Baking with the Toddler – Dairy Free Shortbread

I always had this idyllic idea of baking with my child, where it will be so pretty and fun, like something from those adverts you see on telly.

I have been procrastinating for quite a few months as I knew that this would smash that lovely picture that I have painted in my head. I finally DID IT. Baking with my little one for the very first time at 21 months! A really good and fun age to start as she now understands the concept of cooking. At least, I think she does as she watches me in the kitchen and pretends to cook her own food when she is actually eating. Haha.

I set up all the ingredients in advance and before I could even explain or show her which one to mix, she started pouring the wrong ingredient to the huge mixing bowl much to my dismay. She was doing her own thing whilst I tried guiding her to ‘follow the recipe’. “At least she’s loving it”.. I kept repeating this in my head.

Good thing I hid the raspberries till the end as she conveniently forgot that she was still baking and started enjoying them. After munching on quite a few raspberries, she started cooperating again and she was a jolly good helper.

I am so glad that I waited till she was this age so that it wont be too much of a ‘fail’. Good fun, more mess than usual, double the time BUT yes, to more baking days ahead especially since its autumn πŸ™‚

Enjoy our pictures, its chronological … includes the time where she toddled away and enjoyed some baking ingredients i.e the raspberries. Ingredients will be further down the post πŸ™‚

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Looking back at the pictures, her face was a picture of concentration and she carried out her little tasks with focus. Awww bless nothing cuter than little kids attempting to bake. First time trying this dairy free recipe and thankfully it worked! Super easy and she loved pressing the dough into the elephant mould. She kept wanting to turn the mould upside down to look at their faces though.

Ingredients:

290g baking margarine, we used Stork (not the spreadable kind), room temp. diced

120g sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

270g plain flour

110g rice flour

100g raspberries (optional)

pinch of sea salt

Mix the ‘butter’, sugar and vanilla together until pale and fluffy. (Well my toddler wanted to do flour first) Add the flours to the creamed mixture. Fold together. We included some raspberries for fun. Place dough in moulds or prepared tin. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes, preheat oven to 170Β°C. Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and score and do leave for it to completely cool before removing from mould or cutting the slices.

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We had one happy tot! Definitely makes it all worthwhile when you see her tucking into her little cookie. The elephants were a hit as she was so excited to eat the ears and then the eyes.

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For some other dairy free makes, check out my df banana ice cream and passion fruit cake. Hope you have a happy Sunday with your loved ones.

Ps. theres a huge range of animal moulds on Baked By Me. Great fun when baking with the kiddos.

The Adventures Of An Allergy Mummy

Bake Sale Cupcakes

Bake Sale

LOVE LOVE love these very adorable chocolate toppers! Made with help fromΒ Baked By Me‘s cupcake and ribbon mould. There’s a little slot to convert them to lollies too.

Easy peasy vanilla buttercream cupcakes accompanied by some chocolate lollypops.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcake topper

Crossed Charity Ribbon Cake

Closed up charity cupcake

Bake sale cakes

Have a delicious day ahead.

 

Just on time for Oktoberfest.

Fun fun fun! Seen this? Perfect timing eh when winter blues starts kicking in (jokes)

Beer Mug mouldHomemade Beer Mug Chocolates

Is this not perfect? A delight for a beer AND chocolate enthusiast. Cheers!

Gingerbreadman Lollipop

Gingerbreadman gingerbread house mould

Unfortunate place for the stick. πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆΒ  I swear it did not cross my mind till someone commented on our Facebook page. To be fair, where are we going to place the stick? Haha! Although someone did mention that it might be perfect just like that for a hen do. Yikes.

Ps. the only reason why we are talking about this very festive mould is because we have been sending out quite a few festive orders. If you have that .. ALREADY?! look in your head and on your face. I know, I know … there is some folks out there who is just very organised. Admirable!

Chocolate Shoes to the rescue.

Shoes / High Heels MouldYou can’t buy happiness but you can buy SHOES or CHOCOLATE and that’s kind of the same thing. We have these combined πŸ˜‰ We used strawberry chocolate for the pink bits. We have loads of enquiries about what chocolate is best. Any chocolate will work really, just go with your favourite or whatever that tickles your fancy at that moment. We melt ours in the microwave. We buy this brand of Belgium choc called Callebaut from Chocolate Trading Company. They taste heavenly and they look brilliant. They have really unique flavours like strawberry, honey, orange, lemon, cappucino and caramel! Melt and sets really well in our moulds without us tempering them properly.

Just for good measure, I have decided to share one of our handmade chocolate bars with choc bought from Chocolate Trading Company.

Homemade Chocolate Bars

Have a lovely evening! Enjoy xxx

Chocolate Dominoes

This is an incredibly versatile silicone mould, where each individual cell measures 49mm x 26mm x 10mm. Perfect for making sample sized chocolates. Mini Bar MouldWe had a little play πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Domino chocolatesSample Size ChocolatesMilk chocolate with a ‘piped on’ dominoes design. Mould available from HERE for Β£4.80. Flat rate UK delivery Β£2.99. Leave us a message for worldwide delivery.

One for the baking fan! GBBO fever :D

Kitchen Stand Mould

Baking Mixer

Introducing our new and very popular kitchen stand mixer mould. Perfect with the GBBO on our tellies currently. Truth to be told, I have not really baked of the lateΒ but chocolate making with the Bake Off on catch up.. that I can do πŸ˜‰

Kitchenaid style chocolates

TheΒ mould is very easy to use. Pipe your chocolate in or just fill the cavity with a teaspoon! Allow to set slightly and top up with another ‘colour’. Pop them out when they have set completely. They do come out with great ease. The silicone mould is oven safe too if you would like to make shortbread in them.

Special ones in conjunction with The Great British Bake Off …

Star baker

Star Baker!

Homemade chocolates

These moulds make great presents as they are not too pricey at Β£4.50. Its flat rate UK delivery Β£2.99 no matter how much you buy or take advantage of free UK delivery on orders over Β£25. Shop HERE. We post worldwide and shipping is less than a fiver for about 2 moulds. Email me, hello@bakedbyme.net if you would like more information.

Take care xxx

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