Baking as Education: Quick Gingerbread Biscuit

“Children are gifts. They are not ours for the breaking. They are ours for the making.” Dan Pearce   Praise is an important aspect of interpersonal communication with young children, aimed to motivate achievement and expected behaviour. With regard to young children the praise from adults provides a basic knowledge, on which basis children will learn […]

A Baker in the Making: Molly’s Halloween Pumpkin Cake

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Socrates A simple, but most satisfying reason to bake should be the fact that it is a fun activity combined with joyful results that anyone can be proud of. When I was younger I often looked through my mum’s baking books which […]

Child’s Play: The Simplest Allergen-free Chocolate Traybake

“You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” Barbara Bush     Researchers estimate that millions of people have some type of allergy. In most people, allergies first appear during infancy or childhood. Allergic disorders rank first among children’s chronic diseases. Any child may become allergic, but children from […]

Use Up the Leftovers this Pancake Day !

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper. Everything can have drama if it’s done right. Even a pancake.” Julia Child Baking Heaven have kindly promoted some of my Pancake Day Recipes! Scotch Pancake Torte To make 6 pancakes, add the […]

A Different Kind of Valentine’s Day, A Different Kind of Love: My Sister, Eva’s Simple Biscuit Cake Pops

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” […]

My Mother’s Carnival Doughnuts

“Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.” Victor Hugo Many cultures around the world have festivals in relation to the carnival season and also many festivals have their rendition of fried dough. The Italians celebrate with frittelle, Mexicans make long, skinny churros, and the French eat beignets. Funnel cakes are the American version of […]

Child’s Play Bread: Mint and Lemon Dough Balls

“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” Guy Fieri Making bread at home seems far away from being child’s play, however, children love creating the simplest, tastiest version of bread, dough balls. Mixing, measuring, shaping these little knobs of delight are really easy processes, perfect […]

For What The Silent Night Means: Deep Preparation, Respect, Sweet Love and Traditions – All in a Mirinda Slice

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Steve Maraboli   Linzer Rings, Ischler Hearts, Vanilla Crescent, Walnut Horseshoe Biscuit “Christmas waves a magic wand over this […]

The Gift of Giving: Poppy Seed Brioche Roll Baked By a Young Chef

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa Around Christmas time, the best lesson to teach young children is the gift of giving: giving something truly special – like knowledge in a form of secretly guided family recipe or a sweetly scented cake made following it. It […]

A Child-friendly “Deposit” to Ease the Wait for the Christmas Cake: Snow-Covered Winter Berry Cupcakes

Children have true trouble with understanding the concept of time. For little ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, the days of December are measured as a countdown to the magic of Christmas morning. There are many ways to let the excitement build up, like reading a special holiday stories every night. Funny, sweet, beautiful, […]