This is my Dad. He cooks once a year; on my Mum's birthday. It goes like this. If he is going to cook, it has to be spectacular. So he picks the most complicated recipe he can find and spends at least 3 days trying to source the obscure ingredients he needs to do it. Come the day, we are all banned from the kitchen. There follows hours of huffing and puffing and expletives and finally, after he's made sure to use every single bowl and piece of bakeware in the house, he produces an incredible meal. My Mum breathes a sigh of relief to get her kitchen back.
So, when I suggested he might like to do some baking with his grandchildren over Easter, the whole family took a sharp intake of breath. My Dad immediately saw a competitive challenge and went to find the most spectacular cake recipe he could. Now I saw a challenge. If I can't persuade my own father that the Tickle Fingers approach is the way to go when cooking with young children, then I may as well give up now. So I gave him the 'keep it simple, keep it achievable' spiel, left him with a Tickle Fingers recipe and fled the house.
The pictures my husband took say it all. The biggest stressor in the kitchen to the most relaxed. And two very happy granddaughters. Result.
They were baking the recipe for Tickle Fingers' toddler 'Bake for Heroes' in aid of Help for Heroes. If you have a little chef aged 1 to 6 and want to bake these cakes during Bake for Heroes fortnight (18 April to 4 May 2015), click here to find out how.
This post is an entry for #betterwithcake Linky Challenge (http://www.britmums.com/2015/03/the-easter-school-holidays-are-betterwithcake/), sponsored by Mr Kipling. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/mrkiplingcakes.