An Easy Quick Bread To Bake With Kids
Winter is still lingering here in New England but I’m looking forward to Springtime weather and flavors. The warmer temperatures and flowers alway make me feel refreshed and ready to enjoy the outdoors. Every year my kitchen helper and I travel to a local orchard to pick berries and we especially love blueberry season. Although blueberries are not in season here, this Lemon Blueberry Quick Bread is a great way to get your Spring flavor fix. I will definitely be making this recipe again once my kitchen helper and I pick our first bucket of blueberries. If you love the combination of lemon and blueberry then this quick bread is a perfect recipe to make and is easy enough to have your kitchen helper(s) by your side. I have also added a Lemon Glaze recipe for that added punch of citrus, but your kitchen helper might prefer the bread without, so it’s optional.
Here are some great tips for baking with kids, even as young as two years old.
- Pre-measure ALL your ingredients. Even if the recipe calls for eggs. Crack them and place them into a mug. I cover the mug with a GIR reusable lid (alternative is plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator until use. Why do I pre-measure? This drastically reduces the stress and mess that can come along when baking with little kids. They are so excited to pour and mix that they don’t have to wait and lose focus. A mess can occur when their focus is lost and when you pre-measure you can place the ingredients into kid friendly containers, as seen in the image below.
- Place ingredients into kid appropriate containers. When you pre-measure the ingredients it give you the opportunity to place them in easy to handle containers. Why is this important? The goal is to have all the ingredients make it into the bowl and if the child cannot easily hold the containers then they will miss their target. (extra tip: use the largest mixing bowl you have. The larger the bowl the bigger the target, which mean the best chance for less mess)
- Use silicone tools when possible. Silicone tools, such as spatulas, spoons and pinch bowls, are easy to clean and not breakable. Extra Tip: I have even found extra large plastic bowls to mix in. You can never be too safe or cautious.
Recipe adapted from Baked From Scratch Magazine recipe.
Products mentioned in this post: GIR Lid