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

In the mood for some Easter bakes

Happy first day of spring! It has been too long since I have particularly enjoyed whipping up sweeties in the kitchen. With help from ‘Teletubbies’ and leaving bubba to her own device, I managed to make not one but 2 lush goodies. I have been browsing the glorious Easter section on the Waitrose website for a few days now.

Their themed Easter baking section was definitely inspiring as it made me penned recipes I wanted to attempt on a scrap piece of paper. Of the late, I just go oh that’s nice and just admire them through the screen.

After much deliberation, I decided to make my own ‘Crunchie’ bar for the first time. The recipe worked fabulously and I was mighty pleased with the end result. Managed to take photographs along the way to share with you too.

Who knew the ingredients to make honeycomb is so basic! Extra plus point to a recipe if they are already present in the food cupboard. The recipe is on HERE.

Honeycomb ingredients

100g caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
200g dark chocolate (I used 100g)

Melt the sugar and golden syrup under a medium heat. Low to be safe πŸ˜‰

Golden syrup

Mixed it to a paste till it reaches 140C, I was lucky I found my sugar thermometer lying around somewhere.

Sugar and golden syrup paste

This part was very cool, the mixture just froths really quickly when you beat in the soda bicarbonate!

The making of honeycomb

Quick quick, pour it into your lined pan. Look at that colour!

Leftover honeycomb

Homemade Honeycomb

I was super chuffed that it worked! It set really quickly and I could carry this large piece around everywhere πŸ˜€

Shiny homemade honeycomb

Smash the honeycomb into shards, I used a wooden spoon. Initially, I wanted to ‘Google’ how do you smash honeycomb into shards. Haha.

Broken honeycomb

 

Easy Homemade Honeycomb Shards

Drizzled warm dark chocolate all over the lush honeycomb.

Honeycomb Shards

Voila! It was the perfect piece of mess. Chocolate drizzled honeycomb, thanks to recipe by Waitrose.

Chocolate Dipped Honeycomb

On to the next bake! Mutated Blueberry Bunny Scones. Recipe from HERE. Its another easy recipe although I did struggle when it came to folding the dough into an adorable bunny shape. Mine looks like they have been through tough times.

There’s a video attached to the recipe which was wonderful but I totally forgot how they folded the ears and it was too late when both my hands were covered in scone dough.

Blueberry filling

Lush blueberry filling with lemon juice and sugar.

Blueberry filling made with lemon juice and sugar

Scone dough all rolled out.

Scone dough

Rolled out scone with blueberry filling

Check out my bunnies before they were popped in the oven. They are slightly wonky but oh well, at least they still resemble rabbits.

Blueberry Bunny Scones

Bunny Scones Before Baking

Easter Rabbit Scones

Blueberry Scones

Oven time! All done now after baking them for 10 minutes.

Blueberry Rabbit Scones

Bunny scones with blueberry eyes!

Homemade Bunny Scones

Easter bunny scones

Blueberry Bunny Scone

My loyal fan πŸ˜‰ She definitely ate it like I would..Β  the nose and eyes first!

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Hope you enjoyed my Chocolate Drizzled Honeycomb and Blueberry Bunny Scones, do share when you try them out.

Ps. you can Shop Easter with 15% off orders over Β£40 with code KX15. Ps, you can even order lush party food from Waitrose Entertaining if you are not in the mood to host ‘homemade’ or grab indulgent chocolate eggs for the adults. I LOVE luxury chocolate eggs with a passion, once a year after all.

Aaaah, I should definitely do this more often. I forgot how much I enjoyed baking and trying new recipes!

xxx

 

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.

 

Christmas in August?

Yes yes, it is very early but we HAVE to start early as it just gets exceptionally manic closer to Christmas and my baby is due in November. We will just have to be extra organised this year to avoid dissapointing you πŸ˜‰ We have released our new Xmas Combo mould and have posted loads out to you already.

Introducing our new Xmas Combo mould available on HERE. This is a fab buy for Β£3.99 just because there’s so many designs on a mould. Santa, snowman, stocking, Xmas tree, candy cane and gift or parcel.

Xmas Combo Mould

They are really easy to use. Here’s proof πŸ™‚ We carefully spooned melted choc in the cavities. This can get really messy. Imagine choc all over the mould. Not to fret, I used a little teaspoon and my fingers to clean up the sides haha! Some people prefer piping the chocolate in. Remember to tap the mould gently to release air bubbles. Tempting to overfill the cavities but just don’t πŸ˜€ Oh yes, any chocolate will work. I just melt mine in the microwave and they always turn out shiny like this. You can read up on chocolate tempering tips online too.

Xmas Combo Mould

I popped the whole mould in the fridge for 10 minutes and then popped them out with ease. All details of the mould captured. These sizes are perfect! Great on top of festive cupcakes with a beautiful icing.

Festive Christmas Chocolates

Close up picture of the chocs! Enjoy.

Christmas Homemade Chocolates

Christmas in August?

