We were sent a copy of the new book by Ella’s Kitchen to review. Following the success of their cook book, Ella’s Kitchen’s latest culinary delight is their Big Baking Book. This bright and colourful book has 100 savoury and sweet recipes with a healthier twist aimed at toddlers and children.
The book has a fantastic balance, and will appeal to adults and children alike. There is a wide variety of snack, lunch, dinner and party food to choose from, most of which have photographs of the finished results (always a bonus for me). The uncomplicated recipes and easy-to-source ingredients take the stress out of cooking with little ones.
The best part of the book is how appealing it is to children. The recipes are displayed in a fun and playful way with quizzes, facts and activities throughout – a perfect distraction when you need to quickly tidy away cooking equipment. There’s even a page of stickers at the back to reward your little sous chef too.
This book is a brilliant way to encourage adults and children to bake together and enjoy the whole process of preparing and eating food.
As my Little Button is a fromage frais fiend, we tried out this simple fromage frais cake.
For this cake you will need:
- 2 eggs
- 2 x 55g pots of fromage frais
- 4 tablespoons mild olive or sunflower oil
- 1 peach or nectarine, cut into small dice
- 75g golden caster sugar
- 200g self-raising white flour
1. Preheat the oven to 180oC and grease and line a deep round cake tin.
2. With your little helper, beat the eggs in a bowl with a fork. Add the fromage frais, oil and fruit to the bowl and mix together. Add the sugar and flour and gently stir the ingredients together.
3. Spoon the mixture into your tin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until the cake is cooked. Leave to cool on a wire rack and then serve. It can be stored in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.
The cake turned out light and fruity and was enjoyed by Little Button and the adults equally. It was especially hard to photograph her eating the cake as everything is done standing up and on the move at the moment. That’s toddlers for you!
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~ Laura xx ~