Days are going by, and if I didn’t know about the tragedy that stands behind it, I would say it is idyllic. It’s like, there’s this collateral beauty, that came out
of the need of self-isolation. Teaching my children, spending with them more time then ever, brought us even closer together. The weather is beautiful, and I couldn’t be more grateful, that we have a back garden, so we can still enjoy outdoor fun. But as the forecast say, it will change in a few days, I am already thinking about things we can do inside…
BAKING WITH KIDS
One of the things you can involve your children in, is baking. They love to help with mixing the ingredients, and preparing the cake dough. As baking is my hobby I chose it to be the first thing we do together, during ‘stay-at-home’ period. It’s not just fun, but it teaches them life skills, help develop manual skills, and simply bring you even closer together.
My family’s favorite cake is chocolate cake. And not just any cake, there’s one recipe I use, since I was a teenager, and everybody loves it! I called it Oliwer’s chocolate cake, because my oldest son could it tones of it…
It is the first cake I’ve learnt to bake. I got the recipe from my friend, and it’s always on the first page of my baking notebooks, every since. It’s great on it’s own, and perfect with custard.
- 23cm round baking tin, lined with baking/greaseproof paper
- 200 g butter unsalted
- 2 cups flour plain
- 1,5 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 0,5 cup water
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- If you're making this cake with your child prepare a small cooking pan, and all the ingredients.
- Let your child place butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and water in the pan.
- Now it's your turn. Put the pan on your cooker, and melt the ingredients, stirring constantly, until mixed into chocolate sauce. Don't boil them! Leave them to cool slightly. Take 1/4 of the cup of chocolate sauce, an leave it on the side, to pour it over the cake when it's finished.
- While you are doing this, your child can prepare the flour and baking powder, by sieving them together into one bowl.
- Pour your cooled down chocolate sauce from the pan into a mixing bowl. Let your child add to it: flour, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix it well.
- Pour your cake mixture into prepared cake tin, and bake it in 150°C for 50 mins.
Easy to make, and very tasty. Just writing about it makes me want to bake it again. I hope you’ll enjoy preparing it, and eating it after.
Let me know if you have any questions, and if you liked it.
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