Baking with Crayola

We’ve caught the baking bug in our house. I used to bake from scratch ALL the time but as I got older I lost my mojo and my husband wasn’t keen on all the cakes adding to his waist line! Although I know how to bake from scratch I do have a guilty pleasure for packet ready bakes, especially when baking with a toddler. I searched the baking aisle in Sainsbury’s and came across a packet by Crayola. Who knew they had branched into baking goods?!

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We gathered all the extra bits we needed and got our bake on. We emptied the cake mix into a bowl and added the water, oil and golden syrup. I think we may have added a tad too much golden syrup as the mixture was so runny. We needed to add flour to the mixture to make it dry enough to cut shapes out.

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Betty really enjoyed cutting the shapes out, I love that the packet included a cookie cutter and icing examples for you to follow.

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A slight downside to this particular packet bake is the price and how much mixture you get. I think they are £2.99 in Sainsbury’s and the mixture only makes 6 cookies (we only managed to get 5) you also need to add slightly unusual ingredients compared to other packet bakes on the shelfs.

We iced the cookies the next day and it’s safe to say Betty thought that was the best bit. The packet includes two packets of icing and two mini icing tubes. I really wanted to follow the icing examples so I let Betty go mad with the main colours and then I nipped in to add the detail, I think they turned out ok considering Betty obviously had some input into the detail bits too.

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There are pros and cons for this particular packet bake but I haven’t been put off so will definitely be looking for more by Crayola!

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Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

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Oat cookies


Recently Betty has shown a real interest in baking so I thought I would round up some bits and get baking with her.I found a recipe for oaty cookies which looked quick and simple, a must when baking with a toddler!

Betty absolutely loved helping me measure out the ingredients and had even more fun mixing them together.



I would say it took about 5 minutes to get the ingredients sorted and mixed together and then 12 minutes to bake. Perfect!


Betty wasn’t too fussed about watching them cook and she actually isn’t that keen about eating them, I don’t think they are naughty enough for her. Me however, well I can’t get enough of them. They are a really nice sweet treat and perfect with a coffee. They contain oats so they are super healthy too. Ish.


I had to tweak the recipe slightly as my store cupboard wasn’t fully stocked. I say store cupboard but what I actually mean is my two Tupperware boxes full of baking essentials.

So here is the original recipe for you to use if you’d like to enjoy a quick bake activity with your little one.

Ingredients

110g butter

115g dark brown sugar (we used light brown)

1 egg

150g porridge oats

75g self raising flour

75g raisins (we didn’t include raisins)

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

100g chocolate chips (we made a second batch and included fairly milk chunks, I can highly recommend doing that!)

Method

Preheat oven to 200.

Combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg then slowly stir in the rest of the ingredients. Shape the mixture into balls and place on a lined baking tray. The mixture should make approximately 24 cookies. Be sure to leave enough space between each cookie as they do spread once in the oven. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes/until golden brown. They taste best the day after.


Do let me know if you try it out, I’d love to hear if you changed the recipe a bit to suit you.
Thanks for reading,

Sarah x