Baking utensils: What children need for baking
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Baking utensils: What children need for baking

These basic utensils will allow your little ones to join in the fun of baking cakes, muffins and biscuits

Baking cakes and biscuits is fun any time of the year, not just at Christmas. Child-friendly baking utensils will allow young bakers to join in the fun.

Here's why children's baking utensils are important

Pat-a-cake pat-a-cake baker's man: Kids love to help with baking – and not just at Christmastime. Watching how ingredients are mixed to create a dough, kneading the dough with their own hands, decorating cakes and biscuits – there's plenty for children to do. And if they are going to help, they should have child-friendly utensils in their hands.

Kids' baking utensils should be safe – so no sharp blades or the like. Also, there's no harm in making sure that they are robust. Things are bound to fall on the floor from time to time! It's also important that the utensils fit the hands of young bakers. Large whisks and bowls will quickly overwhelm your little one. Aside from tasty recipes from little FOOBY, what else might you need when baking with kids?

Before baking

When baking with kids, things can go wrong from time to time. The flour may end up on the worktop instead of in the bowl, or the chocolate icing may splatter while it's being stirred. An apron is a must in any kitchen where kids are wielding wooden spoons.

To prepare the ingredients, scales are important for weighing out solid ingredients and a measuring cup is needed for liquids. Tablespoons and teaspoons are also required for measuring. The individual ingredients should be put into small bowls so that children can then pour them into the big mixing bowl on their own – this will make them feel wonderfully independent. If the recipe requires lemon zest, orange zest or lemon juice, you will need a lemon zester and squeezer. However, these utensils are not necessarily suitable for little hands. A sieve may also come in handy if you need to finely sieve some flour or icing sugar.

Everything you need to make the dough or batter

The ingredients all end up in a bowl. Slightly smaller bowls are better for kids so that they can hold them properly. A whisk or wooden spoon is ideal for mixing as both will fit comfortably in a child's hand. An electric mixer is also a handy piece of equipment to have, however this is best operated by mum, dad or an older sibling.

Once mixed, the dough or batter can be transferred to a cake tin or rolled out, etc. A spatula is useful for scraping out the leftover batter – spatulas and rolling pins also come in a practical kids' size. Dough sticks are a great way of helping young bakers achieve an even thickness when rolling out the dough. These sticks are placed on the outer sides (right and left) of the rolling pin. Once rolled out, the dough can be easily separated from the worktop using a spatula. If the biscuits or cake have to be glazed with egg yolk or icing before or after baking, you will need a brush.

Cake tins and oven

There is a huge selection of cake tins, including round ones, ring-shaped ones and square ones. Children love tins with motifs such as animals or heroes from kids' series. Smaller tins that only have room for half the batter are also practical. The cake will then be the perfect size for kids.

Aside from cake tins, you will also need a baking tray for biscuits or tray bakes. Many children love muffins – these will require a special muffin tray. Baking paper and muffin cases ensure that the muffins won't stick to the tray.

little FOOBY Tip:

Kids usually love to help in the kitchen. This doesn't mean that they won't quickly lose interest. This is why simple, quick recipes and cake mixes with no waiting times are ideal. Kids love to decorate biscuits and the like. So make sure you have plenty of sugar pearls, sprinkles and nuts for your little artists!

Cookie cutters are indispensable around Christmastime and can be used to cut out fun cookie shapes. You'll be spoilt for choice as these days there's a cutter for just about every shape imaginable – from classic shapes such as stars, crescents and hearts to various animals and Christmas motifs. You certainly won't get bored!

When baking with little ones, it goes without saying that the oven is strictly off-limits. Parents will need oven gloves to remove hot trays and cake tins. A cooling rack is helpful for cooling cakes and biscuits. They can then be stored in pretty biscuit tins and cake boxes.

Spices for Christmas baking

What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Often it's specific smells like cinnamon or vanilla. Spices are an essential ingredient in Christmas bakes. There are many spices that can be used to enhance cakes and biscuits. These include:

  • anissed
  • ginger
  • cardamom
  • nutmeg
  • clove
  • Allspice

Many recipes also require a pinch of salt.

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