Baking with Your Kids: Tips for Preparing Your Workspace

Baking with Your Kids

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On Sweet Phenomena, you’ll find 1o posts devoted to ideas for baking with your kids!  In addition to great tips, Babydoll and I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes with you, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

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The Right Mindset

I think it’s so important for parents to begin cooking and baking with their kids as soon as possible.  Not only is it a great teaching tool, but it really bring the family closer.

But fear not, friends, I’m not delusional.  I know that baking with kids doesn’t necessarily create the environment present in Tollhouse commericals.

It can be messy.  It can be seemingly fruitless.  It can be stressful.

For instance, this one time Vince was helping Babydoll decorate a cake for the fair and they decided the best way to get sprinkles on the cake was to throw them at the cake.

Yep.

This is why it’s crucial to enter into this venture with the right mindset.  Messes will happen.  Recipes will take four times as long to prepare.

But you know what? Your kids won’t remember that.  They’ll remember the awesome time Mom helped them bake cupcakes or bread or cookies.

And really, isn’t that worth more in the long run?

Your Workspace

Just because things won’t be completed in a clean and orderly manner doesn’t mean you just give up on any sort of order.

One key thing to teach your children is to properly prepare for baking:

  • Read through your recipe first.  This lets you know what tools and ingredients you’ll need, how long you can expect to be working on the recipe, and more.
  • Gather all of your tools and ingredients.  In my opinion, this just makes things work better.  I hate having to stop and go to the pantry every three minutes.
  • Teach them the concept of mise in place.  Now, I don’t do this all the time, but teaching them to have everything in place {mise in place} really is a great thing to do.  This involves more than laying everything out: wash, chop, measure, do it all.  Then you get to just dig right in and create!

Clean Up

Just as important as set-up, cleaning up after yourself is another great concept for your kids to learn.

Sure, it’s fun spilling flour everywhere, but it’s equally as fun to not have ants in your kitchen…

Assign each child a specific job {dishes, wiping the counters, drying the dishes}.  Make a game out of it.  Just don’t let them get away with not doing it.

Now the Fun Begins

Now that the “boring” stuff is out of the way, it’s time to get down to business!  Tomorrow we’ll start throwing down with some super killer recipes and tips like how to frost cakes and cupcakes!