February is Bake for Family Fun Month. In celebration of this delicious occasion, we thought we would share some inexpensive baking recipes for you to try at home with your kids. Besides being a fun and a delicious treat, baking with kids can be used to teach them a practical lesson on real world math, precision, and organization skills. So, get on with the baking as nothing says ‘home’ like the smell of baking! Don’t forget to share your fun baking moments and recipes with us.
Who doesn’t love a great muffin?
- 2 medium eggs
- 4 oz l vegetable oil
- 8 oz semi-skimmed milk
- 1/2lb caster sugar
- 1lb self-raising flour (or same quantity plain flour and 3 tsp baking powder)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4lb chocolate chips (You can use dried fruit such as sultanas or dried cherries)
- Heat oven to 375F. Line 2 muffin trays with paper muffin cases.
- In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly with a handheld electric mixer for 1 min.
- Add the oil and milk and beat until just combined then add the sugar and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
- Sift in the flour and salt (and baking powder if using) then mix until just smooth. Be careful not to over-mix the batter as this will make the muffins tough. Stir in the chocolate chips or dried fruit if using.
- Fill muffin cases two-thirds full and bake for 20-25 mins, until risen, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Bake some peanut butter cookies & pack into your kid’s snack bag.
- 1/2lb peanut butter
- 1/3lb caster sugar
- ¼ tsp fine table salt
- 1 large egg
- Heat oven to 350F. Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment.
- Measure and add the peanut butter and sugar into a bowl. Add ¼ tsp fine table salt and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add the egg and mix again until the mixture forms a dough.
- Break off cherry tomato sized chunks of dough and place, well spaced apart, on the trays.
- Press the cookies down with the back of a fork to squash them a little.
- The cookies can now be frozen for 2 months, cook from frozen adding an extra min or 2 to the cooking time.
- Bake for 12 mins, until golden around the edges and paler in the center.
- Cool on the trays for 10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
Nothing can be sweeter than a gooey chocolate treat! Here’s how you can make chocolate peanut butter bars.
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- For Crust: Combine flour, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan.
- Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
- For Filling: Beat eggs, corn syrup, peanut butter, vanilla and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in coconut and chocolate chips. Pour over crust. Return to oven.
- Bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until mixture is golden. Cool on wire rack and cut into bars.
You can find many more fun baking recipes online and get your baking on.