BAKING continues to take the country be storm at it’s never too early to learn the art of kneading, rolling, mixing and proving.
There are more baking and cookery books on the market than you can shake a stick out, but most are aimed at the adult market.
Ella’s Kitchen The Big Baking Book (The Yellow One ) is simply the opposite – although there is certainly a wide appeal for the older members of the family within, I know this from experience.
The Henley-based company was founded in 2006 by Paul Lindley who named the business after his daughter, Ella. The company, which makes organic baby and toddler food, is now coming into its own in the wonderful world of baking with this second book aimed at teaching children how much fun baking really is.
Says Ella, now aged 14: “Baking is fun, easy and very yummy.
“It is probably my favourite part of booking – it was the first kind of cooking I learned how to do.
“In my eyes, probably the best part of any of my birthdays has been the birthday cake, which my mum and I have made at home for all my 14 years.
“One prominent memory I have is of my ninth birthday party when we attempted to bake a cake which included nine little cats. Unfortunately they all ended up crumbling and our kitty cat masterpiece turned into a pile of cake, icing and sprinkles, which we aptly renamed Sugar Mountain.
“But of course baking isn’t all about cake, you can also have loads of fun baking savoury things such as personalised pizzas, cheesy scones or pasties which look like smiley faces.
“I hope this book inspires little people everywhere to go ahead and get their hands messy in the fouriest, yummiest ways possible.”
The book is vibrant, colourful and fun. It includes Ella’s Kitchen guide to healthier baking and many of the recipes are illustrated with the finished product, along with images of the children’s experiences of rolling their sleeves up and getting stuck in.
It even has a guide on how to make a chef’s hat and a cake stand so I can see I will be busy this weekend.
Ella’s dad Paul, who founded Ella’s Kitchen says: “I hope that you enjoy the adventures that the recipes aim to take you on. You create memories which will forever make you and your child smile, and that using this book together becomes a small part of your child’s journey into the big world where healthy eating habits will last a lifetime.
“Our recipes come from real families and have been road tested by our Ella’s Kitchen team and our friends. They all contain natural ingredients, selected and approved by our team of professional nutritionists.”
With more than 100 tasty recipes, book also encourages children to understand where their food comes from and how it is made which these days is really important.
There is much emphasis on children ditching the fast food and eating healthily and the book is an ideal aid for mums and dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, carers and guardians.
With chapters on Seriously Scrummy Snacks, Lovely Lunches, Tasty Teatime, Fab Family Dinners, It’s Party Time and Fun Outdoors there are recipes for all occasions.
I can’t wait to try the Mighty Meatloaf and the Dizzy Beef Pie.
A great book which encourages children (and adults) what food and baking is all about – fun!
Ella’s Kitchen The Big Baking Book is published by Hamlyn, out now, priced £14.99 in hardback