Make or bake
Christmas is an especially good time for involving children in activities around the home. And what better way than by baking some lovely Yuletide treats. Bernice Mulligan reports
WITH Christmas traditionally being a time for bonding with family members, a great way for children and parents to reconnect is by cooking and baking together. As well as being a fantastic way to have fun, there is also the sense of achievement of having produced something that the whole family can enjoy.
"Cooking with kids introduces them to ingredients they would not normally use and takes the fear out of trying something new!" says Sheona Foley of Cooks Academy, ( www.cooksacademy.com). " Overall it is so important to involve your children while cooking as it allows them to be creative and innovative."
The recipes in this gorgeous little cookbook
Christmas Baking for Children from Usborne are perfect for children, who will love its easy-to-follow instructions and straightforward explanations.
There are recipes for all those traditional baked goods we associate with Christmas, such as mince pies and mini Christmas cakes, as well as more international recipes such as the Germanic-based Stollen and Lebkuchen, the French Bûche de Noël ( Christmas log) and the wonderful-sounding ' Kringle', which comes from Denmark! The following two recipes are taken from
Christmas Baking for Children ( available from www. usborne. com) and are absolutely delicious ways to get your children involved in the Christmas preparations.
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