits freshly baked on show! So, the most sensible solution for this was to make biscuits for others. As a result, every Friday has become "Bake Off" day, where my daughter and I make biscuits and she decides who they are for. Of course, both of us get a little tester to make sure they are suitable for people to eat, but so far they seem to have gone down a storm!!

The best thing about this is that my daughter is learning the joy of giving. She has totally got on board with making something to make someone happy, and is so proud of her achievements. plus the fact that she makes them with me, which is another huge plus point!! I look forward to these days, as come September, we will no longer be having days where it is just the two of us once she starts school.

Here is a lovely biscuit recipe for one of our favourite biscuits so far:

Oaty Biscuits
You will need:

  •  75g (3oz) plain flour
  • 1/2 a level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g (3oz) demerara sugar
  • 75g (3oz) porridge oats
  • 75g (3oz) of butter/dairy free margarine
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup

  • Put the plain flour in a bowl with half a level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.

    Add the demerara sugar and porridge oats and stir together.

    Heat the butter in a pan with a tablespoon of golden syrup.

    Mix it altogether and roll it into small balls (you should have about 24).

    Set them well apart on a greased baking tray and bake at gas mark 3/ 160 C for 7 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven, until golden brown

    (Source : Net Mums)

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