Friday, July 13, 2012

101 in 1001 #33

It's been a while since I posted about my 101 in 1001 project. It's still ticking along, slowly but surely! I need to do a mass post some point in the near future to cover a bunch of things that are in progress or not really worth an entire post to themselves. But for now, I've crossed off number 33 - teach Little Miss A to bake.

Sure, this was only her first attempt at baking anything, so I imagine it'll be a long road. But hey - I'm crossing it off anyway! It was all thanks to me showing her a photo of the very first cake I ever made, and her getting incredibly miffed about the fact that I did that when I was six, and she's currently seven, and how come SHE hasn't made a cake all by herself yet????

So when she was here the other day, I took her down to the supermarket, and we bought a gluten free packet mix. I helped her with the more complicated words in the instructions (like 'margarine'), and she did everything herself (except the oven related stuff), including measuring the milk and cracking the egg and chopping the butter. Warning: if small children wielding sharp(ish) knives makes you nervous/think I'm an irresponsible aunt, look away now:

She was super excited about the fact that a) she was baking and b) I let her use a knife:


Okay, so she didn't make the icing all on her own - buttercream is kind of tricky when you're seven, you know. But she'll get there soon enough!! The decorations, on the other hand, were all her. And she was incredibly proud:

Understandably - they're pretty impressive!!

When we'd finished, she told me that next time, she wants to make a recipe that doesn't come from a packet. I think this whole "teaching Little Miss A to bake" thing is off to an EXCELLENT start!

K xx

15 comments:

  1. It's so nice of you to teach your niece how to bake. I can't remember how old I was, but I always helped my granny when she was baking and it let to the best memories of Christmas cookie baking of ever :D

    ....Christmas cookies...damn...snap out of it..

    Also, you're niece looks very sweet.

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    1. Yeah, she's been helping for years (usually helping to taste the ingredients!), but this is the first time she's done anything on her own.

      Also, Christmas baking is the BEST.

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    2. Well, tasting the ingredients IS the best thing to do :D

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    3. It's true. Except that she won't take my word for it about certain things (raw egg, pectin, uncooked meat) not being good things to taste test, and tries to taste them anyway... *gag*

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    4. Uncooked meat huh? Ok that doesn't really sound good. My granny only told me to stay away from raw cookie dough which of course I didn't and I never felt sick eating a lot of what was originally intended to go into the cake pan :D

      But yeah, raw eggs are not good for you :(

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  2. Hahaha, the second picture looks delightfully mischievous. "You're letting me do this? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, big mistake."

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    1. I think it's equal parts "BWAHAHAHAHA, big mistake!" and "OHMYGOD I'M DOING THIS BY MYSELF AND IT'S SCARYYYYYYYY"...

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  3. Your niece is completely adorable! I love her expression in the second photo. The cupcakes look delicious, too - did they taste as good as they look?

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    1. They did! The icing was strawberry flavoured (well, technically I guess it was "that pink stuff that they put on top of doughnuts and call strawberry flavoured icing" flavoured), and the cupcakes were really moist - I think they had almond meal in them.

      Now the debate is whether to make a cake, cookies, or muffins next time!

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  4. Excellent!

    If you are going to try something from scratch, maybe you could go for a no-bake slice, or cookies with about four ingredients? Foolproof, and she'll expand her repertoire ;-)

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    1. Hmm, good plan!! Especially the no-bake slice part, because that way she can LITERALLY do the entire thing herself! Perhaps hedgehog. Then she can experience the joy of smashing an entire packet of biscuits with a rolling pin....... ;)

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  5. Could she BE any cuter?! Squeeee!

    Especially love the expression in the 2nd photo, heh heh. And the cupcakes look great, kudos to Little Miss A!

    xox

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    1. She is pretty cute. Although she'd be cuter if she didn't insist on pulling big chunks of her ponytail out because she wants a fringe... *eye roll*

      Yeah, her expression in that second photo is pretty priceless!
      <3

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  6. She might be the most adorable thing ever. And if she has an Australian accent (which I'm assuming she does since she's, you know, from Australia), she gets her cute points multiplied by 80 billion.

    I'm pretty sure us Americans got jipped a little on the cuteness factor due to the lack of awesome accent. ((sigh))

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    1. She does indeed have an Australian accent (which probably isn't all that surprising). And her favourite words at the moment are "SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?!?!" and "Sheeshabops". I think the latter is supposed to be "Shish kebabs", said in a "Holy cow!!" kind of a way, but I'm not 100% sure...

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