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As C was the only one at home whilst M was off at Nannies for the day, and D was at school, she wanted to do some baking, she loves being in the kitchen learning how to cook from scratch, making up recipes with her dad, or following recipes with baking. At six she’s already pretty certain she wants to own her own vegan restaurant.

I wanted to give her the opportunity to do this herself, with minimal help from me, she stepped up and nailed it! I couldn’t be prouder of her, she loves being able to do things herself, so other than doing the mixing and putting the tins in the oven and taking them back out again she did it all herself. My approach is to facilitate her learning, showing her where to look and ultimately how to learn, as I feel this is an area that a lot of people (myself included a few years ago) struggle with.

Most of us no doubt did food technology at school, and cook / bake regularly. I bet most of us do not even give it a second thought about what subjects are actually covered during this process, but once you remove the school way of thinking and begin breaking things down you soon start to see the value in everything.

Baking covers: Science – the changing properties of ingredients, English – reading ingredients lists, method, Maths – weighing ingredients, number recognition, quantities, timings.

I want to raise capable kids, who not only know what they need to do, but also how to do it.

If we don’t allow the space for kids to attempt things how will they ever know what they’re capable of?

We had enough batter left over from the cupcakes that she wanted to make Nannie a cake, and her dad and I a cake. (Tastes delicious too!)

Here’s the recipe we used.

Ingredients

300ml non dairy milk

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

325g self raising flour

200g caster sugar

150g trex

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder.

Method

1. Heat the oven to 180C and lightly grease two 8″ cake pans, you could also line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. Stir the vinegar with the milk and leave to curdle, it will look like sick, over look it!

3. In a bowl add the sugar and trex, whisk these together.

4. Sift in the flour and baking powder.

5. Add the buttermilk and whisk together until smooth, don’t over mix.

6. Divide the batter between the two pans.

7. Bake for 25 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

8. Allow to cool in the pans slightly before removing to cool fully on a rack.

NB – recipe found on veggiedesserts

Nicci x

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