Christmas is a time for family and it is a time that should definitely be reserved for the children. Anyone who has had children grow up and ‘leave the nest’ will tell you that Christmas just isn’t the same without them. Although the excitement of being Father Christmas may all feel that little bit too much at times, it is well worth it when we see their faces on Christmas day morning.
One way that you can spend time together entertaining your children in the run up to the big day is by baking with them. Bread is a great thing to bake as it teaches the all important skill of patience and, at the end; you still have a relatively low calorie treat before the big day of indulgence. Here are some top tips so your child can be a star baker:
Choosing the Right Recipe
Contrary to popular belief, baking bread isn’t as difficult as people make it out to be and the secret is to choosing the right recipe. If you start off with very basic bread, you’ll be able to gauge your ability and, if time and skill allow, you can build up to some more elaborate, shaped breads.
Having the Right Equipment
Thankfully, with bread, there’s not that much equipment that you need. Baking is normally associated with fancy cutters and expensive essences but with bread you only require the raw ingredients and somewhere to cook it if you’re opting for the basic recipes.
As time goes on, however, you may want to be more extravagant or, if your child takes to baking, some bread baking stocking fillers could be an extra special gift. Online companies such as Bakery Bits offer some fine, artisan equipment and, if you want to make your baking extra special, this seems like the perfect choice.
Let your Child Take the Lead
Any child will tell you that there’s nothing more frustrating than watching someone do something that you’d like to do. Due to this, it is incredibly important that you let them in to get their hands dirty. If you opt for a classic, simple recipe, there’s very little that can go wrong (or very little that can’t be saved), so you should let them get their hands in and enjoy the experience. Plus, they’ll be genuinely proud when the bread reaches the table.
Baking bread with your child/children is the perfect way to bond with them in the run up to Christmas. Remember, they’re only young once, so make the most of it while you still can.