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Take your kids to Crafty Cooks

As my Mudlets are both now taller than me and actively try and avoid the kitchen, Muddy’s Carla Lacey tried out Crafty Cooks with her eldest. Bake Off, you may have yourself a contender, take it away Carla…

My Mini Mudster loves a bit of baking, but I despair at the destruction in the kitchen afterwards, so when I heard about Maria at Crafty Cooks, who lets your children do it in her kitchen instead, I thought it’s got to be worth a try!

Crafty Cooks is a fun cooking class held in Maria’s Northampton home for children aged 2 and a half upwards. I’m not gonna lie, I was fully expecting us all to be covered in flour or other baking ingredients by the time we went home. I was just hoping that by the end we had something half edible to take home with us, and on the menu was fruit scones and butter. As you arrive the table is all laid out ready for the littlies to start cooking and already I was happy that someone else had gone to all the trouble.

Maria starts talking to the children on their level, engages with them and tries to find something they’re interested in to make them feel relaxed. Some of the ingredients she has already weighed out for them and others she encourages them to do for themselves, but I was very surprised by the amount the children actually do for themselves without it leading to total kitchen carnage. Freddie aged 6 was able to mix up the flour and butter into a dough without too much fuss. He needed a bit of help rolling out, Maria tries to let the children do as much as they can for themselves but is there to help when it’s needed… Obviously the age of your child very much depends on how much help they need and for younger ones some parent participation is required too.

While the scones were in the oven we made the butter, which basically involves shaking cream A LOT! Freddie thought it was great fun … shake shake shake! If the recipe doesn’t need butter then Maria uses the time to do taste testing with something relevant to the recipe, which is intended to be educational too, the hour goes really quickly and the mess was nowhere near like I was expecting!

We ended up with quite a lot of scones, which were not only only edible but actually very tasty and we got a recipe card to take home in case we want to make them again. If your child has an aspiration to bake but you don’t fancy the tidying afterwards then at only £7.50 a class, this is a no brainer. You can either do one-off classes or book up for a course and younger siblings are also welcome along to watch too, so there’s no excuse!. At the end Freddie asked when we could do it again, so he clearly enjoyed it. For more information contact Maria Rix on 07985 408289, e mail her on maria@craftycooks.co.uk or visit the website!

 

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