The Great British Bake Off Toddler style

I adore the Great British Bake Off and can’t wait until this weeks final. For me it is the perfect TV formula – homely, friendly and relaxing. I love to escape into a world where that the biggest drama is whether a loaf is under proofed or a tart has a soggy bottom.

I’m starting young training up my own little master bakers (Sam and Leo who are nearly 3 and Sofia aged 7). I’m always keen to whip up some cupcakes with my little helpers. Sofia is quite skilled in the kitchen. The boys, though enthusiastic, are a little bit more of a technical challenge.

Leo kneading sundried tomato bread
Leo kneading sundried tomato bread

As in the bake off tent timing is everything. The main time pressure in our baking is trying to get something mixed together before the boys eat all of the ingredients.

Sam making flapjacks, keeping the oats in the bowl is a challenge
Sam making flapjacks, keeping the oats in the bowl is a challenge

Mary Berry has been known to frown on the use of shop bought fondant. We have been known to use (whisper it) packet mix! Sometimes it’s more about the process than pulling off a show stopper.

Our ginger bread house creation from an Ikea kit - why wouldn't you have a fried egg on your wall.
Our ginger bread house creation from an Ikea kit – why wouldn’t you have a fried egg on your wall.

Paul Hollywood is always critical of creations that are all style and no substance. Please no one tell him that we sometimes just buy a packets for biscuits and go to town with the icing.

Snowman biscuits - it's all about the icing rather than the biscuit making
Snowman biscuits – it’s all about the icing rather than the biscuit making

Uniform and identical are not words that would describe our creations. Sometimes it is a stretch to describe them as edible.

Sofia's extra bright fairy cakes
Sofia’s extra bright fairy cakes

Garish is not a term the contestants would like to hear from the judges. For our signature bakes the brighter the better.

A birthday cake that we made for my mum.
A birthday cake that we made for my mum.

I’ve seen various contestants lose their heads over the years (remember Iain and the baked alaska?) I’m yet to see one of them with the bowl on his head Sam style.

Sam enjoying the baking process!
Sam enjoying the baking process!

I noticed that they are already asking for applicants for the next series, should I sign us up?

P.S I’m rooting for Nadiya for 2015 champion!

2 thoughts on “The Great British Bake Off Toddler style

    1. Thank you. I always have a bit of trepidation letting the boys loose in the kitchen (we had a few disaster when they were little). When I accept it is going to be messy and chaotic we have a good time.

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