Yes yes, it is very early but we HAVE to start early as it just gets exceptionally manic closer to Christmas and my baby is due in November. We will just have to be extra organised this year to avoid dissapointing you πŸ˜‰ We have released our new Xmas Combo mould and have posted loads out to you already.

Introducing our new Xmas Combo mould available on HERE. This is a fab buy for Β£3.99 just because there’s so many designs on a mould. Santa, snowman, stocking, Xmas tree, candy cane and gift or parcel.

Xmas Combo Mould

They are really easy to use. Here’s proof πŸ™‚ We carefully spooned melted choc in the cavities. This can get really messy. Imagine choc all over the mould. Not to fret, I used a little teaspoon and my fingers to clean up the sides haha! Some people prefer piping the chocolate in. Remember to tap the mould gently to release air bubbles. Tempting to overfill the cavities but just don’t πŸ˜€ Oh yes, any chocolate will work. I just melt mine in the microwave and they always turn out shiny like this. You can read up on chocolate tempering tips online too.

Xmas Combo Mould

I popped the whole mould in the fridge for 10 minutes and then popped them out with ease. All details of the mould captured. These sizes are perfect! Great on top of festive cupcakes with a beautiful icing.

Festive Christmas Chocolates

Close up picture of the chocs! Enjoy.

Christmas Homemade Chocolates

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Spotted in Sainsburys, wonderful ‘stir in’ hot chocolate spoons. Beautiful packaging but at Β£1.50 each, you can make loads with our moulds and store them in the fridge or your cupboard for later use πŸ™‚ They are really little luxuries as they make hot chocolate taste so good. You just need to stir a hot choc spoon into hot milk and voila. Extremely good as it is starting to get pretty chilly now. (Yes it is August)

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Check out the packaging on these wonderful hot choc spoons made with our moulds! They are so lovely πŸ™‚ Made by Tracey Campbell. Marshmallows and perhaps lots of cream .. what a heavenly combination with lush hot choc!imageLove rag dolls? Check out this creative hot choc spoon made byΒ our talented ‘regular’ customer, Thelma Smith. She used our hot chocolate spoon mould and added the rag dolls made with another one of our moulds to the top! Nothing wrong with more chocolate πŸ˜‰ Β 

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Her labels and makes are just too pretty! Laucotton made these gorgeous birdcage hot chocolate spoons with help with our moulds. She has a lovely business called Cocoa Delicous. Beautiful isn’t it!

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Β These fab ones made by another lovely customer, Amy Bugg.image

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How creative is this? Made with our rose mould. Sharon Ludgate (Pupcakes) made these beautiful dog treats. They could easily beΒ mistaken for hot choc spoons πŸ˜‰

Rose Pupcakes Sharon Ludgate

We have quite a few moulds that could be made into hot choc spoons. These ones are ACTUAL spoons! Brilliant isn’t it. Made by customer, Gill Graham.

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Time for some goodies I made with our Halloween moulds. Made ‘brains’ and ‘eyeballs’ hot chocolate spoons! Oh boy, they were perfection in a cup of hot milk and I had so much fun giggling away ‘melting’ them in the hot milk. Your kids will love them for Halloween. Β image

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Ps, I am going to have a go with strawberry jelly on the inside so that the brains and eyeballs ‘ooze’ πŸ˜€ Have a delicious day everyone xxx

Homemade Chocolate Lollipops

I LOVE testing out our products and taking pictures to show you that they not only work, but they are easy to use and they work well! I had so much fun playing around with one of our new moulds, a chocolate lollipop mould! Here’s a picture of them together with our new speckled Easter Egg mould.Baked By Me moulds

I had plans to decorate my chocolate lollipops with different chocolate designs. I used a mini letter mould and an embellished heart mould. Filled the mould with beautiful melted strawberry choc (it’s pink!). Best to use a syringe of some sort to fill the mould πŸ™‚ Pop in fridge for a while and voila. All done! I made a little Instavideo on HERE if you want to have a peek.
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Love the different flower designs on the embellished heart mould! Pretty and versatile.

I had some Butterfly Confetti from Sainsburys on standby too. I had no clue what I was going to use just yet. Just made it up as I went along.

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Freeze dried raspberry pieces are the BEST. I love them as it makes whatever you make look really ‘posh’ and I do love the idea of having some fruit to balance out the chocolate πŸ˜‰ I got them from Sainsbury’s. Sprinkled the raspberry pieces on the mould.

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Scooped heaps of wonderful milk chocolate into the mould. Remember to gently tap the mould on a hard surface to release air bubbles.

Decorate according to your taste or theme. Look! I used the strawberry flowers as well as personalised some of my choc lollies with the alphabet made from earlier πŸ™‚ Fabulous?? I was so pleased with myself. *happy dance*

Chocolate Lollipops

Promise this did not take very long πŸ™‚ Very satisfying considering that so little effort is put in to make such professional looking lollipops. A very thoughtful little gift too. Try making yours. Have a browse on our website to have a cheeky browse at all our moulds.

Embellishment moulds available from here.

Mini letter mould from this link.

.. and the star of the day! Our Chocolate Lolly mould from here.

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