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Great Cartmill Toddler Bake Off

The children in our toddler room love to bake. They took great interest in a lovely little book in the Home Corner about baking and asked to if they could make some of their favourites.

First, they made some Scones. They all washed their hands before they touched any of the ingredients.

Ingredients:
450g of self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g of caster sugar
100g of soft butter
2 eggs
a little milk.

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 220/200 Fan/Gas 7. The children know that only a grown up should touch the oven as it would become very hot.

Put the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl.

Measure the butter

Now rub the mixture between your fingers till it looks like fine breadcrumbs.

Crack both eggs into a measuring jug and add enough milk to make the mix up to 300ml. Stir, then add the milk and egg mixture to the flour. You may not need all the milk and eggs, the mix should become soft and sticky.

Turn the mixture out onto a table dusted with flour and knead. Press out and, using a cutter, cut into circles, putting them on a lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven till golden brown.

Enjoy your scones with yummy jam warm from the oven.

Next we made some yummy Irish Soda Bread. There are only 5 items needed to make this.

170g of wholemeal flour
170g of plain flour
half a teaspoon of salt
half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
290ml buttermilk

Pre heat the oven to 200/180 Fan/Gas 6.

Measure the two different types of flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and put into a large bowl.

Add in the carton of buttermilk

Carefully stir the mixture and turn out onto a floured table to knead gently.

J said it was very squishy and sticky

Make into a round dome shape, place on a baking tray ready to go into the oven

All ready for the oven

Cook in the oven till golden brown.

The children learned turn taking and good listening skills. They further developed their fine motor skills and their hand eye co-ordination with measuring, pouring and stirring. Talking with the children and encouraging them to talk to each other about their baking develops social skills giving them the opportunity to learn new words which helps with language development.

Yummy Blueberry Muffins

This week the toddlers have been extremely busy. After enjoying home grown vegetables for snack this week, they decided to make some yummy blueberry muffins to enjoy for snack.

We all washed our hands and found a recipe book to let us know what ingredients we needed.

This is what we needed:

Plain Flour
Caster Sugar
Baking Powder
Salt
Melted Butter
Buttermilk
Lemon Rind
2 Eggs
Blueberries

We put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl, flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon rind and salt and gave it a stir.

Now we had to mix the wet ingredients, buttermilk, eggs and melted butter.

And gave it a good stir.

We carefully added the wet ingredients to the flour mix and gave it a good mix. It became very gloopy!

Pop in some blueberries.

The children took great care filling the muffin cases before putting them in the oven to cook.
The muffins looked delicious when they were cooked. The children had to wait till they had cooled before enjoying them for snack.

Some of the children wanted to taste some of the blueberries…. even the lemon!

What will we make next time?

Scrumptious scones!

In the home room we are learning to make our own homemade Vegan Scones.

Following on from the play dough the children wanted to make scones.

We found a recipe that suits everyone in the nursery and are learning to follow the recipe to make our own scones.

We are measuring out the flour using weighing scales. We need to make sure the scales say 300 grams.


We added bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, sugar vegetable oil and 100ml of oat milk.

Sharon preheated the oven to 160 degrees.
We mixed all the dried ingredients together and then added oil before slowly adding milk to make sure it doesn’t become too sticky.
Once we placed the ingredients on a floured surface, we began to knead the mixture.
We then took a rolling pin and rolled them out until they were 3cm thick.
The scones were baked in the oven until they were golden brown which took about 15-18 minutes.