Name: Flapjack Friends
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
For all the parents out there who want to enjoy a fun affordable activity with their children, then opt for baking. It is a great way to interact with your little ones – especially if it is cold and rainy weather and you prefer a day indoors.
I have to admit that I am not at all a chef, but I have a few recipe’s which I enjoy making. When it comes to baking, I find that I am able to involve him and it allows me to spend much-needed quality time.
I find that at 2 years old, he is at a critical age where my husband and I need to teach him as much as we can, or at least try.
During and after the baking experience I realised a few exciting benefits:
- He spent less time wanting to watch TV. (I do try to limit this and this was one way of taking his attention away for anything digital)
- The process of baking helped him build his creativity
- The final result helped him enhance his imagination
- Working with the food colouring and different colours of the ingredients assisted in him repeating and in turn revising the colours he knew as well as learning new ones.
- He learnt to repeat the names of the ingredients
- He used his listening skills
Here’s the easy-to-do basic recipe:
Ingredients: (I used a tea cup to measure out everything)
2x tea cups of flour (+-300g)
1/3 tea cup of brown sugar
1 tea cup of milk
½ cup cold tap water
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cap/drop of vanilla essence
1 pinch of salt
1x large egg
Cookie cutter (I chose the shape of a person)
1/3 cup of strawberry Nesquick
1 cap/drop of food colouring (I used blue)
Heat a frying pan (preferably non-stick) with a drop of cooking/canola oil
Once hot, turn the heat down to about 3.
For the batter:
In one bowl, sieve together and mix the dry ingredients – except for the Nesquick
In another bowl, beat the egg and milk, water and vanilla essence together
Combine the ingredients by mixing the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
Mix until it becomes a thick yet pourable batter. Do not over mix. Then fold in the Nesquick and food colouring
Pour batter into a jug to make it easier to work with
Then pour the batter into the pan in the size needed in order to cut a shape out of it using a cookie cutter.
Watch for tiny bubbles starting to appear on the top of the flapjack and turn. Keep checking the flapjack. It should turn a light golden brown colour on the other side when done.
Place aside and leave to cool.
Once all the flapjacks are cooked and cooled, press a cookie cutter into each one to create your flapjack friends.