Halloween Gingerbread


Bright horizons nurseries can be found up and down the country; with our nearest nursery in oxford. They recently sent Emily a cool doodle apron and copy of bright horizons nurseries cook book. The cook book is designed to encourage parents to cook more with their children, and share some of the favourite meals from nursery and preschool with the whole family. The dishes are balanced meals packed full of adventurous flavours, they are also healthy but made in a way that the most small people are happy to try.

This week Emily and I got our bake on, we decided to make ginger bread men! With Halloween coming up, I dug out our Halloween cutters so we could make fun shaped Halloween characters. We picked a bat shaped cutter, and a circle one which we are going to turn into pumpkins. Emily really enjoyed pushing the cutters onto the gingerbread dough, it was so nice to be able to bake with her again as we haven’t baked in a couple of months. I personally find that baking is a great way to bond.


Ingredients:
10oz self-raising flour
3 teaspoons ground ginger
4oz caster sugar
2oz margarine
3 tablespoons golden syrup
4 tablespoons milk



How to make them?
Heat the oven to gas mark 3
Grease a baking tray, place flour, and ginger in a bowl.
Add the sugar, margarine and syrup to the bowl and mix well.
Add the milk to a firm dough and knead with hands.
Roll out and cut the shapes out with a cutter and place onto a baking tray.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
allow to cool and decorate.


The recipe was really easy to follow, and Emily loved decorating her apron to wear, I love that I can just pop it into the washing machine and she can recreate a different design all over again. The hardest part for Emily was waiting for the gingerbread to cook and cool.

Once they were cooked she had lots of fun icing them, she even got her daddy involved. Emily is a pretty picky eater, every time we have offered her gingerbread before, she didn’t want it and wouldn’t even try it. Once the gingerbread shapes were baked, Emily couldn’t wait to try them, it is amazing what toddlers are willing to try when they have made it themselves.


I really enjoyed baking with Emily and it definitely is something I plan to do more often with her, rather than just sticking to cupcakes. It is an amazing life skill for her to learn, and I can’t wait to teach her all of our family recipes when she is older.


What’s your favourite thing to bake with your children?


7 comments

  1. Ah they look fab and lovely photos, as always! How adorable does Emily look in her apron too, bless her! X

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  2. fab photos! This is such a lovely idea for halloween (except cooking with my kids stresses me out a bit haha). I need to just embrace the mess though!

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  3. They look fab Emily looks like she is having fun. They are a perfect Halloween treat.

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  4. Yum, these look delicious and what a fun activity for little ones.... perfect! x

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  5. She looks like she really enjoyed making them :) LOVE that apron!

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  6. My goodness! Im pretty sure these are some of the best Halloween gingerbread cookies I've seen :D
    So cute hun - I need to do some with Hayden.
    Charlotte x

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  7. These look FAB! I have never made gingerbread but will deffo give these a go! xx

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