Tuesday 29 May 2012

Button Muffins

Some days Ebi-kun will ask to cook or bake, he usually manages to time it when I don't have much in by way of ingredients but this time was fine. He got out 'his' cookbook Honest Pretzels (the big brother book to Pretend Soup) and picked out button muffins.

He is very confident in the kitchen these days and can follow the recipe through to the end, my job was to get out the ingredients, most are in a high cupboard, do the oven bits and erm... the washing up!

*TOP TIP* when measuring ingredients put it all on a baking tray, makes clean up so much easier!

He has also mastered the art of cracking eggs, next step will be to learn how to separate them.

Oh yes, I did have another job, we were running short of time so I scooped the mix into the liners and he put in the 'buttons'

Finished muffins, yum! He has decided that next time he makes these he wants to try a different flavour by adding strawberries or banana. I am so glad that he is confident enough to take the basic recipe and mix it up. At this rate I will have him capable of cooking three course meals, unassisted by the time he is ten! eight!

We both like Pretend Soup and Honest Pretzels, the recipes are easy to follow, there is a section for parents to read too. My only gripe would be that there are no recipes involving meat but there are plenty of veggie dishes. What works well for us is that I will prepare/cook the main part of the meal and Ebi-kun is in charge of a veggie side dish. He obviously works slower than I do so it works well for timing the meal too. He was happy to see zucchini in the supermarket the other day because he loves making zucchini moons but is number on favourite recipe? Mac and cheese - from scratch not out of a box.

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  1. Looks super yummy!
    Thanks for the tips

  2. Considering how much my little one loves to help me in the kitchen at 3 y/o, and already has three cookbooks (that we use together), I should look these up too. She can't read yet, but I do the reading and she helps with the measuring, mixing, and decorating.

    Those muffins do look good, yum!

    1. the first book - pretend soup is aimed at pre-schoolers so the instructions are mostly drawn pictures (they obviously expect an adult to help too). I like how it is proper food not just cookies and cakes. The first book Ebi-kun loved making noodle soup and pretty much did it by himself after the first couple of times.

    2. Found it and added it to my shopping list. Thank you so much for the tip. :)

  3. He's such a cutie- I'd sure let him join the family! heehee


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