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Autumn Muffins

Autumn is a great time for baking, it makes a lovely bonding activity to fill dark evenings, keeps the kitchen toasty warm and provides an opportunity to try new flavours, such as the cinnamon and apple combination used in the autumn muffins we’ve been making.  Miss J and I followed the above video, with great results. Miss J helped out with a number of the stages, she is quite an accomplished little chef for her age.  She was intrigued by the ingredients – using carrot in cakes is nothing new, but alongside whole chunks of unpeeled apple, and raisins, she was unsure whether or not she would enjoy the finished product. The method was easy to follow and using the video definitely helped. We used a tutorial video to help Miss J learn the correct technique to sift the flour: And she managed all the mixing herself! We enjoy working with Tesco on their Eat Happy Project; it’s definitely nice to find recipes aimed at young bakers that are more adventurous than the standard fairy …

Cooking with Children – Ferrero Rocher Core Cupcakes

Miss J really does enjoy helping out in the kitchen.  From the age of two, she would regularly crack eggs and pop peppers for me.  She has since been introduced to a few other methods and been given more responsibility when cooking.  Most often, we choose to bake together and yesterday was no exception.  We made Ferrero Rocher core cupcakes using an idea I found online but with a recipe I sort of made up as I went along.  We used the following: 200g self-raising flour 200g butter 200g caster sugar 50g cocoa powder 2 eggs 2 tbsp golden syrup 1 tbsp oil We added all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisked until smooth. Next, Miss J placed cupcake cases into a muffin tray and popped one Ferrero Rocher in the centre of each case. She then spooned the cake mixture on top of the chocolates… Until each one was hidden. The cakes were then baked for around 20 minutes at 200 degrees.  Meanwhile, I attempted to make some butter icing.  I decided …